Quality Assurance Analyst in Software Industry, Team Leadership and Project Management
For a few Saturdays every year, in the mid-to-late 90s, a young Blake Hymel sat around a radio with his two brothers and grandfather. Listening to the LSU Tigers play (and usually lose), Blake’s passion for football blossomed. Shortly after, Blake began playing little league football. Often too small for his age group, Blake typically played in a lower age bracket, but nonetheless loved being around the sport. When Blake reached high school, he measured in at 5 feet tall and 100 pounds and decided, inexplicably, to play wide receiver on the high school football team. He didn’t play much but was happy to be on the team and be around football.
After his sophomore year, thanks to the release of the Xbox and Halo: Combat Evolved, Blake found a new passion in video games. He no longer played football but continued to be a die-hard LSU football fan. His new passion in video games led him to drop out of college and become a Quality Assurance Tester for Electronic Arts (IT’S IN THE GAME!). During his 8 years with EA, Blake rose through the ranks from tester to team lead, and ultimately to project leader. It was during these 8 years that Blake developed a keen attention to detail, an expertise in analyzing data, and a soul-crushing ability to write informational reports.
Shortly after leaving EA, Blake realized that his passion for football and his skills learned throughout his QA career could be combined to become an NFL scout. After some internet research, he stumbled upon the SMWW course for football scouting and general management. During the 2-month course, Blake learned how to scout football players and break down game film. After the course, Blake went to the SMWW conference in Indianapolis and met the Blitzalytics team. They thought he was a pretty cool guy and let him write reports for their website.