The Oakland University Golden Grizzlies make a big addition to their nascent esports program. The school announced former collegiate League of Legends player, Carl Leone, as their head coach. The southeast Michigan college is the first division 1 school to make esports a varsity program in the state.

Leone spent 2019 as the League of Legends coach at Aquinas College also in Michigan. He also spent time as a player/assistant coach competing in League of Legends for Robert Morris University in 2018. When asked about Leone’s credentials, OU athletic Director Steven Waterfield had this to say about the new coach.

“I am very happy to welcome Carl to the Golden Grizzlies Athletics Department family and to have him serve as the first head coach in Oakland University varsity esports history …Carl brings experiences as a collegiate gamer and coach, which will prove valuable as he leads the esports team.”

Steve Waterfield, OU Athletic Director
Oakland University is Michigan’s first D-1 college to begin a varsity esports program.

The Lake Orion, MI native is now responsible for building out management, rosters and schedules for all OU esports. Currently, the university looks to compete in League of Legends, Smash Ultimate and Rocket League.

Source: Oakland University