Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)






SoCon SAAC Mission Statement

The mission of the Southern Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being, and fostering positive student-athlete image.

Purpose of SoCon SAAC

The purpose of the organization shall be to protect, foster, and improve the student-athlete well-being by establishing a foundation for developing the SoCon SAAC into a solid organization, while utilizing each other's resources and providing guidance to strengthen SAAC's 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. promote a positive image of student-athletes and address issues and problems,
  4. create opportunities for unity, change, and rewards, and
  5. foster communication among all schools in the conference.

SAAC Organizational Structure

National SAAC

The Southern Conference participates in the NCAA Division-I national SAAC, which consists of one student-athlete from each of the 31 Division-I conferences. Members are selected by the Division-I Management Council from a pool of three nominees from each of the represented conferences. Each student-athlete serves a two-year term. These conference representatives offer input and assist in shaping the proposed legislation for Division-I athletics. The SoCon SAAC representative to the national NCAA SAAC for 2010-12 is Western Carolina's Chris Everett.

Click here to go to the NCAA Division 1 National SAAC Webpage


The SoCon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee consists of at least one student-athlete representative from each member institution and a liaison from the Directors' of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrators' and Faculty Athletic Representatives' Committees.

Jenny Lauer, a woman's soccer player at Western Carolina University, is currently in her first year as our SoCon SAAC Representative.  Click here to view Jenny's SAAC address.

Institution SAACs

Each SoCon member institution has its own SAAC, comprised of at least one representative from each SoCon-sponsored team. This committee functions in the following ways:

  • 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's formation of athletic policies
  • Build a sense of community among all athletic programs and teams
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to conference and NCAA legislation
  • Organize community service efforts
  • Provide student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees
  • Promote a positive image of student-athletes throughout each campus

To learn more about individual campus SAAC leaders, visit our Members page or check out each schools SAAC webpage.








Appalachian State Mountaineers

The Citadel Bulldogs

Davidson Wildcats

Elon Phoenix

Furman Paladins

Georgia Southern Eagles

UNCG Spartans

Samford Bulldogs

UTC Mocs

Western Carolina Catamounts

Wofford Terriers


Jenny talks to YOU!

DI STUDENT-ATHLETES: Check out the official page for Division 1 SAAC at:! Navigate through the page and gain a better understanding of what SAAC can do for you and how to make your campus SAAC more efficient. Also, join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter to receive constant SAAC news from campus SAACs nation wide and see what others are doing with their SAACs!  Be sure to help your campus SAAC with the fall legislation that is out for discussion now. OUR VOICE COUNTS!







SAAC Athletes Year Round

  • The Citadel's Danielle McKee was named the women's cross country runner of the week for the week of October 2. McKee is very active in The Citadel's SAAC and was a 2013 SALI particiapnt. Click here to view the press release.
  • Danielle McKee was named the women's cross country runner of the week for the week of October 16. She is the first Citadel runner to win the runner of the week award twice in the same season. Click here to view the press release.
  • Danielle McKee was named the women's cross country runner of the month for October. She is the first Citadel runner to receive this honor in school history. Click here to view the press release.
  • Georgia Southern's Anna Claire Knight was named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for Dec. 18. Knight was a 2013 SALI participant. Click here to view the press release.
  • Georgia Southern’s Anna Claire Knight was named the Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 7. Click here to view the press release.
  • The Citadel's Jamaal Brantley was named the Southern Conference Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the week for the week of Jan. 29. Click here to view the press release.







Keeping Tabs on Kids

This program was created in an effort to unite the Southern Conference SAACs in a joint project. Each school's SAAC collects pop tabs of various types throughout the year and delivers them to SoCon staff at each championship to be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities. With Ronald McDonald houses in all four states, each school will get to enjoy the effort put forth during the year.



Standings as of 4/25/2013

1. Wofford- 202.43 lbs or 349,191 tabs

2. Western Carolina- 108.17 lbs or 186,593 tabs

  3. UNCG - 36.99 lbs. or 63,807.75 tabs

4. Samford - 36.47 lbs. or 62,910 tabs

5.  Elon- 28.67 lbs or 49,455 tabs

6. Georgia Southern 26.16 lbs or 45,126 tabs

7. College of Charleston- 3.08 lbs or 5,313 tabs

8. Appalachian State

9. The Citadel

10. Davidson

11. Furman

12. Chattanooga

About Ronald McDonald House Charities



Other "SAAC STUFF" going on

  • Davidson Athletics Participates in Toys for Tots Drive

    DAVIDSON, N.C. — Once again this holiday season, the Davidson Wildcats' Student-Athlete Advisory Council is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, collecting toys at the women's and men's basketball games against Wofford & Johnson & Wales this Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.

    Anyone who brings a toy or makes a donation of at least $5.00, will receive a voucher for a ticket to a future women's and men's basketball game. Student Athletes will be in front of the Baker Sports Complex to collect the toys.

    The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

    Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Since beginning the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in 1947, Marines have distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leader in looking after less fortunate children at Christmas. Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 469 million toys to over 216 million less fortunate children; plus provided promotion and support materials valued at over $8.5 million.


  • Samford SAAC Visits Charlie Brown Elementary School

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An estimated 40-50 Samford student-athletes visited Charles Brown Elementary School in Birmingham for a Christmas party Friday afternoon.
    The student-athletes spent time with the estimated 300 to 400 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade at Charles Brown. The athletes worked with the kids at different stations, including crafts, reading and an athletic station that included a slide.
    In addition to getting to meet and spend time with the Samford student-athletes, the kids were visited by Santa and an elf. The students also were given cookies at the event.



Student-Athlete Leadership Institute (SALI)

Now entering its 18th year, SALI is perhaps the most unique educational forum involving student-athletes in the country. Student-athletes from all 11 SoCon schools, who are actively involved in their own campus SAAC, come together for three days in the summer for an influential learning experience. The philosophy of the institute and the Southern Conference SAAC is to promote the welfare of student-athletes within the conference through mutual interaction and discussion; to educate the participants on topics of interest to student-athletes; to help the participants develop leadership and team mentoring skills;  to provide a forum for the development of campus SAACs for the purpose of improving communication between administrators and student-athletes; and to give student-athletes on SoCon campuses input into the administration of Conference championships and activities. 

2013 SALI Photo Gallery