The Muskingum University Athletic Department announced today that it will launch esports as a new varsity intercollegiate sport during the 2019-20 academic year. The addition of esports brings the total number of varsity sport programs offered by the University to 22.
Esports, which involves teams representing their institutions in competitive online gaming through multiplayer matches, will be the first sport added at Muskingum since lacrosse was fielded in 2015. Muskingum plans on joining the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) which currently has a membership of over 125-plus schools. NACE is the only association of varsity esports programs at colleges and universities across the United States.
"I'm thrilled to expand the scope of Muskingum's varsity sport offerings to include esports," said Muskingum Vice President and Athletic Director Steve Brockelbank. "The opportunity to add one of the fastest-growing, innovative sports in the country is exciting. I'm looking forward to welcoming esport athletes to Muskingum's campus in the fall."
Muskingum is currently in the development stages for a planned on-campus gaming arena and is in the process of searching for a head coach to lead the esports program. Individuals interested in the esport coaching position may apply at https://www.muskingum.edu/human-resources/head-esports-coach. Prospective student-athletes interested in being a member of the Muskingum esports team can contact Steve Brockelbank at email@example.com.
Founded in 1837 in New Concord, Ohio, Muskingum University emphasizes entrepreneurial and experiential learning opportunities on its campus, in the community, and around the world. Muskingum offers more than 60 undergraduate majors which prepare students for the professional workforce and advanced studies; three master's degree programs; a post-master's degree; the Muskingum Adult Program featuring online and evening courses; and workforce development partnerships for continuing education. Muskingum's excellence is measured most significantly by its alumni, who have served as corporate CEOs, media figures, scientists, educators, health professionals, civic leaders, neighbors, and friends.