Saint Michael's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

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2014-15 | 2015-16 | 2016-17

What is SAAC?
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a student-led group consisting of members from each of our 21 varsity sports, including an executive board. Saint Michael’s SAAC has four main focuses, including: NCAA Legislation, Community Service, Campus Engagement and Leadership. Through each of these four themes, SAAC has a commitment to both the Saint Michael’s and surrounding communities, but also to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The group meets monthly and discusses the student-athlete experience, NCAA legislative proposals, and also plans and implements fundraisers and activities for the campus and local community. Saint Michael’s SAAC is committed to enhancing the student-athlete experience through the voice of student-athletes as well as using this platform to engage the local and campus communities.

Our SAAC Division II Mission Statement
To enhance the overall student-athlete experience by giving opportunities to student-athletes, protecting student-athlete welfare, and creating and fostering a united and positive student-athlete image.

Division II SAAC Guiding Principles
The Division II SAAC will be guided by the following principles: ethics, integrity, fairness and respect for diversity, which shall include attention to gender, race, ethnicity and sport.

Governing Rule
We, as the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, will ultimately hold one another accountable for all actions, particularly those actions taking place during the SAAC meetings.

Social Media
The SMC SAAC is on Facebook and Twitter. "Like" and follow us to see what we're up to.

2017-18 SMC SAAC Executive Board 

Amanda Donahoe, Senior, President

Major: Psychology
Sport: Women's Ice Hockey

Leah Seften, Senior, Co-Vice President

Majors: Neuroscience and Psychology
Sport: Women's Cross Country

Joining the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was an opportunity for me to meet other athletes, get more involved on our campus, and volunteer in the Vermont community. It has been inspiring to work alongside the other SAAC members this past year. Whether it be through Special Olympics, Woodside, Make-A-Wish Vermont or Hope Happens Here, our athletes are passionate about serving our community and supporting the student-athletes at Saint Mike's. The committee is always open to new ideas and strives to make the greatest impact possible. I have been grateful for the experience to have been a part of SAAC this past year and look forward to another year of service, friendship, and leadership with the committee. 


William Santangeli, Sophomore, Co-Vice President

Major: Political Science
Sport: Men's Ice Hockey

Jenna Deschaine, Senior, Secretary

Major: Biology
Sport: Field Hockey


Elizabeth Doherty, Junior, Social Media and Media Relations Co-Coordinator

Major: Business Administration
Sport: Women's Swimming & Diving

I chose to be a part of SAAC because I enjoy being a part of the community of athletes on campus, and being able to affect change through SAAC has been an amazing experience. Being able to give a voice to this community of athletes is an amazing opportunity, and especially now being on the E-Board, I understand fully the positive impact we can have on the entirety of campus and the surrounding communities.


Dan Fortier, First-Year, Social Media and Media Relations Co-Coordinator

Majors: Business and Math
Sport: Men's Swimming & Diving

Lance Reynolds, Junior, Social Media and Media Relations Co-Coordinator (Studying Abroad, Spring 2018)

Major: Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts
Sport: Men's Cross Country

Being an active part of SAAC is such a rewarding experience because it lets me have the opportunity to represent one of the most unique aspects of the St. Mike's community. Student-athletes here really define student-athlete to its fullest, as we not only put time and effort into our sports, but we also excel in the classroom. To go along with those responsibilities, we also think about the greater good of the community. With SAAC, we are given an outlet to voice our thoughts on how we can share our passion of serving the community within the community. Through Special Olympics, Woodside, Make-A-Wish and Hope Happens Here, it is clear that we are passionate of touching the hearts of those around us.

Nick Dorcean '17, Alex Mendez '21, Paul Prue '21
Men’s Basketball
Eli DiGrande '20, Jordan Guzman '20, Stephen Laffin '20
Women’s Basketball
Maddy Bennett '18, Emily Ferreri '19
Men’s Cross Country
Lance Reynolds '19, Mike DeAngelo '21
Women’s Cross Country
Leah Seften '18, Emily Kopacz '19, Kristen Stec '19
Field Hockey
Jenna Deschaine '18, Katie Leonard '19, Maddy Dobecki '19
Men's Golf
Tucker Buteau '19, David Boardman '19
Men’s Ice Hockey
Patrick Doherty '19, John Barry '20, William Santangeli '20
Women’s Ice Hockey
Amanda Donahoe '18, Christiana Akiki '19, Brenna Galvin '19
Men’s Lacrosse
Matt Cotter '19, Hunter Goodwin '19, Will Moriarty '20
Women’s Lacrosse
Annie Martin '19, Katrina Pietz '20
Alpine Skiing
Meggane Grand '18, Guillaume Grand '19, Tristan McInnis '19, Anna Willassen '20
Nordic Skiing
Emma Barnes '18, Micaela Flagg '18, Ethan Brookner '20
Men’s Soccer
Daniel du Feu '18, Peter Kendall '18, Gavin Mahoney '19
Women’s Soccer
Nicole DeOrsey '18, Andie Devaney '18, Emily Durette '19
Chandler Wilder '18, Anna Meusel '19, Aleksandra Apkarian '20
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Seamus Butler '19, Dan Fortier '21
Women’s Swimming & Diving
Elizabeth Doherty '19, Megan Reid '20
Men’s Tennis
Dan Foley '19, Matt Mosher '20
Women’s Tennis
Amelia Weeks '18, Anna Schneider '20, Caroline Sumner '20
Women's Volleyball
Sarah Rodgers '19, Molly Clarke '21
Student Association
William Santangeli '20