Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Ashland University is proud to be a participant in the Division II National SAAC.


The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on their experience. The group also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. -



  • To act as a liaison between all student-athletes and the athletic administration, faculty, and staff. 

  • To promote AU Intercollegiate Athletics by endorsing community service, social events and the support of team spirit. 

  • To foster unity and camaraderie between all student-athletes and their teams. 

  • Increase the Conference's involvement in the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

  • Provide the student-athletes with a "voice" at Ashland University.

In 2019-20, the Ashland University SAAC has a goal to raise $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.


2019-20 Ashland University SAAC Board

President Vice President Secretary Event Planning Marketing Student-Athlete Engagement Student-Athlete Engagement
Jessica Zaper Hannah Lee Karlee Pireu Nadya Boualany Trevor Bassitt Peter Reventlow Kelseigh Wright


2019-20 SAAC Roster

Member Name Sport
Karlee Pireu Women's basketball
Ellie Bowers Women's soccer
Mary Grace Haney Women's soccer
Hannah Riddle Women's soccer
Abby Grzetic Women's soccer
Allison Robertson Women's soccer
Bret Romanzak Wrestling
Cat Darnell Swimming and diving
Chance Hitchcock Baseball
Carson Speelman Wrestling
Stephanie Slader Women's soccer
Bri Fourman Women's soccer
Makenzie Kelly Women's soccer
Hillary Mihalik Women's soccer
Annie Roshak Women's basketball
Quinn Coppess Volleyball
Sophia Fortner Women's basketball
Kayla Sanders Women's basketball
Sam Chable Women's basketball
Jodi Johnson Women's basketball
Allison Brooks Women's tennis
Sara Price Women's basketball
Sara Loomis Women's basketball
Zane Van Fossen Men's soccer
Preston Sutton Men's soccer
Justin Libertowski Men's soccer
Travis Moore Track and field
Tim Ramos Track and field
Abby Federici Lacrosse
Mia Rader Lacrosse
Sophie Hemleben Women's golf
Logan Pottorf Women's golf
Juliana Markovic Women's soccer
Hannah Simard Women's soccer
Josie Duncan Softball
Kayla Ruperto Softball
Camille Pollutro Softball
Todd Ramsier Football
Jace Ruggiero Men's golf
Brent Dillon Men's golf
Brent Fairbanks Track and field
Noah Stubenrauch Cross country/track and field
Vince Vanata Baseball
Colin Nieberding Men's basketball
Yosola Olujide-Ajibade Track and field
Nick Reimund Cross country/track and field
Deijah Swihart Women's soccer
Nathan Williams Wrestling
Isaac McCourt esports
Allie Holmes Track and field
Jake Hall Cross country/track and field
Cassandra Ponzi Cross country/track and field
Joe Renner Men's soccer
Brett Robinson Men's soccer
Rachel Miller Track and field
Chase Williams Men's tennis
Bri Brdicka Women's tennis
Tche Kun Teng Men's tennis
Bri Dancy Volleyball
Natalie Restille Volleyball



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.
  • Disseminate information.
  • 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.

Led by the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Division II schools partner with the Make-A-Wish foundation to raise funds nationwide for the organization.