“It is so hard to get recruited in Louisiana because it is not a ‘hot bed’ for lacrosse and coaches gravitate to players from the northeast rather than a kid from Louisiana. So, it means so much that I can start being a trail blazer in Louisiana Lacrosse recruiting and start showing Louisiana has some ballers too.” Logan LeBlanc, Class of 2021
It’s not every day that a Louisiana athlete signs on to play lacrosse at the next level, but that is just what happened this week when Episcopal senior Logan LeBlanc made it official with Southwestern University. Southwestern is located in Georgetown, Texas, near Austin. Logan says there were multiple reasons for inking with the Pirates. “The first is it is a top class academic institution that will challenge me but also gives me so many opportunities to follow my major in the medical field,” he says. “Secondly, I loved the location of being right outside of Austin and the actual city of Georgetown being so pretty. Lastly, Coach Bowman was the first coach to ever recruit me. He was the first person to believe that I was a college player and that stuck with me.”
Opportunities to play lacrosse in Louisiana are not as common as other sports, but that didn’t impede Logan. He has been playing the sport for eight years after first competing for the local club youth team in Baton Rouge. “Once I hit high school, I started playing for the Dutchtown club lacrosse team but the past two years I switched over to the Chaos Lacrosse Club which is based in Mandeville,” he says. “Also, I played for FTK which is a select lacrosse team with the best players for Louisiana.” Logan credits FTK coach Shane Koppens with helping him garner the attention of college teams. “He put my name out there and put me in positions to make a name for myself,” says Logan. As a part of the national team, Logan also had the opportunity to play in the northern part of the country, which he says, “started putting Louisiana out there.”
Once he arrives in Texas, Logan plans to pursue a Pre-Med major. He is accustomed to juggling rigorous academics and a range of athletic involvement. “I also was an Episcopal Track and Cross-Country runner which helped me so much as a lacrosse player which also let me become a multiple cross country and indoor track state champion,” says Logan. “Coach Dupe shaped me into the player I am and showed me anything is possible.”
“Logan is an amazing person,” says Coach Dupe. “He came to me as a 7th grader and had one of the slowest times on our team. He never let this bother him. He just kept working hard each and every year and eventually became a member of our top 7 in cross country and also a huge contributor in track. I have used this example so many times with our younger runners.”
Logan’s determination and commitment are part of the advice he offers to classmates. “My advice is never give up on yourself,” he says. “Your biggest enemy is the person that stares back to you in the mirror. Always believe in yourself and there is nothing holding you back. You can do anything you put your mind to. Also, if it seems like it's hard right now I always like to say this ‘Remember there is always light at the end of the tunnel.’” From what Coach Dupe has witnessed, Logan is sure to be successful. “Logan was a great leader and captain,” he says. “He cares so much about the team. I would be willing to bet that he will eventually be a captain for his college Lacrosse team. He works very hard to be not only the best athlete he can be but the best person he can be as well.”
As Logan nears the end of his high school experience, he’s looking forward to the next chapter as a college athlete. We wish him well as he realizes his dream of playing lacrosse and making Louisiana proud. Congratulations, Logan!
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