Not only is Dylan Moore a shutdown closer on the mound, he's a stud in the classroom.

Moore, a 4.0 student majoring in Political Science (pre-law), was named to one of CoSIDA's 2016 Academic All-District Baseball Teams the same week he was named UL's Male Student Athlete of the Year. Not only is he shutting down batters on the mound, he's killing his exams and crushing the "student" side of being a student-athlete.

His Head Coach Tony Robichaux talks about his men being much more than baseball players, and D-Mo is a shining example.

"Most of the time awards only focus on a player's athletic ability. What I really like about this award is that you are not only judged on your athletic ability, but what you do academically in the classroom is also important. I think that's what it should always be about. They are called student-athletes for a reason," Robichaux stated. "We always tell our guys not to let their athletic mission undermine their academic mission. Dylan has been great for us not only on the field, but also in the classroom."

D-Mo's name regularly appears on the President's List at UL and the Commissioner's List in the Sun Belt Conference, so this is just one of his many academic awards. With a focus in pre-law, this is only the beginning of what could be a lengthy and scholarly endeavor.

In classic Coach Robe fashion, Tony wanted to make sure the people behind the scenes got their due too.

"A lot of the success we’ve had in the classroom as a team is a direct correlation to the hard work by coach Doe (Chris Domingue)," Robichaux said. " Christy Alford and Dustin Daigle in the student academic office have also played a big part our academic success, but coach Doe is my liaison between the student and the student academic center. I can’t say enough about how great of a job he does with that and how important it is to our program."

Always remember that on top of sweating and grinding out on at practice and in games, these student athletes are sweating and stressing about quizzes, homework and exams just like the rest of the student body. There are tutors, advisers and support systems in place to keep them going, and a well-oiled academic machine should receive praise in any situation.

Coach Robichaux, along with the other coaches on campus, takes pride in the success of his team, on and off the field. Dylan Moore is just another example of a program that produces quality men, through and though.

ADDENDUM: Ragin' Cajuns Softball also did their part in the classroom. Hayley Hayden (3.7 GPA) and Kassidy Zeringue (3.91 GPA) both made CoSIDA All-District teams as well, putting two Cajuns on the list of scholarly student athletes.

Coach Michael Lotief takes academics just as seriously as Coach Robe, so he was proud to talk about his two high achievers.

"Haley & Kassidy represent our program, but all of our kids strive for excellence in the classroom," Lotief said. "During finals week, this honor reminds you of how committed these student-athletes have to be in order to pursue excellence both in softball and academics."