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.

  • 170+ 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.

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Member Schools 2018

Who are we?

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

Board of Directors:

Ashley Jones

Park University

Joey Gawrysiak

Shenandoah University

Eugene Frier

Texas Wesleyan University

James McGhee

Randolph - Macon College

Jim Carr

CEO of the NAIA

Joshua Young

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Kevin Reape

University of Missouri

Mike Glover

ECPI University

Travis Yang

Texas A&M University - San Antonio

Shaun Byrne

St. Clair College

Competition Council:

Adam Antor

Aquinas College

Joshua Buchanan

Alvernia University

Aaron Shockley

Central Methodist University

Joseph Rudy

Coker College

Mike Jones

Drury University

Joshua Myers

ECPI University

Alex Gunnerson

Randolph-Macon College

David Shapiro

Lebanon Valley College

Chase Neukam

St. Ambrose University

Lemar Daniels

Lourdes University

Eligibility Enforcement Committee:

Stephen Arthur

ECPI University

James Franklin

Indiana Institute of Technology

Teddy Delaney

Lackawanna College

Logan Hermes

Concordia University - St. Paul

Chris Funston

St. Clair College

Jacquie Lamm

Minnesota State University - Mankato

NACE Team:

Michael Brooks

Executive Director

Scott Harold

Vice President Information Technology

Patrick Ocampo

Director of Membership Sales and Services

Emily Cox

Marketing Communications Manager

Joshua Myers

Competition Manager

Scott Rarden

Director of Business Intelligence