Student Athlete Advisory Committee

UMass Boston SAAC Mission Statement
UMass Boston is an NCAA Division III institution and is a member of the Little East Conference and the New England Hockey Conference.  As members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), we must serve as a liaison between the committee, our respective teams, our coaches, and athletic administration. To fulfill our mission we must:

1. Promote the growth of intellectual, physical, and social behaviors of the scholar athlete.
2. Develop and maintain effective, competitive, and compliant NCAA Division III sports programs.
3. Provide a forum for discussion of matters of concern for athletic teams.
4. Discuss, adopt and carry out procedures necessary for the general welfare of UMass Boston athletics.
5. Promote better communication and camaraderie among teams.
6. Promote effective communication between athletics, administration and the student-athletes to better serve their needs.
7.  Encourage involvement of student-athletes in community service and fundraising ideas for charity.
8.  Stimulate communications between athletics, student body, and campus community 


UMass Boston Student Athlete Advisory Committee Constitution (.pdf)


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UMass Boston SAAC Executive Board

President Vice President Senior Executive Treasurer Secretary
Community Promotion
Steve Witkowski
Albee Daley
Men's Ice Hockey
Taylor Smith
Track & Field/Cross Country 
Christopher Sian-Aguirre
Men's Track & Field
Gia Raczkowski
Raven Kelsey
Basketball/Track & Field

UMass Boston SAAC Members

Men's Soccer
Miguel Alcantar
Gabriel Gomes-Pereira

Women's Soccer
Carly Robinson
Gigi Braga

Julia Murphy
Alex Gibbs

Cross Country
Adriana Fredo
Jonny Long

Women's Tennis
Kelsey Shea
Kathleen Conroy

Men's Basketball
Sam Freeman
Khari Lovelock

Women's Basketball
Katrina Edwards
Raven Kelsey 

Men's Ice Hockey
Gabe Chuckran
Albee Daley 

Women's Ice Hockey
Arielle Gallucci
Rachel Myette
Sara Alonardo

Track and Field
Taylor "Jaz" Smith
Christopher Sian-Aguirre 

Steve Witkowski
Josh Lopez
Luke Nagle

Kayla Harris
Gia Raczkowski 

Jack Fournier
Daniel Geraghty
Matt Murphy

Men's Tennis
Austin DeLasse

Important Dates and Information

SAAC meets on Monday’s excluding holidays bi-monthly, beginning Sept 19, 2016.  Our big 4 events this year include:

1.    U-Access Thanksgiving Basket Drive - November 14-18, Delivering on 21st (release)
2.    Holiday Calendar Raffle - Prizes will be drawn throughout the month of December (raffle calendar - as of 1/4/16
3.    Special Olympics - February 5, 2017
4.    Division III Week - April 3-9, 2017
5.    "We Are One" Campaign - 2016-2017 

Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs) 

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.

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."