Corey Gaconi named Southland Student-Athlete of theYear

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FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana senior pitcher Corey Gaconi is the 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with the all-academic teams. All yearly league awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.

The Metairie, La., native picks up his third consecutive academic all-conference honor. Boasting a 3.93 GPA in marketing, Gaconi became the third Lion in program history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning third-team honors in 2019. He graduated last month with the highest GPA of any male student-athlete at Southeastern Louisiana.

The 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gaconi went 7-3 with a 2.57 ERA, 95 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 108.2 innings. The senior finished fourth nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.64). In regular-season conference starts, he was undefeated (6-0) with a league-low 1.82 ERA and 63 punchouts, opposite of seven walks.

Southeastern Louisiana and Incarnate Word lead the way with five total selections each, followed by Nicholls, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a pair each. McNeese, New Orleans and Abilene Christian each have one honoree. UIW’s four first-team members are the most by any school.

Joining Gaconi as repeat academic all-conference selections are teammate Bryce Tassin, SHSU’s Hayden Wesneski and Nick Mikolajchak, A&M-Corpus Christi’s Itchy Burts and ACU’s Dalon Farkas, who are all receiving their second nod.

Gaconi was one of five CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, along with fellow Lion Kyle Schimpf, UIW’s Tyler Miller, McNeese’s Bryan King and Nicholls’ Dane Simon. Miller, King and A&M-Corpus Christi’s Luke Marbach all posted perfect 4.0 GPAs, and King was the recipient of the conference’s F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship.

Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coach, sports information director and academic staff member from each member school. Student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition (excluding pitchers) to qualify. Nominees who were first team all-conference or Google Cloud Academic All-District selections are automatically named Southland All-Academic.

The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Student-Athlete of the Year. Student-Athlete of the Year candidates must have earned at least a 3.20 GPA and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.

2019 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year: Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana

2019 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic First Team

Name School Cl. GPA Major
Corey Gaconi*3^$ Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.92 Marketing
Sean Arnold* UIW Jr. 3.42 Sport Management
Eddy Gonzalez* UIW Sr. 3.34 Management
Ryan Gonzalez* UIW Sr. 3.05 Kinesiology
Tyler Miller^ UIW Gr. 4.00 Accounting
Bryan King^$ McNeese Sr. 4.00 Natural Resource Conservation Mgmt.
Reeves Martin* New Orleans Jr. 3.01 Human Performance & Health Promotion
Dane Simon^ Nicholls So. 3.95 Business Administration
Hayden Wesneski*2 Sam Houston State Jr. 3.78 Accounting
Kyle Schimpf^ Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.86 General Studies
Itchy Burts*2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.69 Mechanical Engineering
Cody Davenport Central Arkansas Sr. 3.33 Physical Education/Teacher Education


2019 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic Second Team

Name School Cl. GPA Major
Nick Mikolajchak2 Sam Houston State Jr. 3.91 General Business
Nathan Jones Northwestern State Sr. 3.41 Business Administration
Luke Marbach Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 4.00 Kinesiology
Jared Biddy Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.50 General Studies
Bryce Tassin2 Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.87 Accounting
Caleb Ricca Northwestern State Jr. 3.33 Business Administration
Jason Blanchard Lamar Sr. 3.31 Economics
Dalon Farkas2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.40 Accounting
Ryan Flores UIW So. 3.43 Rehabilitative Sciences
Jacob Bedevian Nicholls Sr. 3.15 Business Administration
Gavin Stone Central Arkansas So. 3.10 Physical Education/Teacher Education
Mason Knopp Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.53 General Studies

* First Team All-Conference

2 Two-time all-academic selection

^ Google Cloud Academic All-District

$ Google Cloud Academic All-American

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