February 23, 2023

Collegiate Esports Recruiting 101

As a student, the esports recruiting process can seem like a mountain. How do you get in front of coaches? What’s their preferred communication method? Should I reach out to the coach or wait for the coach to reach out to me? Questions like these are not uncommon and are important for a student’s transition from high school to college. Remember, not only do you have skills to offer a school, but they also have programs to offer you. The recruiting process is a mutual exchange between a player and an esports program.

Below are tips for getting recruited by an esports coach at the college level:

Collegiate esports has a robust scene with many opportunities for serious collegiate athletes, as well as supporting members. The first step in continuing your career in esports from high school is reaching out and letting collegiate esports staff know you are interested. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Even if you are not destined to be a varsity player, you may still play a key part on the tea

Travis Yang is the Director of Esports at Wichita State University. He was named the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) 2021 Valorant Coach of the Year and 2020 CS:GO Coach of the Year. He also serves on the board of directors for NACE.

Joe Mazzara serves as Assistant Director of Esports at Wichita State University. As the former President of the Shocker Gaming Club, Mazzara specialized in developing flourishing ecosystems for club members, administrators,, students, team members, and club officers.

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