From Rocket League President, to SysTech Director, to Vice President of Rutgers Esports, few have worn as many hats (or kilts!) as our next senior, Kyle “TheMrFrick” Frick. Whether it be serving as a liaison between our org, OIT, and ITS, or manually fixing networking issues on the spot, Kyle is a natural at staying calm in the face of disastrous internet issues and has been instrumental in the successes of our biggest events.
Straightforward and to-the-point, Kyle was always ready to address problems, whether that be related to Rutgers Esports, Rocket League, or computer science. His unique perspective and problem-solving skills was always a welcome one in the Rutgers Esports family and often brought progress to our discussions whenever the rest of us were stumped. Kyle cares deeply for Esports and it shows during his presentation ventures as a representative of Rutgers Esports. Traveling to various schools and board meetings, Kyle and his zest for teaching was met with admiration as he helped other schools launch their esports programs. His eagerness to help and to better the Esports scene has left an impact that will be felt well beyond his absence.
Having graduated with a B.S in Computer Science, Kyle will have a fresh new start to his career as a software developer as he travels to Wisconsin to work at Epic. Alongside this, his unrelenting passion has led him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he’ll be aiding in the growth of their esports program. Kyle, if your time with us was any indication of your vast knowledge and skill, we’re confident that you’ll do great things! We wish you the absolute best!
When did you get involved with us?
I became involved with Rutgers Esports during the Fall Semester of 2017, but didn’t officially join the club as an Eboard member until the Halloween Event of 2017. It was a really tough time for Rutgers Esports, but I was glad to join anyway.
What degree are you graduating with?
I will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science.
What did you do in your time with us?
During my time with Rutgers Esports, I established the Rocket League club and in the first year, I was part of the competitive team that was 24th in the nation. Later in the Rocket League organization, we got up to within the top 10 in the nation. Also during my time, I became the Director of Systems and Technology and lead 3 major projects, 1. The recreation of the Esports Website, 2. Internal restructuring of Systems and Technology and 3. Password Database for the organization (however, I don’t think 2 and 3 are used anymore). Additionally, I was voted in as the Vice President during times in which there wasn’t an active participating Vice President. During my time as Vice President I aided in the creation and running of meetings (although, in my opinion, not all too well. I could’ve done better). During my entire time in the org, I became part of the family that is Rutgers Esports. I wouldn’t trade it away for anything.
What drew you to Rocket League as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?
I’ve been drawn to Rocket League because it was one of the few competing games that I was actually decent at. Madden wasn’t a club, but who would want to play that game for money? Rocket League has exploding flying cars and big balls, what more could you ask for? My main focus of gaming is 100% the games, I used to 100% almost all the games that I played pre-PS3/Xbox360 era. During and after the PS3/Xbox360 era with the introduction of trophies and achievements, I make it my goal to obtain all the trophy/achievements in a game.
What are you doing now that you’ve graduated?
I’m technically not graduated; just finishing off my college credit over the summer. But since my technical ‘graduation’ I have been applying to many jobs and schools to become part of the cybersecurity industry to make daily living safer.
What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of Sys. Tech.? What about as Vice President?
The most rewarding part of being part of the Systech team was to create new things from nothing, but also my very long phone calls and meetings with OIT and ITS to make sure that our events had internet and if there were also troubleshooting things that we had to do.
As Vice President, my fondest memory was going around and meeting all the new board members and learning what brought them to Rutgers Esports. Those guys will lead us in the right direction, or straight into turmoil. Either one, my popcorn is ready.
What’s your fondest memory of your time at Esports?
My fondest memory of Rutgers Esports huh? My fondest memory, if not my first couple of meetings, would be the expression of the members of our community and players during some of the biggest gaming competitions that we held. It was always amazing to see their expression and it told us that we were doing our part to make everyone enjoy their time and feel welcome at Rutgers Esports.
Which Rocket League cosmetic is your favorite (ex. The cake or wizard hat)?
I haven’t played Rocket League since I was on the team, so I don’t know any of the newer cosmetics, but when I was playing, I was always wearing the Top Hat topper. Made me feel like a posh person when I beat people.