GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Northwestern Michigan College is looking for student-athletes for varsity teams in two Esports.
While Esports already exists as a student group on campus, forming official varsity teams will allow NMC to compete in both the Michigan Esports Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association - Esports (NJCAAE) Conference.
Due to the pandemic, the Esports club has been mostly virtual.
When restrictions allow in-person competition, the varsity teams will practice and compete in an Esports lab in the lower level of the newly renovated West Hall Innovation Center featuring 10 PC stations and one coach station.
As it moves from club to varsity play, NMC has also hired a consultant with head coach experience at a Mid-American Conference (MAC) program in the state of Michigan.
Right now, the college expects about 13 student-athletes in its first year of competition and hire coaches for each of the two teams.
In order to retain their academic eligibility, student-athletes must maintain a 2.0-grade point average.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, an informational meeting will be held over Zoom on Tuesday, April 13 starting at 7 p.m.
Registration for the meeting can be found here.
Competition is slated to begin in the fall of 2021.