SJC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

What is 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 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.



11/24/2015 - St. Joe's SAAC Members Contribute to 'Operation Christmas Child'

12/4/2014 - Saint Joseph's SAAC Creates 21 Boxes for Operation Christmas Child

3/18/2014 - 2014 National Girls & Women in Sport Day a Success

2/16/2014 - SJC Athletes Participate in Cycle4Care Fundraiser

12/12/2013 - SJC SAAC Participates in Operation Christmas Child

4/5/2011 - SJC SAAC Members Attend GNAC Retreat in Boston

10/12/2011 - ECAC And GNAC Team Up For Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Retreat

2017-18 Saint Joseph's College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Roster

Jared Gagne - Baseball
Finance & Accounting - 19'

Luke Klenda - Baseball
Business Management - 20'

Darian Berry - Basketball
Business - 19'

Quinn Richardson-Newton
Exercise Science - 18'

Emily DeLuca - Soccer/Basketball
Exercise Science - 18' 

Julia Quinn - Basketball
Elementary Education - 20'

Lucas Fisher-Cross Country/Track
History/Secondary Ed. - 18'

Marshall Berninghausen-Track & Field
Exercise Science - 19' 

Lillian Bisset-Track & Field/Soccer
Criminal Justice - 20'

Sarah Curtin - Track&Field/Cross County
Biology - 19' 

Arianna Kahler - Field Hockey
Nursing - 19'

Hayley Winslow - Field Hockey
International Business - 18'
Adam Hachey - Golf
Marketing - 19' 

Brendan Barrett - Lacrosse
Business Administration - 18'

 Liam Skinner - Lacrosse
Criminal Justice/Finance - 18'

Megan Baker-Lacrosse/Field Hockey
Psychology - 19'

Elyse Caiazzo-Lacrosse/Field Hockey
Political/Environmental Science-18'
Keenan Welzel - Soccer
Business & Sports Management-20'

Daulton Gaumer - Soccer
Business & Sports Management-19'

 Haley DaGraca - Soccer
Medical Biology/Pre-Vet - 19'
Sarah Comtois - Soccer
Communications - 18'
  Melodie Bailey - Softball
Exercise Science/Health & Wellness 
 Maizie Lee - Softball
Nursing - 20'
Jodynne Copp - Volleyball
Nurising - 18'
Sarah Dyer - Volleyball
Nursing - 18'





2016-17 Committee Officers:

Hayley Winslow

Megan Baker

Haley DaGraca 
President Vice President Secretary


2016-17 Committee Advisor:

Tiffany Miller-Gagnon
Assistant Athletic



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."


Kelly Cyr '05 (Women's Soccer)
Wade Oliver '09 (Baseball)
Ryan Prescott '09 (Cross Country/M.Lacrosse)
Jillian Leger '08 (Women's Soccer) 
Fall 2015
Ben Johnson '17 (Swimming)
Lauren Prue '17 (Swimming)
Sarah Comtois '18 (Soccer)
Fall 2014
Hannah LeBlanc '16 (Soccer)
Allie Krasco '16 (Swimming)
Lauren Prue '17 (Swimming)
Jeff Merrill '15 (Cross Country)
Fall 2013
Sarah Assante '15 (W. Basketball)
Jake Ricciardi '14 (M. Lacrosse)
Fall 2012
Ashley Condon '13 (WXC/TF)
James Philbrook '14 (M. Basketball)
Fall 2011
Allyson Woods '12 (W. Lacrosse)
Fall 2007
Scott Vachon '09 (M.Basketball)
Sarah Gapp '10 (W.Cross Country)
Fall 2006
Miles Johnson '08 (Baseball)
Megan Farrell '08 (Softball/W.Basketball)
Spring 2006
Kristine Benere '07 (Field Hockey)
Keil Martin '07 (Baseball)