Harrisburg University esports team ranked No. 4 by ESPN: HU Storm ranks in first Top 25 College League of Legends Coaches Poll
Harrisburg University Storm’s League of Legends esports team is ranked 4th in the first-ever ESPN College League of Legends ranking. The poll will be updated every other week based on responses from a group of more than 40 college coaches in the U.S and Canada.
“To be listed ahead of some of the most notable esports programs in the country like Michigan State and Robert Morris is a high honor,” said Harrisburg University President Eric Darr. “We are particularly thrilled to be ranked fourth, directly behind the three most accomplished collegiate esports programs. This ranking puts Harrisburg in rarified company and validates the time, effort and investment the University has put into the program.”
HU Storm is one of 300 teams competing in the College League of Legends during the regular season, which began Jan. 7 and will run through March 3. Regional playoffs, quarterfinal matches, and the college Championship will take place this spring.
“Our team’s schedule includes matchups against some of the biggest Division 1 schools,” commented Chad Smeltz, Director of Esports at Harrisburg University. “We have worked incredibly hard to earn a top spot and will continue to push the limit and pave the way for the continued growth of collegiate esports. This is just the start of an epic journey this season for these players. Be on the lookout for more events, tournaments and other events from us this year!”
HU Storm’s LoL season starts January 26. For the full Week 1 ranking visit ESPN.com.
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 its state-of-the-art arena space and receive full scholarships as part of the varsity team.