(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) - The year is coming to a close, but the planning for next year has already started with the election of the new student-athlete advisory committee officers. Morgan Smith (softball), Justin Collins (football), Josh Collins (football), and Meagan Maxwell (women's lacrosse) will form the new quartet and take office this fall.
Morgan Smith (North Lima, Ohio/South Range) was elected president to lead the new group. The rising junior just wrapped up her season with the Storm softball team. She played 28 games this past season for the Green and White as a utility infielder.
Twins Justin Collins and Josh Collins (Strongville, Ohio) fill the next two positions of vice president and secretary, respectively. Both are redshirt sophomore wide receivers for the Storm football team.
Meagan Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) will serve as the treasurer for SAAC. She too will be a rising junior. She is an attacker for the Storm women's lacrosse team that will is wrapping up its season this weekend at the G-MAC Tournament in Tiffin.
Though the focus of campus SAACs is intended to be more parochial in nature, communication among campus and national SAACs offers student-athletes the opportunity to shape the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.
Functions of campus SAACs:
Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus 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 (e.g., student government).
Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.
Members of a campus SAAC have the opportunity to address issues affecting student-athletes at their institution; furthermore, members have the opportunity to offer input on issues which may be national in scope.
The campus committee is meant to serve as a local student-athlete voice in addressing issues of student-athlete welfare at their respective institutions. Campus committees can facilitate better communication among student-athletes from various athletics teams to address issues common to all.
The campus SAAC may also 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 NCAA student-athletes.
Through the grass-roots efforts of campus SAACs, student-athletes have the opportunity to change the face of intercollegiate athletics.