Esports Coaching Staff

Kirk Mustain

Head Coach

Kirk Mustain

Kirk Mustain was hired in March 2019 as Carl Sandburg College’s first-ever esports coach following the College’s announcement in January that it would form an intercollegiate team to begin play for the 2019-20 academic year.

Mustain boasts an extensive background with technology, including his current full-time position as a computer science and IT teacher at Williamsfield High School. He helped Williamsfield form its own esports team and has coached it the last two years.

Mustain also is an adjunct instructor for classes in Sandburg’s information and communication technology program and was an instructor for the College’s youth coding camps in the summer of 2018. He also serves as president of the travel soccer club FC Galesburg and as the Knox County YMCA’s junior high soccer coordinator.

“I am very excited to be part of history with Sandburg’s first esports team,” Mustain said. “I’m looking forward to combining my experience with sports administration, technology, coaching and teaching to make for a great first season.”


Assistant Coach

Ryan Wessling

Ryan Wessling has played video games throughout his life, with his first competitive gaming experience coming during the inaugural seasons of the Esports Club at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Wessling is a chemistry teacher at Knoxville High School and helped start the esports teams at KHS, which competes in the High School Esports League. He also is an assistant for Sandburg’s men’s soccer team.

Wessling, also an assistant for Sandburg’s men’s soccer team, will help head coach Kirk Mustain with strategy, particularly in “League of Legends.”