Glenville State College President Dr. Mark Manchin Donates $5,000 to College’s eSports Program
Fri Apr 30, 2021
Glenville State College President Dr. Mark Manchin (center, holding check) is joined by Pioneer eSports students Aden Knopp, Adam Davis, Abigail Taylor, Noah Schultz, Justin Sodergren, Sterling Gandee, Chris Anglin, Austin Cochran and eSports Coach Logan Harrison.


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GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College (GSC) President Dr. Mark A. Manchin recently donated $5,000 to the College’s eSports Program.

Glenville State College’s team, in its first year of official play, is among a number of colleges and universities around the United States who have introduced eSports into their realm of varsity sports. ESports offers multiplayer online video game competitions, which can be viewed both in-person and through livestreams.

“My wife Gigi and I are thrilled to make this donation to the Glenville State College eSports Program,” Manchin said. “This is a fantastic program and it is truly extraordinary what these young people are able to accomplish. Not only does our eSports program provide students a social connection, but it is also a great launch pad for those interested in careers related to computer science, digital design, technology, and more.”

“The team and I really appreciate President Manchin and his generosity. This donation will be very beneficial for our program,” said GSC eSports Coach Logan Harrison.

Students in GSC’s eSports program can be involved through varsity, junior varsity, and recreation teams. Varsity players are eligible for scholarships based upon ability, experience, and team need. Students participate in tier one games such as Fortnite, Overwatch, Super Smash Brothers, Madden, FIFA, League of Legends, and more.

The Pioneer eGaming Center, located within the Mollohan Campus Community Center, is a 3,000 square foot space that houses over 30 custom-built Gravity Gaming PC’s, a private fitness area, and viewing, console gaming, virtual reality, and game review areas.

Earlier this month, Pioneer eSports player Romnn Shell was ranked number two among the top 15 teams participating in the National Association of Collegiate eSports Madden Xbox National Championships. GSC fell in the final game, but Harrison calls it a major accomplishment either way. “For this to be a first-year team and to have someone ranked in the top two nationally, that is an awesome feeling. Romnn is a terrific player and we’re very proud of him. He’s graduating this semester but I look forward to seeing what he will be doing next, because I’m sure his gaming career isn’t over,” Harrison said.

Any full-time GSC student is eligible to be on the team. Tryouts will be held on a rolling basis and help to determine the student’s placement and scholarship eligibility. Those who are interested in joining the team or would like more information should contact Harrison at or (304) 881-0725.