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See our latest newsletter here: Montevallo esports February 2020

Head Coach & Key Advisor: Brendan Beal

Dr. Brendan Beal ( serves as the Key Advisor to the UM esports Team. He has spent the last five years in esports as a DOTA 2 player and consultant on the pro-amateur circuit. He has passion for games and has attended The International (the biggest prize-money of any eSports tournament in the world) the last two years. He hopes to provide the chance for students to compete, learn team-building skills, and earn a college degree while playing the games that they love.

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Common Questions

Can I receive scholarship funding if I earn a spot on the UM team?  Scholarship funds may be available for competitive players considering both their position on the esports team and academic achievement.  More details will be released soon.

Is League of Legends the only title UM will play?  No, the team has selected Overwatch and Fortnite also for competitive play.

Will the team have a coach?  Dr. Brendan Beal is the Head Coach, and Jackson Kennedy serves as Team Captain.

Will I be a part of the athletic community as an esports team-member?  Yes, esports is governed by the NACE, which UM plans to participate in, not the NCAA. However, UM will likely position esports within the department of athletics, along with other NCAA Division II sports.

I am interested in learning more, how can I get in touch with the esports development team?  You can fill out the esports recruiting interest form here: esports Interest Form.

A member of the development team will reach out to you.  You can learn more about the University of Montevallo here: University of Montevallo Admissions

Also, you can apply to the university or schedule a visit by clicking the buttons at the bottom of this page.