Embrace The Balance: NE10 Formalizes Creation of Conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Council

Embrace The Balance: NE10 Formalizes Creation of Conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Council



Newly-Formed Council Aids to Provide More of a Voice for Student-Athletes on Important Conference Issues

MANSFIELD, Mass. - The Northeast-10 Conference has formally completed the creation of the conference's official Student-Athlete Advisor Committee council (SAAC) it was announced today. The group will consist of 31 student-athletes, two per institution, as well as the league's national SAAC representative. 

To see the 31 student-athletes that were named to the newly-formed conference's SAAC coucil, please see below.

The Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Council shall receive information from appropriate sources and to act on matters pertaining to the well-being of the student-athletes of the Northeast-10 Conference. Further the NE10 SAAC shall receive and discuss information regarding legislative and administrative matters affecting the well-being of student-athletes affiliated with the NE10, and to convey judgment on these matters to the appropriate parties.

"The institutions did a tremendous job of adhering to our requested criteria with regards to balance of sport and class year composition," said NE10 Commissioner Julie Ruppert. This group features 15 student-athletes who currently serve on their institutions SAAC Executive Committees and six who attended the NCAA Division II SAAC Super Region Convention this past fall. We are extremely excited to begin working with this enhanced SAAC group!"

Each member institution shall select two student-athletes to serve on the Conference SAAC. Institutions must appoint one male and one female, one of which must be a member of their institutional SAAC executive board. Additionally, the two representatives must be from different academic classes (e.g. sophomore, junior, senior), from different sport seasons (e.g. fall, winter, spring), and must participate on NE10 sponsored sport teams. Additionally, the Conference’s DII National SAAC representative will serve as an ex-officio member, if they are not appointed as an institutional representative.

NE10 SAAC Council
Mike Demarest, Adelphi
Victoria Major, Adelphi
Alice Calabrese, American International
Matthew Costanza, American International
Joe Baron, Assumption
Samantha Tepper, Assumption
Samantha D'Aquila, Bentley
Timothy Fay, Bentley 
Hannah Martin, Franklin Pierce
Luke Tracy, Franklin Pierce
Dominick Battaglia, Le Moyne
Riley Wilde, Le Moyne
JJ Smith, Merrimack
Rosie Sperduto, Merrimack
Nicole Calabrese, New Haven
Dylon Grzenda, New Haven
Annie Carberry, Pace
Austin Gilbertson, Pace
Jill Powers, Saint Anselm
Jacob Rostkowski, Saint Anselm
Daniel Fortier, Saint Michael's
Annie Martin, Saint Michael's
Sarah Rodgers, Saint Michael's*
Karissa Birthwright, Saint Rose
Roko Jelavic, Saint Rose
Kelli McCombs, Southern Connecticut
Noah Miree, Southern Connecticut
Marisa McLaughlin, Southern New Hampshire
Chaney Nash-Gibney, Southern New Hampshire
Sinead O'Brien, Stonehill
James Varney, Stonehill

* indicates National SAAC Representative

The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete.

Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.