The 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.

In celebration of NCAA Division III Week (April 9-15, 2012), the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Trinity University organized a field day with student-athletes and coaches from numerous sports at nearby Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. 

Sunshine Cottage and Trinity have enjoyed a tremendous relationship over the years, and in particular, the SAAC felt strongly about involving the school in Division III Week.  The inaugural NCAA Division III Week was implemented to give student-athletes an opportunity to publicize the overall experience of student-athletes in the membership’s largest division.  Full Story





During Alumni Weekend 2011, the SAAC raised its voice initiated a campus-wide effort to promote awareness of the treatment of breast cancer.

A large number of campus organizations sold black T-shirts all week, with the proceeds going to two cancer-fighting entities. The idea was for all to wear the T-shirts and form a "Black Out" at the weekend's activities, in support of the program.

The idea was a huge success, and there was a special ceremony during the Trinity women's soccer game Oct. 7 with Rhodes College. Checks totaling $18,000 were presented to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and to Texas Wings, an organization which provides low-cost or no-cost mammograms to uninsured women.


Women's Soccer at Habitat for Humanity


2013-14 SAAC Officers-

President                     Jackie Newell

Vice President             Alessa Hutter

Secretary                     Hannah Coley

Fundraising     Emily Jorgens, Lauren Goldberg

Treasurer    Melanie Gustafson


2011-12 SAAC Members:

W. Soccer                     Emily Jorgens, Lauren Goldberg, Jennifer White

M. Soccer                      Callum Squires

W. Golf                          Alessa Hutter

M.Golf                            Austin Jung

W. Basketball               Murphy Burns, Elizabeth Kruse, Hannah Coley

M. Basketball                Joseph Shotland

Softball                         Caitlynn Dykes

W.Cross Country          Jackie Newell

M. Cross Country          Christian Soto

W. Track                       Bailey Drury

M. Track                        Thomas Patterson

Football                        Connor Yorloff, Matthew Kennemer

Baseball                        Jeremy Wolf

W. Swimming                Melanie Gustafson

M. Swimming                Arthur Daigh

W. Tennis                      TBD

M. Tennis                       Nicolas Moreno

Volleyball                      Erin Cusenbary

Cheer Brianna Wood    

SAAC Advisors:

Lance Key, Aly Hazelwood

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