HU reveals Esports team name, roster

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology introduced its official Esports team name as the “Harrisburg University Storm” during a press conference held at the school Thursday.

The university also introduced the team mascot and roster of the final 16 varsity Esports players set to begin competing together this fall during the special press event.

HU Storm Logo

As part of the varsity team, players receive full athletic scholarships and are provided a housing stipend, much like any other college varsity team. They are already working closely with head coach, Geoffrey Wang, to hone their skills and work on qualities like teamwork, leadership, time management and communication.

“After a rigorous international search with over 500 applicants, we’ve assembled three rosters with incredibly talented individuals who have all stood out as some of the top players in their respective titles,” said Wang. “Our rosters contain a mixture of seasoned players and passionate rookies which should produce an exciting year of matches for fans and spectators alike.”

The team’s first major competition will be hosted in Harrisburg this September, at the HUE FestivalHU Storm Mascot

As part of the festival, the city will welcome 32 college varsity esports teams from across the nation to compete at the Harrisburg University Esports Tournament on September 21-22. The tournament is an official National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) event and will be the largest live collegiate esports tournament to date. Teams will compete in League of Legends and Overwatch for a grand prize pool of $50,000. Storm fans, as well as esports enthusiasts, can view all Finals rounds live at the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts or by tuning in to  Twitch.

“At Harrisburg University, our students are at the heart of everything we do, and our esports program is no exception. We’re thrilled to give these students the opportunity to grow together as teammates while receiving a top-level education,” said HU President Eric Darr. “With a name like ‘Storm’, we can’t wait to officially enter into the world of collegiate varsity sports and show the other schools the power and energy these students bring to the arena.”

HU will hold a “Meet the Team” event at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which will serve as the Storm’s arena. Media and invited guests are welcome to interview players, coaches and HU leadership.

Below is the team roster:

 

League of Legends

 

Name: Josh Street
Gamer Tag: ”Moss”
Hometown: Clifton Park, NY

 

Name: Clement Wittner
Gamer Tag: “Hyami”
Hometown: Boston, MA

 

Name: Grae Crawford
Gamer Tag: “Grae”
Hometown: Comox, BC Canada

 

Name: Zing Jie
Gamer Tag: “Tails”
Hometown: Toronto, Canada

 

Name: Chris Fong
Gamer Tag: “Teesum”
Hometown: Hacienda Heights, CA

 

Name: Titus Bang
Gamer Tag: “Titus”
Hometown: Parkland, FL

 

Overwatch

 

Name: Adam Stanley
Gamer Tag: “MASQ”
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

 

Name: Austin Swisher
Gamer Tag: “Swish”
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA

 

Name: Hunter Rogers
Gamer Tag: “Retnuh”
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

 

Name: Alex Vissa
Gamer Tag: “Crate”
Hometown: Webster, NY

 

Name: Vincent DiGiacomo
Gamer Tag: “Vinpin”
Hometown: Pennsylvania

 

Name: Travis Letwiniuk
Gamer Tag: “Autumn”
Hometown: Melville, Sask. Canada

 

Name: Marc Raskob
Gamer Tag: “Günther”
Hometown: Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

Hearthstone

 

Name: Alex Carrell
Gamer Tag: “Saltman”
Hometown: Bellingham, WA

 

Name: Grayson O’Connell
Gamer Tag: “NeverLucky”
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

 

Name: Jonathan Song
Gamer Tag: “Hollywood”
Hometown: Cottage Grove, MN

For more information about the team or players, visit  www.hustorm.net

About HU Esports

Harrisburg University’s Esports Program is the University’s first–and only–varsity sport. The varsity team competes in some of the most popular esports games around the world, including “League of Legends,” “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone.” Team members compete on 40’ screens in a state-of-the-art arena space and receive full scholarships as part of

the varsity team. Harrisburg University is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) the country’s most prominent organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming.

You can follow the team on  Facebook and Twitter, as well as view tournaments on

Twitch.

About Harrisburg University

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email, Connect@HarrisburgU.edu.