OWU Hires First Esports Program Coordinator
Kyle Jenkins is ready to strengthen Ohio Wesleyan University’s new esports program.
On October 1, Jenkins will join the university as the first coordinator and head coach of the esports program. He is currently Video Coordinator / Athletic Director and Head Coach at Western Colorado University. Jenkins will report to Dwayne K. Todd, Ohio Wesleyan Vice President for Student Engagement and Success.
âWe are extremely happy to find someone with Kyle’s experience to lead our new esports program,â said Todd, Ph.D. âKyle brings a high level of energy and knowledge to this role, and he has a passion for the game which I know will be evident to potential team members. His proven track record holds great promise that we will see some exciting things in our new program at OWU. “
Jenkins will spend the current academic year building the Battling Bishop esports program, with full competition starting in the fall of 2022. Esports will be a college sport, following protocols established by the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) instead of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The OWU team, open to all students, will play in an esports arena being created inside Welch Hall.
Jenkins also helped found the Western Colorado Esports Program, where he helped start five mountaineering esports teams at NCAA Division II University. The teams have participated in League of Legends, Overwatch, Smash Brothers, Rainbow Six, and Rocket League at college level.
Jenkins holds a Master of Science degree from the School of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining Western Colorado, he worked as COO for Insaniity Esports, a professional Call of Duty organization based in London, England.
Professionally, Jenkins is a member of esports organizations including the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors and the Esports Trade Association. As a player, he competed among the Top 5% of Starcraft players and the Top 10% of League of Legends players. He also has experience in various other titles including APEX, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, Escape from Tarkov, and Fortnite.
Jenkins said he was excited to join the Ohio Wesleyan and start building the Battling Bishops esports program.
âI am thrilled to be a part of Ohio Wesleyan University, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such passionate educators,â Jenkins said. âThe region around Delaware is full of potential and I think this program will quickly become a magnet for potential students. Together, we will build an esports community that actively promotes student growth and achievement, and I look forward to leading this program to a prosperous future.