WHAT IS SAAC?:
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on their experience. The group also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. - ncaa.org
To act as a liaison between all student-athletes and the athletic administration, faculty, and staff.
To promote AU Intercollegiate Athletics by endorsing community service, social events and the support of team spirit.
To foster unity and camaraderie between all student-athletes and their teams.
Increase the Conference's involvement in the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Provide the student-athletes with a "voice" at Ashland University.
In 2019-20, the Ashland University SAAC has a goal to raise $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
2019-20 Ashland University SAAC Board
|President||Vice President||Secretary||Event Planning||Marketing||Student-Athlete Engagement||Student-Athlete Engagement|
|Jessica Zaper||Hannah Lee||Karlee Pireu||Nadya Boualany||Trevor Bassitt||Peter Reventlow||Kelseigh Wright|
2019-20 SAAC Roster
|Karlee Pireu||Women's basketball|
|Ellie Bowers||Women's soccer|
|Mary Grace Haney||Women's soccer|
|Hannah Riddle||Women's soccer|
|Abby Grzetic||Women's soccer|
|Allison Robertson||Women's soccer|
|Cat Darnell||Swimming and diving|
|Stephanie Slader||Women's soccer|
|Bri Fourman||Women's soccer|
|Makenzie Kelly||Women's soccer|
|Hillary Mihalik||Women's soccer|
|Annie Roshak||Women's basketball|
|Sophia Fortner||Women's basketball|
|Kayla Sanders||Women's basketball|
|Sam Chable||Women's basketball|
|Jodi Johnson||Women's basketball|
|Allison Brooks||Women's tennis|
|Sara Price||Women's basketball|
|Sara Loomis||Women's basketball|
|Zane Van Fossen||Men's soccer|
|Preston Sutton||Men's soccer|
|Justin Libertowski||Men's soccer|
|Travis Moore||Track and field|
|Tim Ramos||Track and field|
|Sophie Hemleben||Women's golf|
|Logan Pottorf||Women's golf|
|Juliana Markovic||Women's soccer|
|Hannah Simard||Women's soccer|
|Jace Ruggiero||Men's golf|
|Brent Dillon||Men's golf|
|Brent Fairbanks||Track and field|
|Noah Stubenrauch||Cross country/track and field|
|Colin Nieberding||Men's basketball|
|Yosola Olujide-Ajibade||Track and field|
|Nick Reimund||Cross country/track and field|
|Deijah Swihart||Women's soccer|
|Allie Holmes||Track and field|
|Jake Hall||Cross country/track and field|
|Cassandra Ponzi||Cross country/track and field|
|Joe Renner||Men's soccer|
|Brett Robinson||Men's soccer|
|Rachel Miller||Track and field|
|Chase Williams||Men's tennis|
|Bri Brdicka||Women's tennis|
|Tche Kun Teng||Men's tennis|
Though the focus of campus SAACs is intended to be more parochial in nature, communication among campus and national SAACs offers student-athletes the opportunity to shape the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.
Functions of campus SAACs:
- Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
- Disseminate information.
- Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
- Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department formulation of policies.
- Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams.
- Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
- Organize community service efforts.
- Create a vehicle for student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees (e.g., student government).
- Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.
Members of a campus SAAC have the opportunity to address issues affecting student-athletes at their institution; furthermore, members have the opportunity to offer input on issues which may be national in scope.
The campus committee is meant to serve as a local student-athlete voice in addressing issues of student-athlete welfare at their respective institutions. Campus committees can facilitate better communication among student-athletes from various athletics teams to address issues common to all.
The campus SAAC may also serve as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators on issues to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and education through sports participation. Concerns can be voiced and solutions offered regarding any issue that may be relevant to NCAA student-athletes.
Through the grass-roots efforts of campus SAACs, student-athletes have the opportunity to change the face of intercollegiate athletics.
Led by the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Division II schools partner with the Make-A-Wish foundation to raise funds nationwide for the organization.