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FLCC adds varsity esports team to athletics roster

The athletics department at Finger Lakes Community College recently added a sport that won’t require a gymnasium or field.

The board of trustees approved the college’s first varsity esports team, which will have 10-15 students competing in tournaments in the futuristic video game “Overwatch” starting next fall.

The coed “Overwatch” team will be coached by Michael Van Etten, assistant professor of modern languages at FLCC. An assistant coach will help oversee a student-run esports program that has been up and running since the fall of 2018 and offers contests in several games, including “League of Legends” and “Super Smash Brothers.”

William McLaughlin, assistant professor of computing sciences at FLCC, oversaw much of the research and planning to launch the team, with support from Jeff Dugan, instructional designer, and Bryson Cole, of Canandaigua, a tourism management major and president of the esports program.

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