ASUN Beam Video Series: Mario Leon, FGCU

ASUN Beam Video Series: Mario Leon, FGCU

LakePoint, Ga. - In the first ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the ASUN that have made an Impact in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Throughout the spring, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Impact.

FGCU's Mario Leon has truly encompassed what it means to excel not only on the field, but in the classroom during his time with the Eagles. The graduate has received several honors and helped FGCU baseball reach new heights over his time on the Fort Myers campus. 

This season, Leon posted a career-best 3.05 ERA, starting 14 games with a 5-6 record and pitched 82.2 innings. Among numerous accomplishments, Leon was named the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year becoming the first Eagles' baseball player to receive the recognition in program history. He finished his undergraduate career majoring in Communication with a 3.83 GPA and holds a 4.00 in pursuit of his Master's Degree in Public Administration.

Leon not only dedicated his time to baseball, but was an active member on the Eagles Council for four years and served as President for two years. In addition, the pitcher completed over 130 hours of community service with projects such as the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Read Across America and the FGCU Winter Games. 

A leader at FGCU, Leon was also chosen to represent the ASUN at the 2017 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum which included 300 student-athletes across the nation. The forum enhanced his skills and provided a new perspective on leadership, which was ultimately conveyed on and off the field.  

In 2017, Leon helped the Eagles to a program record 43 wins and their first-ever ASUN Championship title. He closes out his career on the mound pitching a total of 242.2 innings and racked up 225 strikeouts, which is good for fifth all-time in FGCU history. Leon was recently drafted as the 699th overall pick in the 23rd round of the 2018 MLB Draft to the Arizona Diamondbacks.