Student Athlete Advisory Committee

UMass Boston SAAC Mission Statement
UMass Boston is an NCAA Division III institution and is a member of the Little East Conference and the New England Hockey Conference.  As members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), we must serve as a liaison between the committee, our respective teams, our coaches, and athletic administration. To fulfill our mission we must:

1. Promote the growth of intellectual, physical, and social behaviors of the scholar athlete.
2. Develop and maintain effective, competitive, and compliant NCAA Division III sports programs.
3. Provide a forum for discussion of matters of concern for athletic teams.
4. Discuss, adopt and carry out procedures necessary for the general welfare of UMass Boston athletics.
5. Promote better communication and camaraderie among teams.
6. Promote effective communication between athletics, administration and the student-athletes to better serve their needs.
7.  Encourage involvement of student-athletes in community service and fundraising ideas for charity.
8.  Stimulate communications between athletics, student body, and campus community 

 


UMass Boston Student Athlete Advisory Committee Constitution (.pdf)

 

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UMass Boston SAAC Executive Board

President Vice President Treasurer Secretary
Community Relations
  
Steve Witkowski
Baseball
Raven Kelsey
Basketball/Track & Field

Jack Fournier
Lacrosse

Gabe Chuckran
Men's Ice Hockey
Muhaned Ghabour
Men's Basketball

UMass Boston SAAC Members

Men's Soccer
Miguel Alcantar
Gabriel Gomes-Pereira

Women's Soccer
Carly Robinson
Gigi Braga

Volleyball
Laura Roman-Castro
Alex Gibbs

Cross Country
Cameron Chase
Adriana Fredo

Women's Tennis
Valeria Tueme
Katie Gauthier
Kathleen Conroy

Men's Basketball
Muhaned Ghabour

Women's Basketball
Alecia Quinones
Raven Kelsey 

Men's Tennis
Austin DeLasse
Ray Platteel

Men's Ice Hockey
Gabe Chuckran
Dakota Keene
John Regnart 

Women's Ice Hockey
Arielle Gallucci
Rachel Myette
Rachel Peacock

Track and Field
Themo Liakopoulos
Logan Mitchell
Wadeline Jonathas
Olivia Burnes 

Baseball
Steve Witkowski
Eddie Riley

Softball
Kayla Harris
Arianna Bilotta

Lacrosse
Jack Fournier
Matt Murphy

 


Important Dates and Information

SAAC meets on Monday’s excluding holidays bi-monthly, beginning Sept 18, 2017.  

December Fundraiser Calendar 2017 (.pdf)


Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs) 

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 polices that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs.

The information that follows will assist you in understanding how the network of SAACs, from individual campus committees to the conference and/or national committees, interact and support one another to shape intercollegiate athletics policy and enhance the student-athlete experience.


History of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 

An Association-wide SAAC was adopted at the 1989 NCAA Convention and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athlete welfare.

The initial national committee was comprised of student-athletes from all membership divisions for the purpose of ensuring that the student-athlete voice was one that accounted for the myriad of educational and athletics experiences of both female and male student-athletes at all NCAA member institutions. In August 1997, the NCAA federated along divisional lines. The federation caused the SAAC to expand to three SAACs representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III.

Each national divisional committee is comprised of both female and male student-athletes charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA governance structure. This is accomplished by providing student-athlete input on issues related to student-athlete welfare that are division-specific. (Federation has increased student-athlete participation in the governance process of intercollegiate athletics by increasing the number of SAAC members from the former Association-wide committee of 28 student-athletes to a sum total of 79 members serving on the national Divisions I, II, and III committees).

The input of the respective Divisions I, II and III SAACs continues to be sought by a variety of constituencies within the Association. Student-athlete committee members have the opportunity to speak with their respective NCAA Management Councils, and the Divisions II and III SAACs continue to speak to legislative issues on the NCAA Convention floor.


National SAACs (Divisions I, II and III) at a glance: 

• Generate a student-athlete voice within the NCAA structure.
• Solicit student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation.
• Recommend potential NCAA legislation.
• Review, react and comment to the governance structure on legislation, activities and subjects of interest.
• Actively participate in the administrative process of athletics programs and the NCAA.
• Promote a positive student-athlete image.


Mission Statement of the National SAACs 

"The mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image."