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 largest member association of varsity esports programs at colleges and universities across the U.S.

  • 240+ member schools
  • 5,000+ student-athletes
  • $16 million in esports scholarships and aid
  • Annual national convention
  • Private discord server (voice-over software) for athletic directors, coaches, and more

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 170+ institutions. As of June 2019, over 94% of all varsity esports programs in the U.S. are members of NACE with an ever increasing number of schools exploring esports.


Who are we?

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

Board of Directors:

Joey Gawrysiak

Shenandoah University

Jim Carr


Travis Yang

Wichita State University

Eugene Frier

Texas Wesleyan University

Danielle Sirekis

Lawrence Technological University

Shaun Byrne

St. Clair College

James McGhee

Randolph – Macon College

Sari Kitelyn

Full Sail University

Jacqueline Lamm

Minnesota State University – Mankato

Competition Council:

Adam Antor

Florida Southern University

Chase Neukam

St. Ambrose University

David Dickert

University of Southern Mississippi

Henry Johnston

Clarke University

Chris Funston

St. Clair College

Danny O’Connell

University of Kansas

David Shapiro

Lebanon Valley College

Colin Graham

Davenport University

Travis Lynn

Shawnee State University

Eligibility Enforcement Committee:

James Lewallen

Keiser University- Pembroke Pines

Alec Mueller

Ashland University

Stephen Arthur

ECPI University

Colin Tracy

Columbia College

Miles Dean

George Fox University

Dennis Bubrig

University of Southern Mississippi

Zachary Allor

Kansas Wesleyan University

NACE National Office Team:

Michael Brooks

Executive Director

Michael Jones

Director of Operations

Mikey Torres

Competition Support Specialist

Joshua Myers

Director of Competition

Nathan Mercurio

Marketing Communications Manager

Ashley Jones

Director of Membership Sales and Services

Scott Rarden

Director of Business Intelligence