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Michael "Moog" Aguilar

Director, Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation

Mike Aguilar, M.B.A., also referred to as “Moog”, is the Director of Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation housed inside the Division of Student Affairs for The University of Oklahoma. This position was created through his efforts of developing gaming and esports cultures and programs starting in 2016. He is a U.S. Army veteran, has worked for Apple, as well as Oklahoma County doing IT based work and was hired at OU in IT back in 2013 before fully transitioning to this directorship in Spring 2022.

Moog attributes much of his organizational and strategic abilities and successes to World of Warcraft. Managing a guild of over 150 people from all over the world converted him from an extremely introverted person into a very extroverted one. Through his 4 years managing this guild he also led raids during the initial WoW days through several expansions where 40 individuals were required to accomplish highly coordinated tasks through VoIP communication in real-time.

Moog has been a gamer since the Atari days in the 80s and can enjoy all genres when the timing is right. Mike's biggest passion is creating opportunities for anybody he crosses path with and through gaming and esports he believes there are a lot of untapped pathways. 

OU ECCI Director Job Description (For Public Reference)

Because this role is so new to the industry I have requested permission to showcase the job description that has put this role into a full 100% time allocated 1.0 FTE capacity.



Notable Media

2019 TEDxOU Talk: Esports in Higher Education - The Perfect Landscape

2019 TEDx Talk bout leveraging the innovation of higher education with esports as the focus of development. This talk revealed the entire business intention of our developments and was what was conceptualized in 2016 and is still 95% true to it's roadmap today. 

DLC Podcast - The Career Paths and Opportunities in Esports

A 2022 podcast with John Davidson.