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Brendan Bittner
Director, Athletic Communications

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Ashland University Esports Fast Facts

  • Ashland University provides scholarships and travel support for students competing in 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 and Collegiate Starleague.
  • 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 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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Alec Mueller, Head Esports Coach Biography

Alec Mueller, head coach for esports at Ashland University

Alec Mueller is in his first season as head coach of Ashland University's esports program, taking over on March 22, 2021.
Mueller is a 2020 graduate of Ashland University and competed on the AU esports team as one of its inaugural players as part of the Fortnite team.
Alec transferred to Ashland University in 2018 from Ohio Dominican and was one of Ashland’s first scholarship athletes on the Fortnite team. He was featured in a NY Post video piece that has been viewed nearly two million times as the University was the first in the country to offer scholarships for highly-skilled Fortnite players.
Since graduating in May 2020, Mueller has served as a Fortnite coach for an online youth esports team, Uptime United, and has also overseen esports tournaments and camps through Game Arena in Hilliard, Ohio.

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