Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Announced For 2016-17

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Announced For 2016-17

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The 2016-17 Augusta University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee  has been set for the new year, SAAC Adviser and Assistant Athletic Director Melissa Brocato announced.

The Augusta Jags' SAAC gives all student-athletes a voice at the university through the influences of the coach-nominated student-athletes.

SAAC allows student-athletes to express their opinions and any reservations they may have about NCAA rules, regulations and policies including practice hours, travel distance and scheduling conflicts with academics.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee membership is composed of two members from each intercollegiate team and cheerleading squad, with one representative from the sports medicine staff.

These members 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 student-athletes.

Functions of the SAAC:

  • 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 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
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus


SAAC Members

The SAAC members meet monthly under the direction of an elected president and a senior member of the athletic management team.


2016-17 Executive Council

President: Justin Harrison, Track

Vice President: Erin Rozier, Softball

Secretary/Treasurer: Kendyl Conner, Softball


2016-17 Members

Baseball: Matthew Kuhlenberg, Jim Wagner

Men's Basketball: Aaron Byrd, Ben Ursich

Women's Basketball: Keena Evans, Tyren Ward

Men's Cross Country: Nick Del Guercio, Josh Thomson

Women's Cross Country: Amber Palermo, Morgan Ryffe

Men's Golf: Broc Everett, John Yi

Women's Golf: Maggie Ashmore, Cecilia Diez-Moliner

Softball: Kendyl Conner, Erin Rozier

Tennis: Joao Frietas

Men's Track & Field: Albert Acheampong, Justin Harrison

Women's Track & Field: Kiana Kelly, Lara Way

Volleyball: Savannah Gonzales, Blair Bolton

Cheerleading: Ariel Charles


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