Jewell Cardinals Esports
Now recruiting players for the first team!
William Jewell College is excited to launch a brand new esports program, which will begin competing in Fall 2023. College esports gives students a chance to hone their talents and strategies in a team environment while receiving a first-class education. Jewell is currently recruiting players in titles like League of Legends, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros., and more, and esports student-athletes can earn up to $3,500 in scholarships per year in addition to other merit and need-based aid. Building starts soon for a new on-campus esports facility, which will house the resources and amenities top esports student-athletes need to take their game to the next level.
Meet the Coach
Conon “EF5 Albino” Gillis has been a lifelong gamer across multiple games including competing at the national championship for Yu-Gi-Oh while in junior high and winning a worldwide Dice Throne tournament in his 30s. However, his esports career centered around competing on a national and regional level in the Halo series including time representing multiple sponsored U.S. gaming organizations. Gillis has had the chance to coach Halo teams in professional brackets at in-person and online tournaments.
After graduating with a degree in secondary education, Gillis taught high school social studies for 10 years and coached the school’s esports team across multiple titles including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, League of Legends and Rocket League. He has also been involved with organizing events and tournaments for Halo, Super Smash Bros, League of Legends, Valorant, Rocket League and more.
Think you have what it takes to be a Cardinal?
Jewell is looking for new talent to join our scholarship esports program. If you're interested, fill out the form below and Head Coach Conon Gillis will reach out to discuss your interest further!