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Brendan Bittner
Director, Athletic Communications
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Steve Hannan
Director, Public Relations
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Ashland University Esports Fast Facts

  • Ashland University provides scholarships and travel support for students competing in League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • The Ashland University Esports Team competes in the National Association of Collegiate Esports, Ohio Collegiate Esports Series, Collegiate Starleague and Collegiate League of Legends.
  • The Ashland University Esports Team has exclusive access to a state-of-the-art esports facility featuring twenty-five gaming computers located in the heart of Ashland University’s campus.
  • Students are mentored by directors and coaches with vast experience in the professional esports space.
  • Featuring seminars from guest speakers including professional players and industry leaders.
  • American Video Game League Fortnite Tournament Series Champions, Tespa and Collegiate Esports Series playoff appearances in League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, CS:GO and Fortnite.

 

About Ashland University

Ashland University is a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting professions and careers. The University consists of four academic colleges -- College of Arts & Sciences, Dauch College of Business & Economics, Schar College of Education and Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences -- as well as the Graduate, Online and Adult Studies; the Founders School for Continuing Education; and Ashland Theological Seminary.

Ashland University places great emphasis on the importance of each individual. The phrase “Accent on the Individual” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of the campus environment. It means that our concern for the student extends beyond ensuring a quality education in the classroom and laboratory to include a commitment to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in every respect. Translating the ideas of the Mission Statement into the realities of everyday life is the responsibility of each Ashland University employee. These ideas must be evidenced daily in the classroom, residence halls, each teaching site, on the playing fields and in our interaction with others.

Student Testimonials

“The esports program is more than a competition sphere, it's a place where all people can meet and improve not only as a team but through personal growth. The staff show significant amount of support to the program giving a positive insight on the future success of Ashland Esports.” - Jacob Owens

“I love the Esports program because I get to better myself alongside my friends.” - Mason Savoia

“The esports program has been fundamental in my development as a college student. It has helped create relationships that I intend to have for the rest of my life, and it has created a strong support structure.” - Alexander Freund

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Joshua Buchanan, Head Esports Coach Biography

Josh Buchanan, Ashland University Esports Head Coach

Joshua Buchanan is the first head esports coach at Ashland University.

He came to Ashland from Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy. He brings with him experience as team manager for Sloth E-Sports Club LLC, a premier North American StarCraft 2 & Super Smash Bros. Melee organization.

While coaching at Ashland, Buchanan plays StarCraft 2 professionally, where he ranks 25th in the United States, and has more than seven years of competitive experience. Buchanan also has competitive experience in other game titles, such as DOTA 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Hearthstone.

During his first season as head esports coach at Ashland, Buchanan lead the team to first place in the AVGL Collegiate Fortnite Tournament Series. During that first season, the team made the playoffs in Tespa Hearthstone, Tespa Overwatch, CSL Fortnite, and CSL League of Legends.

Ashland esports also completed the campaign finishing second in Hearthstone and third in Overwatch at the Zips Collegiate Esports Invitational.

Travis Yang, Assistant Esports Coach Biography

Travis Yang, Ashland University Assistant Esports Coach

Travis Yang is the first assistant esports coach at Ashland University.

He came to Ashland from the University of Missouri, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. He brings with him experience as the General Manager for Sloth E-Sports Club LLC, a premier North American organization based in StarCraft 2 & Super Smash Bros. Melee.

As a player, Yang has competed across multiple esports titles, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and StarCraft 2. At Ashland, Yang concentrates primarily on coaching the former three titles. Focusing in on the strategic and psychological aspects of competition, Yang helps to develop a deep pool of resources for the team to draw upon both inside and outside the game.

During the 2018-19 season, Yang helped lead the team to first place in the AVGL Collegiate Fortnite Tournament Series. During that first season, the team made the playoffs in Tespa Hearthstone, Tespa Overwatch, CSL Fortnite, and CSL League of Legends. Ashland esports also completed the campaign finishing second in Hearthstone and third in Overwatch at the Zips Collegiate Esports Invitational.

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