Esports. KSU's Newest Collegiate Sport


Move over, football and basketball – KSU has a new collegiate sport. Kennesaw State has built a strong winning tradition through its varsity athletic programs. Now, KSU is adding one more top-flight collegiate sport to our portfolio – Esports.

The new varsity Esports Program builds on a tradition that our students have long demonstrated on-campus, starting with the highly active Kennesaw Esports registered student organization.

The varsity Esports Program, conceived by the College of Computing and Software Engineering, KSU Athletics and Student Affairs with input from current students, builds upon this foundation by allowing us to expand beyond the club-level intramurals and compete on the national scale.

In July, KSU announced its participation in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) as an associate member beginning with the 2020-21 season. In February, the Owls will start its PBC League of Legends season. 

The Esports Program at KSU has been aggressively recruiting students and analysts to complete our roster ahead of the intercollegiate season.

The students representing the Owls in League of Legends are:

  • Joe Locher (finance)
  • Derek Comella (computer science)
  • Zane Deason (computer science)
  • Kevin Barbu (computer science)
  • Justin Kim (biology)
  • Jose Joaquin Mallea (mechanical engineering)
  • TJ Schaefer (exercise science)

In February, KSU will field a team in the Collegiate Rocket League. The students representing the Owls in the Rocket League are:

  • Carter Logan (computer science)
  • Brandon Thrower (computer science)
  • Sean Moon (computer science)
  • Evan Marchesani (cybersecurity)
  • Nick Halstenberg (exercise science)

KSU has also joined the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), which is composed of 170 schools nationwide. We are finalizing our third team, which will be competing in the NACE Smite league beginning in February.

As part of the effort to launch competitive Esports at KSU, there are multiple physical spaces where gaming workstations have been set up. They are excellent entry points for students who are interested in participating in Esports.

Congratulations to the newest members of KSU’s Esports teams. We'll be rooting you on to victory!

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten