Our Esports team has been building a reputation for quality play and leadership since its inception in the Fall 2019. The very successful team has transitioned from the Athletics Department to Club Sports and Arts to better align with the spirit of competitive sport but remains intact with its varsity-level benefits. It remains funded at the varsity level, has a full-time coach, and can offer scholarships at a competitive level.
Current and prospective students are encouraged to click or tap the “Recruit Me” link to let us know you are interested!
Head Esports Coach
Kyler Curtis became the Head Esports Coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in the fall of 2021. From MVNU's graduating class of 2015, Kyler graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and earned two master's degrees in Ministry and Business Admin in the summer of 2021. Kyler is thankful to return to his alma mater and grow the esports program.
While living in Ohio, Kyler began working as an events coordinator for a brand new esports organization called Game Arena. This involved Kyler in various esports communities, developing a deep understanding of their inner functions and shared culture. Kyler also has a background in competing in Super Smash Bros., earning a Top 50 global ranking in 2016 and 2017. With the rise in esports popularity, Kyler is thankful to have been involved in the "early days" of its development and looks forward to actively contributing to its growth at MVNU.
Kyler returned to his home state of Maryland and began serving as a youth and worship pastor in 2019. With a ministry-focused mentality, Kyler sees the esports program as another medium to aid in the spiritual development that takes place on campus at MVNU. Currently, Kyler is also serving as a part-time worship pastor at Together Ministries Church of the Nazarene.
Games & Conference
- League of Legends
- Overwatch 2
- Rocket League
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC)
- Great Lakes Esports Conference (GLEC)
|Luke Aleshire||SO||Music Education||Hebron, OH||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Luke Bortner||SO||Graphic Design||Thomasville, PA||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Ethan Byrom||FR||Nursing||Mansfield, OH||Overwatch 2, Valorant|
|Bryson Curtis||SR||Business Administration||Severn, MD||Overwatch 2, Rocket League, Valorant|
|Isaac Curtis||JR||Communication & Media||Severn, MD||Rocket League|
|John Dugal||FR||Business Administration||South Euclid, OH||Valorant|
|Reid Gates||FR||Christian Ministry||London, OH||Rocket League|
|Chance Kaczmarek||SO||Christian Ministry||Steubenville, OH||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Josh Kochheiser||FR||Computer Systems & Network E||Mansfield, OH||Valorant|
|Joel Kuhn||FR||Psychology||Tipp City, OH||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Connor McCoy||SO||Engineering||Severn, MD||Fortnite, Overwatch 2|
|Ryan McCoy||SR||Business Administration||Severn, MD||Valorant|
|Darren Moon||SR||Mathematics||Kaiserslautern, Germany||Overwatch 2|
|Randy Moon||JR||Sports Management||Kaiserslautern, Germany||Fortnite, Overwatch 2, Valorant|
|Drew Ratcliff||SO||Middle Childhood Education||Circleville, OH||Fortnite, Valorant|
|Ben Reed||SO||Integrated Social Studies Edu||Steubenville, OH||Overwatch 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Clay Rice||SO||Nursing||Marysville, OH||Rocket League|
|Sam Riffle||JR||Engineering||Mount Vernon, OH||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Luke Sheen||SR||Engineering||Johnstown, OH||Rocket League|
|Scott Warton||SR||Computer Science||Sylvania, OH||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
|Coen White||CCP||Undeclared||Mount Gilead, OH||Valorant|
"The esports program here truly feels like a family. I've met many great friends and an equal number of amazing mentors. It's an environment where we all want what's best for our teammates and a place to enjoy playing games that we love with one another."
"Being on the esports team has given me a place of belonging where I can hone my skills as a competitor while also growing closer to my teammates and God."