Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

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

2017-2018 SAAC Executive Board

 Nicolette Jacobs  Devon Patterson  Matt Mercer  Hannah Watson   Kelly Moran
President
Nicolette Jacobs
Softball
Vice President
Devon Patterson
Track & Field
Community
  Service Officer
Matt Mercer
Track & Field/XC
Spirit Officer
Hannah Watson
Volleyball

Secretary
Kelly Moran
Swimming & Diving

Purpose:

  • Act as a liaison between the university and the Buffalo community by providing information on the unique needs and accomplishments of student-athletes;
  • Recognize the student-athlete in the fields of academics and athletics;
  • Implement programs that will promote a positive image of intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete;
  • Solicit student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation and review, react and comment to the governance Structure on legislation, activities and subjects of interest;
  • Serve as community ambassadors of the Division of Athletics and the University at Buffalo;
  • Actively participate in the administrative process of athletics programs and the NCAA

Committee Structure

  • At least two (2) representatives from each varsity team are to attend each meeting. 
  • Representatives must attend the university as a full-time student and be officially listed on a varsity sport squad list.
  • Head coaches and/or team members select representatives by the beginning of the fall semester. While these 2 student-athletes are the team SAAC representatives, all other student-athletes are more than welcome and encouraged to attend SAAC meetings.
  • Meetings are held once everything three weeks with additional ones when needed
  • SAAC EBoard will look to 1 SAAC representative as the point person for input on their team’s Band of Bulls. The “Spirit” SAAC representative may gain input from their team and share their responsibility, but will remain the person that the SAAC EBoard looks to for Band of Bulls input.
  • SAAC EBoard will look to 1 SAAC representative as the point person for input on their team’s Team Community Service Project(s). The “Community” SAAC representative may gain input from their team and share their responsibility, but will remain the person that the SAAC EBoard looks to for updates about the team community service project(s).

Mission Statement of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

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

Rules Education 2017-2018

The Office of Compliance will cover NCAA rules education at one meeting per month during the months of September through April.

 

Team Representatives 

K.J. Osborn

Football

Khalil Hodge

Football

Tyler Mabry

Football

 

Matt Otwinowski

Football

 

Kyle Dween

Football

 

Rachel Villalta

Women's Soccer

Gianna Yurchak

Women's Soccer

Steve George

Men's Track and Field

Rob Haughton

Men's Track and Field

 

Dylan Servos

Men's Cross Country

 

Oscar Vazquez

Men's Cross Country

 

Morgan Mahoney

Women's Cross Country

 

Annie Kurdziel

Women's Cross Country

 

Andrea Ernst

Women's Swimming and Diving

 

Catherine Schultheis

Women's Swimming and Diving

 

Lace Smith

Softball

 

Alyssa Cuevas

Softball

 

Andrea Mitrovic

Women's Volleyball

 

Lauren Slavoski

Women's Volleyball

 

Courtney Wilkins

Women's Basketball

 

Cierra Dillard

Women's Basketball

 

Nick Perkins

Men's Basketball

 

Brock Bertram

Men's Basketball

 

Ryan Peters

Wrestling

 

 

 

Ryan Juarez

Wrestling

 

Amy Villarini

Women's Track and Field

 

Hannah Sieders

Women's Track and Field

 

Selina Von Jackowski

Women's Track and Field

 

Tanja Stojanovska

Women's Tennis

 

Mercedes Losada Rubio

Women's Tennis

 

Ethan Nittolo

Men's Tennis

Petr Vodak

Men's Tennis