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Mission Statement of the NCAA SAAC

"The mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protection student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image."

Purpose of the Southern Conference SAAC

"The purpose of the organization shall be to lay the foundation for developing the SoCon SAAC into a solid organization, while utilizing each other's resources and providing guidance to strengthen SAACs throughout the Southern Conference."

Specifically to:
1. Be an organization in which individuals serve as a voice for their institution
2. Share ideas, network, and develop lasting friendships
3. Try to address issues and problems
4. Create opportunities for unity, change, and rewards
5. Foster communication among all schools in the conference

Purpose of the Western Carolina SAAC

"The purpose of each institutional SAAC is to promote and actively encourage the involvement of student-athletes on campus and in their communities, while allowing those student-athletes to have an open line of communication to voice their concerns to institutional administrations and the conference office."(Idea was established by the SoCon)


2012-13 Western Carolina SAAC Monthly Awards:

Each month during the 2012-13 season, a player on an in-season squad that has had the best statistics and biggest impact on the team will be chosen by the SAAC Committee as the Male and Female Players of the Month. At the end of the year, those student-athletes which have been honored with a monthly award will be eligible for the SAAC Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Also named each month, the "SAAC Spotlight Athlete" is presented to the male or female student-athlete that has excelled in athletics, academics, leadership and service in their community. It is awarded to the athlete that does more than what they are asked on a daily basis and does all they can do to improve the image of their respective team and Catamount Athletics as a whole.

Western Carolina SAAC September's Awards

  • Female Athlete of the Month: Taylor Allison | Women's Golf
  • Male Athlete of the Month: J.T. Poston | Men's Golf
  • Female Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Leah Butler | Volleyball
  • Male Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Bevans Robbs | Football

    Western Carolina SAAC October's Awards

  • Female Athlete of the Month: Markie Studnicky | Women's Soccer
  • Male Athlete of the Month: Josey Weaver | Men's Cross Country
  • Female Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Samantha Hodge | Women's Soccer
  • Male Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Preston Ross | Men's Basketball

    Western Carolina SAAC November's Awards

  • Female Athlete of the Month: Addy George | Volleyball
  • Male Athlete of the Month: Tyler Lail | Men's Golf
  • Female Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Paige McConlogue | Volleyball
  • Male Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Tawaski King | Men's Basketball

    Western Carolina SAAC December's Awards

  • Female Athlete of the Month: Lindsay Simpson | Women's Basketball
  • Male Athlete of the Month: Tom Tankelewicz | Men's Basketball
  • Female Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Alex Gastesi | Women's Soccer
  • Male Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Josh Mendenhall | Men's Basketball

    Western Carolina SAAC January's Awards

  • Female Athlete of the Month:
  • Male Athlete of the Month: Trey Sumler | Men's Basketball
  • Female Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Nancy Thacker | Women's Basketball
  • Male Spotlight Athlete of the Month: Rhett Harrelson | Men's Basketball

    2013-2014 Western Carolina SAAC Officers

    Name (Sport) Office
    Christina White (Women's Soccer) President
    Jack Walsh (Men's Golf) Vice President
    Courtney Rosu (Women's Soccer) Secretary
    Heather Chastain (Softball) Media Chair
    K.P. Hicks (Football) Community Service Chair
    TBA Community Service Chair
    Jennifer Lauer (Women's Soccer) Spirit Chair
    Nicole Nielly (Women's Tennis) Philanthropy Chair
    Brittany Gendron (Women's Soccer) Philanthropy Chair
    Stacey Miller Advisor
    Lindsey Lessing Co-Advisor
    Jennifer Lauer (Women's Soccer) SoCon & NCAA SAAC Representative


    2012-13 Western Carolina SAAC Sport Representatives

    Name Sport
    Bradley Strong Baseball
    Max Linville Baseball
    Kapri Pierce Cheerleading
    Kyle May Cheerleading
    Ace Clark Football
    Andre Whitmire Football
    Ben Watkins Football
    David Giron Football
    Helva Matungulu Football
    Impa Kasanganay Football
    K.P. Hicks Football
    Marcus Stokes Football
    Nicholas Woodard Football
    Rock Williams Football
    Tyler Klipa Football
    Greg Bunner Men's Golf
    Jack Walsh Men's Golf
    J.T. Poston Men's Golf
    Matthew Turner Men's Golf
    Mariah Hopkins Women's Golf
    Jamie Van Pelt Track & Field / Cross Country
    Janise Robinson Track & Field / Cross Country
    Jenn Collins Women's Soccer
    Jenny Lauer Women's Soccer
    Jocelyn Keen Track & Field / Cross Country
    Katie Barry Women's Tennis
    Katie King Softball
    Katie Salmons Women's Soccer
    Kayla Beauduy Women's Soccer
    Kayla Sedgley Women's Soccer
    Kaylan Lance Track & Field / Cross Country
    Kelly Braman Softball
    Kenzie Cole Women's Soccer
    Kim Cannon Track & Field / Cross Country
    Kimberly Sullivan Women's Soccer
    Laura Greb Women's Soccer
    Lauren Crawford Cheerleading
    Lauren Johnston Volleyball
    Leslie Raymond Track & Field / Cross Country
    Lindsay Carter Women's Soccer
    Makenzie McAteer Softball
    Marcus Stokes Football
    Matt Stenger Track & Field / Cross Country
    Melanie Stewart Women's Basketball
    Melissa Lay Women's Soccer
    Michelle Bello Women's Golf
    Nancy Thacker Women's Basketball
    Nate Harris Football
    Nolan Clark Track & Field / Cross Country
    Preston Ross Men's Basketball
    Rock Williams Football
    Ronald Duncan Track & Field / Cross Country
    Sam Smithson Men's Basketball
    Samantha Hodge Women's Soccer
    Sara Catherine Robinson Women's Soccer
    Taylor Beckett Track & Field / Cross Country
    Trey White Men's Golf
    Vance Chavis Baseball
    Wesley Cook Football
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