Kirk Mustain was named as coach of Carl Sandburg College’s first eSports team, one of the first two-year colleges in the county to offer.
Sandburg is believed to be one of the first two-year colleges in the county to offer an eSports program and may be the first community college in Illinois.
Mustain, a computer science and IT teacher, helped Williamsfield High School set up their own eSports team and has coached it the last two years. He has an extensive background with technology, and experience with sports administration, technology, and coaching. He also is an adjunct instructor for Sandburg’s information and communication technology program and served as an instructor for the school’s youth coding camps last summer.
The newly-formed team will have four talent scholarships will be awarded to students and a gaming “arena” on campus for practice and competition. Assisting Mustain will be Ryan Wessling, an assistant coach for Sandburg’s men’s soccer team.
Carl Sandburg College says they’ll be affiliated with the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), which has more than 100 member schools since it was formed in 2016. According to the NACE, the only other Illinois schools offering eSports are Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan, and Principia.
Steaming services, like Twitch, have led to the skyrocketing popularity of eSports in recent years. Popular eSports games include Overwatch, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros., and Fortnight.