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.
Stetson's Loic Blanco has impacted the Hatters' program through his leadership and contributions on and off the court. His attitude on making an impact every day has made him one of the leaders and role models at Stetson. Blanco was an impact player and person the minute he stepped foot on campus in DeLand. It was something that was evident to Stetson head coach Christophe Niblet.
"Loic showed great maturity, even though when he showed up on campus, but the maturity level he showed and expressed on a daily basis was clearly off the charts. He's been an impact for us since day one, so that maturity level I think is one of his biggest characteristics," said Niblet.
As the 17th-ranked player in his home country of France coming out of high school, Blanco certainly has made an impact on the court as well. He's been named First Team All-Conference four years in a row, while compiling a singles record of 59-20 over his four years with the Hatters. He has also served as the team captain for the Hatters each of the last two seasons. This past season, Blanco led Stetson to an 18-4 overall record, its most wins since 2011 when they won 20.
In the classroom, Blanco has put in just as impressive work. This past May, he graduated from Stetson University with a degree in Finance. Blanco posted a 3.73 GPA and was a two-time member of the ASUN All-Academic team. He was also a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma fraternity, which is the academic fraternity for the National College Athlete Honor Society. He most recently earned the ASUN's Postgraduate Scholarship as selected by the league's Faculty Athletic Representatives.
Blanco equates a community service project to what his time at Stetson has become. "My freshman year we had a community service project of planting trees right here in DeLand. I feel its a great meaning of my Stetson career because I started as a little tree and now four years down the road I feel like I've grown into a big one," Blanco said.
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