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About

The National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of our member institutions.

What is NACE?

The National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of our member institutions. Together, our members are developing the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate eSports in the varsity space. We are collaborating to lay the groundwork in areas such as: Eligibility, Path to Graduation, and Competition & Scholarships. NACE is the only association of varsity eSports programs at colleges and universities across the U.S.

This is the Beginning.

NACE officially formed on July 28, 2016 at the first ever Collegiate eSports Summit held in Kansas City, MO. At that time only seven colleges and universities had varsity eSports programs. Since then a rapidly growing number of institutions have launched varsity programming, with a current count of 30 institutions. As of January 2017, over 90% of all varsity eSports programs in the U.S. are members of NACE with an ever increasing number of schools exploring eSports.

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Member Schools

Who are we?

Our leadership rests with our Board of Directors, administrators elected from our member institutions.

Board of Directors:

Jay Prescott

Grand View University

Joshua Clary

Brescia University

Bryan Curtis

Columbia College

John Yehling

Missouri Baptist University

Kurt Melcher

Robert Morris University

Eric VanHoose

University of Pikeville

Dave Gillespie

Midland University

Matt Thompson

Kansas Wesleyan University

Competition Council:

Chris Allison

Southwest Baptist University

John Hay

Western Kentucky University

Layne Shirley

Kansas Wesleyan University

Jarrett Fleming

Maryville University

Kyle Klinker

Indiana Tech

Cory Cahill

Lourdes University

Andrew Reddington

Illinois Wesleyan University

NACE Team:

Alan Grosbach

Assistant Director

Leigh Schenck

Vice President Product Development

Michael Brooks

Executive Director

Scott Harold

Vice President Information Technology