Posted 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 8327or email@example.com. Interested students may also fill out the varsity interest form at Athletics and check “Co-Ed Varsity Esports” as the sport of interest.