First Eagle Esports Marks Program National Championship

Tue, 05/31/2022 – 15:31 | From: David Tisdale

Just two years after its formation, the Eagle Esports program at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has already won its first national championship after its team Rainbow 6 defeated Carthage University last week in the finals for the title. of the National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) Emergent League. .

In a #1 vs. #2 domestic semi-final clash for the Challengers League title, Eagle Esports’ Overwatch team fell to Champlain College, but finished in the top four nationwide.

“Being the first national championship team for Eagle Esports is something I knew I wanted to accomplish when I first joined the team,” said Josh Mackie, a young computer science student from Horn Lake, Mississippi. , who is a team captain for Rainbow 6. “I never thought my first year as team captain would lead to this level of success. We wouldn’t be in this position without my team and staff. from Esports who continue to support us, and I look forward to bringing more titles back to the program.

Dr. Denny Bubrig, assistant vice president for student affairs and advisor for the program, said that while he did not expect the level of success the program has achieved so quickly, he thinks it is a testament to the dedication and interest of participating students, program-wide. , that he won multiple regular season titles, a postseason conference title, a national championship and a national semifinalist this year.

“Without their level of commitment, none of this really happens,” Dr. Bubrig continued. “I am extremely excited about what the future holds for us.”

Dr. Bubrig said the success of the program is infectious and he sees the results in recruitment. “We’ve successfully expanded the geographic recruiting territory for USM through esports, and now we’re starting to translate that into applications and student enrollments, which is not only a win for the program, but also an institutional victory,” he added. “We are building an ongoing body of work that we seek to positively impact USM with, and that everyone can be proud of community-wide.”

In addition to USM, NECC includes approximately 230 schools, including the University of Alabama, Boise State University, University of Sacramento, Mount St. Mary’s University, University of Montana, Valparaiso, Randolph-Macon, Colorado College, and Illinois Wesleyan, among others.

To learn more about Eagle Esports, email esportsFREEMississippi; visit: https://www.usm.edu/esports/index.php; or follow them on social media via Twitch, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Ryan H. Bowman