Ashland University esports head coach Josh Buchanan was selected to serve on the National Association of Collegiate Esports Competition Council at the recent NACE National Convention in Harrisburg, Pa.
Buchanan, entering his second full season as head coach of AU's esports program, was selected by his peers to join the council, which is charged with drafting and approving legislation for collegiate varsity esports programs across the country.
"I am humbled to be voted by my peers on to the National Association of Collegiate Esports Competition Counsel," said Buchanan. "I am looking forward to shaping the future of collegiate esports."
Among the topics covered at the recent convention include academic requirements for competitors, as well as the designation of an intent to compete letter, similar to the NCAA's national letter of intent.
Buchanan said that the success of Ashland's esports program from its launch through the first season of competition is being used as a template for other startup programs throughout the collegiate esports landscape.
Ashland launched its esports program Feb. 1, 2018 and began competition during the 2018-19 season. The Eagles joined NACE in an announcement on March 20, 2018. The organization is the governing body for nearly 150 member institutions.
The Eagles competed in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Hearthstone, League of Legends and Overwatch and last season and are adding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to their offerings in 2019-20.