Joey Gawrysiak

Joey Gawrysiak

Shenandoah University, Director of Esports

Co-Founder, GHS Esports Solutions d/b/a Esports Growth and Development Enterprises (EDGE)

Educational History:

  • B.S.Ed. Sport Studies-University of Georgia 2006

  • M.Ed. Physical Education and Sport Studies- University of Georgia 2007

  • Ph.D. Sport Management and Policy- University of Georgia 2012

Fields of Expertise:

  • eSport and Competitive Video Gaming

  • Video Gaming

  • Sport and Media

  • Major League Baseball and baseball history

  • Global Aspects of Sport

  • Race and Sport


Joey Gawrysiak holds the controller in the world of esports academia.

He has made the international esports rounds, with appearances on podcasts, radio shows and even a cruise line, and has presented at several gaming and sport management events—including the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Music and Gaming Educational Symposium. He is the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) 2021 Esports Program Director of the Year and chairman of NACE’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Esports Conference.

He has hosted esports tournaments and served as a guest lecturer and consultant for several universities.

Gawrysiak was a competitive gamer in Halo: Combat Evolved while in college.