Our Game Coaches

The Next Level Gaming coaches are the best around

When you book with Next Level Gaming, you get game coaches who are knowledgeable, attentive, approachable, and fun!  

Willie Blount, Owner

I am the owner and founder of Next Level Gaming.  After graduating high school in the 90s, I served the United States Marine Corps for six years, was honorably discharged in 2000, and went to work for the United States Congress as an IT manager.  I have been an entrepreneur in some shape or form since childhood and even made it onto Shark Tank.  I continually look for ways to improve the lives of those around me.  

In October 2020, I decided I wanted to build the very best gaming theater and mobile esports platform around, and Next Level Gaming was born.  I launched our company in May 2021, and retired from my work with the federal government in July 2021.  This is my company, my passion, and my full time activity.  My every intent is to make my customers, whether private, corporate, government, or military very happy they went with us!

Senior Coach Tayo

I was born and raised in Howard County and graduated from Hammond High School in 2019. Currently, I am a Junior at the University of Maryland studying Information Science and plan on graduating in the Winter of 2022. I love football, boxing, working with technology, and playing video games.

I am genuinely passionate about entertaining others, making people laugh, and having fun! Working with you, our outstanding customers, is a great honor and privilege and I will continue to put my absolute best effort into exceeding your expectations at every event!

 

Coach Jack

My name is Jackson Mansolillo and I’m a game coach at Next Level Gaming. I’m 14 years old and I’m going to be a freshman at Hammond High School. I have been swimming for 8 years and I swim for the Columbia Clippers. I also enjoy playing golf and am planning on playing for my high school team. I’m a member of Boy Scout Troop 75 and my rank is Star scout. I plan to continue with Scouting until I achieve my eagle scout rank. In July 2021, I went on a backpacking trip in Goshen, VA and hiked over 50 miles in 5 days with 5 other boys from my Boy Scout Troop. I had the best time ever even though it was challenging. 

I’ve enjoyed playing video games since I was 7 years old. My favorite video game is MineCraft.

Coach Mike

Hi! My name is Mike and I’m currently studying marketing at James Madison University. I plan to graduate in the Fall of 2023. I have a deep passion in video games, but not just in playing them, but also in how they can effect us socially and mentally. I’m a big advocate for making everyone feel included and welcomed to our Next Level Gaming community, and I hope to create some great memories and experiences for everyone lucky enough to choose us!

Coach Nick

Hey everyone! My name is Nick. I’m from Howard County, Maryland, and graduated from Hammond High School in 2017. I’m currently a 5th year Physics major at UMBC, and I love playing video games!

The second I heard about Next Level Gaming, I knew I had to be a part of it. My fondest memories as a kid are from playing video games with my friends, and I will do my best as a game coach to bring that same experience that brought me so much joy to other people.

Coach and Driver Jerry

Born and Raised in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of the Nation’s Capital, Coach Jerry’s ruthlessness is legendary. He began his video game career at age 4 playing NES hits like Contra, Super Mario Bros 2, Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. Its rumored he spent all of his coin in Central American arcades while visiting family in the summertime growing up. 
By 16, the Sony Playstation 2 had taken the country by storm. But Coach Jerry stayed true to his roots and quietly played Pokemon Red on his Nintendo Gameboy Color on the bus ride to and from school. 
His dedication to Nintendo stood firm until 4 years later when he bought his first Playstation Portable.
Over the years his game library flourishes, as does his legend. Some say if you listen hard enough, you can hear the sound of someone rage quitting. Followed by a deep voice that asks “Who’s next?” 
Coach Jerry’s favorite games to play right now are Rainbow Six Siege on PC and Civilization 6 on the switch. 
When he’s not gaming, he enjoys hanging out with his loyal pack of dogs, flying drones inside the house, eating bacon, and taking long naps on the beach. 
He can’t wait for his infant son to learn how to play video games so he can school the little squeaker on Nintendo. 

Coach and Driver Russell

Hello, I’m Russell, a Virginia native and graduate of The College of William and Mary. I’ve worked in the entertainment business my whole life, primarily as an actor and musician. I’ve performed all over the US and internationally, most notably for several years as a member of the world-famous Blue Man Group. Additional credits include lots of theatre, a Broadway tour, film, tv, voiceover, multiple bands/music acts, stage fighting and stunt work, and even a cruise ship. I’ve spent decades giving audiences exciting and meaningful experiences, and now that includes creating fun and memorable events with Next Level Gaming. 

 

Coach Bryce

Hello my name is Bryce.  I have been a gamer for 10 years and love working with kids so this job was a blessing!  I work my hardest every party to insure everyone in the game truck has a great time no matter the age and I cant wait for the time I see you at our game truck! (best in Maryland).

Coach Erik

Hello there, I’m Erik. I was born & raised in Maryland, more specifically this area but all around Anne Arundel/Howard County. I graduated from Meade High School. Currently I am a Twitch Streamer & Musical Artist. My goal is to be an entertainer full time with my main focus being music. I love to learn about new things, come up with new ideas to benefit myself and others, & just chill or play games. Playstation specifically 🙂 My favorite games are Apex Legends & NBA 2K. Hope to see you at your next party & add some fun to it!

Coach Kayla

Hey! My name is Kayla. I’m 16 years old and i’m currently a junior at Atholton High School. I’m in their JROTC program and I do cheerleading not just at school but also at Cheer Extreme in Rockville. I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember, learning about them from my older brother. My favorite video game is Minecraft. Hope to see you soon!

Coach Keith

Hi everyone, My name is Keith. I graduated from Linganore high school in 2016. For the next few years I had coached and directed color guards of ages 14-18. In 2018 I closed that chapter of my life and began working as a legal assistant in Columbia. Through that firm I was granted the opportunity to meet many life mentors one of which being Willie. I am driven and optimistic to make every engagement an opportunistic one.

As a Coach with Next Level Gaming I am excited to bring fun and creativity back into our lives in a big way. With the help of Willie and the excellent team he has built, I look forward to building a great community. There is much to come and I am ready!

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