NE10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)


2019-20 SAAC Leadership

Co-Chair: Brendan Desautels, Assumption (Baseball)
Co-Chair: Nicole McIntosh, Saint Rose (Swimming & Diving)

Vice Co-Chair: Natalie Shaker, New Haven (Field Hockey)
Vice Co-Chair: James Varney, Stonehill (Ice Hockey)

National SAAC Rep: Kate Pigsley, Southern N.H. (Field Hockey) 

NE10 SAAC Mission Statement:
The mission of the NE10 SAAC is to enhance the overall student-athlete experience by maintaining a commitment to academic and athletic experience while promoting diversity, serving as ambassadors to the community and acting as liaisons between every NE10 student-athlete, the conference office, and the NCAA.

The conference SAAC meets throughout the year and each member school has two representatives, one male and one female. 


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2019-20 NE10 SAAC Members

School Name Sport
Adelphi Giancarlo Vacca Soccer
Adelphi Victoria Major Track & Field
AIC Matthew Costanza Baseball
AIC Shannon Cormier Field Hockey
Assumption Brendan Desutels Baseball
Assumption Samantha Tepper Field Hockey
Bentley Samantha D'Aquila Field Hockey
Bentley Timothy Fay Swimming
FPU Abigail Garnhart  Volleyball
FPU Ryan Ducrow XC/Track
Le Moyne Ali Greco Soccer
Le Moyne Dominick Battaglia  XC/Track
New Haven Kevin Mcniff  Baseball
New Haven Natalie Shaker Field Hockey
Pace Austin Gilbertson Basketball
Pace Danielle Vaiano Volleyball
Saint Anselm Matt Ward Lacrosse
Saint Anselm Sara Messler Basketball
Saint Michael's Daniel Fortier Swimming
Saint Michael's Madeleine Morse Soccer
Saint Rose Justin Runge Track & Field
Saint Rose Nicole McIntosh Basketball
SCSU Bayleigh Takacs Lacrosse
SCSU Dominic Papiro Swimming
SNHU Aly Curran Lacrosse
SNHU Kurt Gutting Ice Hockey
SNHU* Kate Pigsley Field Hockey
Stonehill Carly Russell Volleyball
Stonehill James Varney Ice Hockey

*SAAC National Rep

What is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee? (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. 

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.

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."

Division II
The Division II SAAC consists of one student-athlete representative from each of the Division II multi-sport voting conferences, one student-athlete representative of Division II independent institutions, and two student-athlete at-large positions. 

The Division II SAAC affects the legislative process via an annual summit held each July with the Division II Management Council, during which members of the SAAC have an opportunity to interact with members of the Management Council on proposed NCAA legislation and current Division II issues. Also, committee members participate in the NCAA Convention each January where they express the student-athlete voice on collective concerns regarding proposed Division II legislation.

Division II national SAAC members actively take the lead in addressing issues facing Division II student-athletes such as the development of campus and conference SAACs, Title IX education, faculty/student-athlete relations and championships enhancements.