Joshua Buchanan is the first head esports coach at Ashland University.
He came to Ashland from Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy. He brings with him experience as team manager for Sloth E-Sports Club LLC, a premier North American StarCraft 2 & Super Smash Bros. Melee organization.
While coaching at Ashland, Buchanan plays StarCraft 2 professionally, where he ranks 25th in the United States, and has more than seven years of competitive experience. Buchanan also has competitive experience in other game titles, such as DOTA 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Hearthstone.
During his first season as head esports coach at Ashland, Buchanan lead the team to first place in the AVGL Collegiate Fortnite Tournament Series. During that first season, the team made the playoffs in Tespa Hearthstone, Tespa Overwatch, CSL Fortnite, and CSL League of Legends.
Ashland esports also completed the campaign finishing second in Hearthstone and third in Overwatch at the Zips Collegiate Esports Invitational.