SAAC

STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC)

A Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience.  The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives. 

Presently, there are separate national SAAC committees for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA Division II legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAAC committees on their respective campuses.  Further, NCAA Division II legislation requires that all member conferences have SAAC committees.   Though the focus of SAAC is intended to be more parochial in nature, communication among campus and national SAAC committees offers student-athletes the opportunity to shape the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.

Members of 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 SAAC is meant to serve as a local student-athlete voice in addressing issues of student-athlete welfare at their respective institutions.  The SAAC can facilitate better communication among student-athletes from various athletics teams to address issues common to all.

The 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 our student-athletes.

A. MISSION

• "The mission of the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image, while honoring Christ through excellence in Athletics."  (Adopted from the Mission Statement of the National SAAC combined with Concordia University Irvine's Athletic Department mission statement).

B. PHILOSOPHY

• The Concordia University Irvine Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will place high priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs.  We will seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletic activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience.  We also will seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity among our student-athletes and athletic staff, while honoring Christ.  (Adopted from Division-II philosophy with our own Christian emphasis)

Executive Board

President – Ryan Kauth

Vice-President – Tommy Stangl

Secretary – Ellie Johnson

Treasurer – Franchesca Wyatt

Event Planner – Leah Jaeger

SAAC Members

Name

Sport

Year

Major

Ryan Land

Baseball

Freshman

Business Management

Tommy Stangl  

Men's Basketball

Senior  

Business Management

Carly Bishop

Women's Basketball

Junior   

Exercise & Sports Science

Abby Hatt

Cheer   

Sophomore

Business Management

Ian Sheidenberger

Men's Cross Country

Junior   

Psychology

Laura Pluemer

Women's Cross Country

Senior  

International Studies

Cody Cook

Men's Lacrosse

Senior  

Business Management

Brittani Nagy     

Women's Lacrosse

Senior

Communication Studies

Ray Estrada

Men's Soccer

Junior   

Business Management

Kendall Reekstin

Women's Soccer

Sophomore       

Biology

Megan Freuerstein

Softball

Sophomore

Athletic Training

Ryan Kauth

Men's Swimming

Senior

Exercise & Sports Science

Franchesca Wyatt

Women's Swimming

Junior

Exercise & Sports Science

Christian Wickenhauser

Men's Tennis

Junior   

Economics

Ellie Johnson

Women's Tennis

Junior

Exercise & Sports Science

Zachary Pio

Men's Track & Field

Senior

Business Management

Leah Jaeger

Women's Track & Field

Senior

Art Education

Vincent Rodriguez

Men's Volleyball

Senior

Communication Studies

Jordan Smith

Women's Volleyball

Junior

Business Marketing

Rhett Turvey

Men's Water Polo

Junior

Athletic Training

Jamie Breen

Women's Water Polo

Junior

Business