Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
2015-16 SAAC Members, serving as leaders and the voice of all Husker student-athletes.
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
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Nebraska's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was implemented in 1987 to ensure that student-athletes have a voice regarding their total student-athlete experience. SAAC is a recognized student organization at the University of Nebraska and consists of at least one team appointed representative from each of Nebraska's 24 intercollegiate teams. SAAC meets bi-weekly throughout the academic year, communicating directly with Director of Athletics, Shawn Eichorst on various student-athlete welfare issues. SAAC also coordinates a number of events within the athletic department and in the community of Lincoln to promote the importance of education, service and responsible decision making. Nebraska's SAAC has been recognized across the country as one of the most comprehensive, consistent and productive in the country.  Life Skills Coordinator, Jordan Wilson serves as the SAAC advisor.


Mission & Values

SAAC serves as the voice of the student-athletes, developing and displaying LEADERSHIP by:

  • Exhibiting INTEGRITY through all actions.
  • Striving to EMPOWER growth and community within each respective team.
  • Fostering UNITY across the athletic department and student-athlete body.
  • Promoting STUDENT-ATHLETE WELFARE for the betterment of their collegiate experience.



 2015-16 SAAC President

2015-2016 SAAC President, Caroline Flynn

For the 2015-2016 academic year, SAAC will be led by President Caroline Flynn (Soccer), with support from Jacqueline Juffer (Swimming & Diving) as the Vice President. Cody Rush will function as the Big Ten Representative and Lotte Sjulin (Softball) will serve as Secretary.

Pictured left to right: Jacqueline Juffer, Cody Rush, Lotte Sjulin


Appointed SAAC Team Representatives

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee team representatives are determined and appointed by each respective intercollegiate team at Nebraska. In addition to attending bi-weekly meetings, SAAC representatives are responsible for communicating SAAC developments and opportunities to their teammates on an ongoing basis.  Representatives for the 2015-2016 year include:

Baseball - Jake McSteen

Women's Basketball - Esther Ramacieri and Emily Wood

Bowling - Kelly Belzeski and Melanie Crawford

Men's Cross Country - Austin Post

Women's Cross Country - Anna Peer & Kristi Oslund

Football - Trey Foster, Dwayne Johnson, Harrison Jordan and Graham Nabity

Men's Golf - Aaron Wong

Women's Golf - Cassie Deeg and Morgan Smejkal

Men's Gymnastics - Ethan Lottman and Connor Adamsick

Women's Gymnastics - Hollie Blanskeand Jennie Laeng

Rifle - Marissa Major and  Maggie Mical

Soccer - Jaycie Johnson and Alli Peterson

Softball - Gina Metzler, Madi Unzicker and Alicia Armstrong

Swimming and Diving - Alex Bilunas and Katt Sickle

Men's Tennis - Chris Schindler and Ford Zitsch

Women's Tennis - Katerina Matysova and Spurti Shivalingaiah

Men's Track and Field - Levi Gipson and Jake Pinion 

Women's Track and Field - Melanie Blum and Sarah Firestone

Volleyball - Kelly Hunter

Wrestling - Dustin Williams


2015-2016 SAAC Meeting Dates

Mondays at 7 p.m. - Media Cafeteria, Level 6 of West Stadium, unless otherwise indicated

Sunday, August 23rd - SAAC Retreat, 2:00pm, Campus Rec Outdoor Adventures

September 14th

September 28th (6:00 p.m.)

October 12th

October 26th

November 9th

November 23rd

December 7th

Sunday, January 10th - SAAC Retreat, 2:00pm, Memorial Stadium

January 25th

February 9th

February 22nd

March 7th

March 28th

April 11th

April 18th - Officer Elections


SAAC 2014-2015 Year-In-Review

Under the leadership of President Mattie Fowler, the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee enjoyed a productive year making an impact at the institutional, conference and national level. With outstanding support from officers Ian Ousley, Jacqueline Juffer, Alex Bilunas and Lotte Sjulin. The 2014-15 year kicked off with a retreat featuring inspirational speaker Mike Smith of Lincoln. Smith challenged SAAC to further develop leadership skills and to continue making an impact by serving the community of Lincoln. SAAC also enjoyed a strong connection with members of the Athletic Department Senior Management Team (SMT).  Each SMT member attended two SAAC meetings throughout the year providing updates while gaining student-athlete perspective on a regular basis. SAAC officers also met periodically with Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst and SMT members for luncheons throughout the academic year discussing student-athlete welfare issues, legislation, national trends and hot topics. Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst also addressed the SAAC group in person providing following-up to an annual feedback shared by the entire student-athlete population. SAAC leadership also met periodically with Faculty Athletics Representative Jo Potuto to discuss NCAA Autonomy as well as student-athlete representation at the national level. SAAC also worked with Potuto on the completion of a Big Ten Time Demands survey. SAAC continues to have representation on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee ensuring regular communication and updates with faculty advocates. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee supported numerous community initiatives highlighted by participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive and Soles 4 Souls Shoe Drive as well as holiday outreach. All team representatives for SAAC participated in subcommittees including campus integration, team interaction, technology and community outreach.


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