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PRESS RELEASE: Boise State named collegiate program of the year

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Nov 7, 2022 – Boise, Idaho


LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Boise State Esports is adding more hardware to a growing trophy case after being voted collegiate program of the year by the esports industry at the 2022 Tempest Awards.

Dr. Chris “Doc” Haskell, head coach of Boise State Esports, accepted the award on behalf of Boise State. In his speech, Haskell compared the work of the esports program to the act of moving a giant piano – many people working together to achieve a massive goal no person could achieve alone.

“We all have to lift where we stand. We’re able to do things that we shouldn’t be able to do with the small groups that we have,” said Doc. “Truly, to the students of Boise State, this is theirs.” 

Boise State Esports was founded by Haskell and Dr. Brett Shelton in 2017. Boise State Esports started out with an exhibition match in the Student Union Building, eventually growing into a dedicated arena in downtown Boise. Over six years, Boise State Esports has competed in over 1,400 matches and won multiple national championships across a variety of games. 


Media Contact: Jacob Palmer, Esports Information Director, Boise State University, (208) 995-3141,

About Boise State University

Boise State provides an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that prepares students for success and advances Idaho and the world. Serving more than 32,000 students annually, Boise State is proud to be powered by creativity and innovation, receiving national recognition as one of the most innovative universities in the country. Located in Idaho’s capital city, the university has a growing research agenda and plays a crucial role in the region’s knowledge economy and famed quality of life. In the past 10 years, the university has quadrupled the number of doctoral degrees and doubled its master’s degree offerings. Learn more at