Kurt Melcher

Kurt is the Associate Athletic Director and eSports Coordinator at Robert Morris University. A soccer goalie for the University of Illinois at Chicago in the early 1990s, he has also been the women’s soccer coach at Robert Morris since 1995.

Kurt first fell in love with video games after playing video game versions of soccer following actual soccer practices at UIC, holding tournaments between his friends that lasted all night. He turned that passion into a profession by launching the first collegiate-level electronic sports department in the United States, allowing students to train, develop, and practice video games at national and international levels alongside other, more physical college sports.