Ashland University announced on Tuesday (March 20) that its new esports program would be joining the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) as one of its member institutions.
"We are excited to be joining an organization that was created by collegiate esports institutions for collegiate esports institutions," said AU's head coach Josh Buchanan. "NACE is providing the structure, guidance and resources institutions need to be successful in the growing collegiate esports scene."
NACE is the only institutional association for varsity esports, helping build the foundation for high level competition in collegiate esports while creating new opportunities for students to gain a college education.
Ashland is offering scholarships of up to $4,000 for esports players who meet the competitive and academic requirements of the program.
The Eagles announced their esports program and the hiring of Buchanan as their head coach on Feb. 1. The team will begin competition in the 2018-19 school year.
Ashland plans to field teams in League of Legends and Overwatch, but is also looking to pursue competing in other titles, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, Hearthstone and Starcraft.
If you are a high school senior and are interested in competing on the AU esports team, please fill out the FORM LINKED HERE and Coach Buchanan will be in contact.