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Esports Team Photo

2021 Esports Team: Standing: Assistant Coach Nathan Scott, Randy Wysocky, Avery Harssema, Director and Head Coach of Esports Evan Walker. Kneeling: Gavin Lincicome, Matthew Coleman

 

Watch Esports live on Twitch every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Channel: CommodoreEsports

 

Interested in joining the team?

Complete our Athletics Interest Inquiry Form

Contact Coach Evan Walker
(440) 365-5222 extension 8327
ewalker2@lorainccc.edu

 

We will begin the fall 2021 season with Super Smash Bros and expand with more games in the coming semesters.


News & Announcements


Wysocky, Coleman, and Harssema Sweep Opponents; Esports Improves to 13-3

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October 13, 2021 – – Lorain County Community College Esports put together another solid evening with victories in three of four matchups to improve their overall season record to 13-3. 

Randy Wysocky, Matthew Coleman and Avery Harssema each defeated their opponents in 3-0 sweeps to remain undefeated on the season.  Gavin Lincicome nearly came away with his second win in row but fell in five rounds to his opponent from Three Rivers College.

“We’ve started to hit a nice little stride,” said Director of Esports and Head Coach. “Our guys are eager to keep that momentum going. Now that we’re about halfway done, it’s more important now more than ever to stay laser focused which I know we’ll do week in and week out.”

LCCC Esports is in its inaugural season as a varsity sport as a member of the NJCAAE which has over 85 schools participating in Esports. The Commodores play Super Smash Brothers on the Nintendo Switch. Super Smash Bros. is a competitive fighting game that features characters from the Nintendo gaming universe. All competitions are streamed live on Twitch under the account CommodoreEsports.

Esports will be back competing next week with opponents from Bryant & Stratton College, Grays Harbor, Iowa Central, Arizona Western.  Match begins at 6 p.m.


Esports Smashes Its Way to 4-0 Sweep in Week 3

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LCCC Esports Logo

October 6, 2021 – The Commodores Esports team scored a 4-0 sweep in their matches on Wednesday against players from various schools improving their overall record to 10-2 in their inaugural season.  Lorain County Community College defeated their opponents in a best-of-five game match in the video game Super Smash Brothers played on the Nintendo Switch.

“Very pleased with the sweep tonight,” Director and Head Coach of Esports Evan Walker said. “We’ve been making strides every week so far and I’m eager to see where we can go.  I think the sky’s the limit with this group.”

Matthew Coleman (Lorain, Ohio/Elyria HS) and Randy Wysocky (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville HS) went 3-0 in their matches with Salt Lake Community College and Arizona Western Community College, respectively.  Avery Harssema (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin HS) won his match 3-1 vs. Northeastern Technical and Gavin Lincicome (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone HS) won his first match of the year via forfeit with his player from Grays Harbor.

LCCC Esports competes in the NJCAAE with 85 other schools.  Super Smash Brothers is a competitive fighting game featuring characters from the Nintendo gaming universe.  LCCC Esports plays every Wednesday night at 6pm and all matches are streamed on Twitch.

Highlights to all matches can be found on the Commodores Athletic YouTube page.


Esports Goes 3-1 For Second Week In A Row

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September 29, 2021 – – The Lorain County Community College esports team provided another solid outing in week 2 of its inaugural season, winning three of its four matches Wednesday night in Super Smash Brothers on the Nintendo Switch.

Super Smash Brothers is a competitive fighting game that features players from the Nintendo gaming universe. Player choose a character to play, and try to beat their opponent in a best of five game format.

Matthew Coleman (Lorain, Ohio/Elyria HS), Avery Harssema (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin HS), and Randy Wysocky (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville HS) all swept their opponents from Eastern Arizona College, Snow College, and Shelton State Community College, respectively.  Gavin Lincicome (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone HS) fell in his match to Madison College.

“I thought we all did a great job competing tonight,” Director and Head Coach of Esports Evan Walker said. “Coleman and Wysocky, in particular have been lethal so far. Each week they seem to break out a different combo when we least expect it. Amazingly, the season is nearly a quarter over, so we have to keep our foot on the gas.”

The esports team will be back competition next Wednesday at 6 p.m. at LCCC in the Physical Education building,  Room 102.

 


Esports Goes 3-1 in their NJCAAE Debut

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Esports kicks off their season

September 22, 2021 – – History was made on the campus of Lorain County Community College Wednesday evening with the start of LCCC’s eighth varsity sport: Esports. In its first year at LCCC, the Commodores play Super Smash Brothers on the Nintendo Switch.  Super Smash Brothers is a competitive fighting game that features famous video game characters from the Nintendo universe.  

The Esports team plays on Wednesday evenings, against schools from all over the country.  Each player plays a different competitor from a different school in a best of five match.  The Commodores went 3-1 in their season debut.

Randall Wysocky (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville HS), playing against a player from Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) and Avery Harssema (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin HS), playing against a Grays Harbor College student, went 3-0 in their matches in their season debut.  Matthew Coleman (Lorain, Ohio/Elyria HS), won his match 3-1 against State Fair Community College and Gavin Lincicome (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone HS) fell in his debut match against Bergen Community College, 0-3.  

“Today was an awesome day,” Head Coach and Director of Esports Evan Walker said. “It was great to see the work players and staff put in over the last few months finally come to life.  We were pleased to get some victories under our belt but we will continue to take this one week at a time and work to get better as a unit.”

Esports will be back in competition next Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Commodores take on players from Eastern Arizona Community College, Snow Community College, Madison Community College, and Shelton State Community College.  All Esports competitions will be streamed on LCCC’s Twitch Channel: CommodoreEsports


Esports Wraps Up Preseason, Eyes Regular Season Start Next Week

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September 15, 2021 – The Lorain County Community College Esports team finished their Super Smash Bros. preseason matches on Wednesday and will now look toward the start of the regular season.  The Commodores went 2-2 in their final warm up before next weeks September 22 opener.

Players compete in the video game Super Smash Brothers, a fighting game on the Nintendo Switch gaming system. Players fight each other as different characters from the Nintendo gaming universe using various power ups and fighting moves.  Each match consists of five games played in a best-of-three format.  Next week’s opening match is the first of a nine-week regular season that LCCC will compete in until the playoffs begin in late November.

“I’m proud of our squad for battling through some things tonight and coming out with a split,” said Esports Director and Head Coach Evan Walker. “We had some success this preseason which we’re hoping to build on but the real test begins next week.”

Competing for the Commodores was Matthew Coleman (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria HS)Randy Wysocky (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville HS)Gavin Lincicome (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone HS) and Avery Harssema (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin HS).   

Coleman and Wysocky went 3-0 in their matches against players from Montgomery County Community College, finishing their preseason undefeated without ever having lost a single game in a match.  Lincicome lost his match against his opponent from Gila Community College, 0-3, and Harssema lost via forfeit to Iowa Central Community College.


LCCC Commodores Esports Sweeps in Preseason Warm-ups

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September 8, 2021 – – The Lorain County Community College Esports team had their first real taste of competition with a round of preseason exhibition matches against competitors from Gogebic Community College, Hinds Community College, Monroe Community College and Trinity Valley Community College.  The schools were competing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.

Playing for the Commodores was Matthew Coleman (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria HS) who won his best-of-three match against Gogebic CC in three games. Avery Harssema (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin HS) went 3-1 in his match against Hinds, and Gavin Lincicome (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone HS) won his match 3-0 against Monroe CC.  Randy Wysocky (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville HS) won via forfeit with Trinity Valley CC.

“Today was a big moment for our college that was several years in the making,” said Head Coach Evan Walker. “Although it was preseason, all of our players walked away with a win in some form or another. We have high quality student-athletes in our program who have a lot of potential to make some noise in the NJCAAE.”

Assistant Coach Nathan Scott added, “It’s nice to start off the year with some wins under our belt. We have a few kinks to work out before the season starts but that is expected as a first-year program.  All things considered, we are very happy and excited for the future of this program.”

The Commodore Esports team is still accepting student-athletes who are interested in playing competitive video games at the collegiate level.  LCCC plays Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch but will add more games in the future. The team is in its first year of competitive video gaming where they compete in the NJCAAE with over 80 schools. 


Join LCCC’s Esports Team; Meet Head Coach Evan Walker

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Lorain County Community College is making history this fall when it begins its first season in esports and it is looking for interested students to join the team.  LCCC announced this month it is joining the National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE) and its 82-member organization that was founded in 2019.

Are you a competitive gamer and love to play Super Smash Brothers on Nintendo Switch? Then the LCCC Esports Team wants you on its roster. 

Students interested in joining the LCCC Esports Team may contact Evan Walker (pictured above) at (440) 365-5222 extension 8327or ewalker2@lorainccc.edu. Interested students may also fill out the varsity interest form and check “Co-Ed Varsity Esports” as the sport of interest.

Interested students are also encouraged to attend an informational meeting with Coach Walker to go over program expectations, match days and times, eligibility requirements, and practice schedules.

Meeting Details:

What: Esports informational meeting for interested students

Who: Head Coach Evan Walker

When: August 18, 2021 – 5 p.m.

Where: PE102 (Ewing Athletic Center)


LCCC Launches Varsity Esports Team

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LCCC Commodore Esports logo

July 9, 2021 — Competitive video gaming is the newest sport added to the Lorain County Community College varsity sports roster. The Commodores’ new esports team will launch at the start of the fall semester.

“Esports teams are growing rapidly at colleges and universities across the country and LCCC is excited to offer this new opportunity for students to compete at the varsity level,” said LCCC Athletic Director Katie Marquard.

LCCC will join the National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE), the only national sports association for two-year colleges. The NJCAAE was founded in 2019 and currently has 82 member colleges across the country.

The LCCC Esports team will begin with an initial focus on Super Smash Bros with the potential to expand to additional games in the coming semesters. The team will be led by Evan Walker, director and head coach of LCCC Esports.  Walker earned his bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University and will earn a master’s of education in sport management from Cleveland State University later this year.

“Coach Walker brings with him a fresh, relatable voice to this niche opportunity and is sure to find ways to grow the program in this expanding market,” Marquard said.

Walker brings with him a wide variety of sports experience, including a graduate assistant position with the Cleveland State Athletic department, assistant baseball coach at Buckeye High School, baseball instructor at Pinnacle Sports, and work with the Cleveland Greater Sports Commission, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and more. He has years of competitive experience in Esports, including being ranked in the top 15% of online head-to-head Madden 21 players.

In addition to the inter-collegiate competition of the LCCC Esports team, this new program offers the opportunity for collaboration between academic divisions and the Esports team.

“As Esports rapidly expand across the country and the world, so do career opportunities in related fields such as business, engineering, computer science, communications and many more,” Marquard said.

In addition to these program areas, LCCC also offers an associate of applied science in computer games and simulation design that could be a direct connection between the sport and a career.

With the addition of Esports, LCCC now offers eight varsity sports and three club sports.

Students interested in joining the LCCC Esports Team may contact Walker at (440) 365-5222 extension 8327 or ewalker2@lorainccc.edu. Interested students may also fill out the varsity interest form at LCCC Athletics and check “Co-Ed Varsity Esports” as the sport of interest.