Kansas Wesleyan University has named Ethan Weiss as its new program director of esports, according to Director of Athletics Steve Wilson.
After spending the past few years in the financial industry, Weiss joins the Coyote family for Empower Retirement, a 401K provider for some of the world’s largest companies.
“I want to thank the university for the opportunity, my family for their support, and my friends that I have played and competed with over the years in various games (virtual and traditional),” Weiss said. “Those tournament experiences prepared me for this new era.
“Ethan has such unique and valuable skills that will lead to success as he takes over the Kansas Wesleyan sending program,” said Kansas Wesleyan Athletic Director Steve Wilson.
Weiss’ esports experience is deep, especially in Salina. Weiss volunteered at the Salina Public Library’s Technology Center when it opened in 2005 and helped run games at the SPL for three years. The library has hosted various gaming competitions.
His experience extends beyond hosting local tournaments.
In the year In 2010, Weiss traveled to Denver for the Halo tournament organized by Major League Gaming, where he participated in a game before the word “sports” was mainstream.
Weiss says he looks forward to the continued growth of the program under his leadership.
“We will build a base of great teammates who will work hard and expand into new games while improving on what we already compete in,” he said.
“Ethan is passionate about Kansas Wesleyan, and I’m passionate about connecting Salina with Kansas Wesleyan,” Wilson said. “I’m excited to welcome Ethan back to our community, and excited to see him start in 2022-23.”
Weiss is a Salina native and graduated from Salina Central High School in 2008.