Central Penn College’s Esports Team Captures National Championship

Central Penn College’s Rocket League team ended their first season undefeated and captured a national championship in their division of the NACE Starleague.

The team includes Captain Jeffrey Elicker, Cameron Odom, and Dominick Bruce.

“I couldn’t be happier with the dedication and hard work our Esports players put in,” Head Coach Mikeal Pecot said. He attributed their success to “hard work and dedication.”

“We had a few players who were all in, pushing the other players to be the best they can be, that’s what set them apart,” Pecot added.

He was pleased that the founder of the College’s Gaming Lab, Steve Shoemaker, was on hand to witness Central Penn’s first Esports championship in his favorite game –Rocket League– Monday night.

“Grabbing the NACE Championship in their very first season as a varsity sport is huge! It sets a high bar for what this program can achieve as they continue to build and grow together,” Central Penn’s Athletic Director Kasey Hicks said.

“This is exciting for our Esports team, coaches, and the entire Central Penn community! I have no doubt that, under the leadership of Coach Pecot and Coach Lewis, our Esports program will continue to be a powerhouse program in Central PA.”

Assistant Coach Don Lewis was equally proud.

“It is nothing short of amazing to see what our team was able to accomplish in a year. I wish I could tell you that there was a magic trick, or a Hail Mary play that made everything come together, but that is not the case. Everyone put in the work and the time it took to be successful. With all of us pushing towards the same goal, we were bound to be successful in one way or another.”

He believed their first-year status actually inspired them, not impeded them.

The team competed in the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) Starleague playoffs, topping more than 170 member schools, including some of the nation’s top esports programs.

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