Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a leadership group consisting of student-athletes representing all sports at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech SAAC provides insight on the student-athlete experience and offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that effect student-athletes' lives. SAAC members serve as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators in an effort to improve the student-athlete experience.

Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs.


MJ Ulrich, President
Women’s Swimming
Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise, Leadership and Social Change Minor

Mary Claire Byrne
Public Relations, Sports Marketing Minor

Ben Lundgaard
Men’s Soccer
Public Relations, General Business Minor

Jaila Tolbert
International Business, Chinese Studies Minor

SAAC Key Areas of Focus

  • Promote effective communication between the Virginia Tech Athletics Department administration and student-athletes.
  • Serve as the student-athlete voice for NCAA and ACC legislation, as well as institution policies.
  • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department matters.
  • Build a sense of community and camaraderie amongst all student-athletes at Virginia Tech.

SAAC Representative Responsibilities

  1. Representatives will serve as a leader and liaison within their team by educating and soliciting feedback from their team about relevant issues discussed during SAAC meetings.
  2. SAAC meetings will be scheduled regularly throughout the school year and attendance at meetings and events is mandatory. If an absence is necessary, a SAAC faculty advisor and/or an Executive Team member must be notified.
  3. Members are expected to respond accordingly, and in a timely manner, to all correspondence from faculty advisors, Executive Team members, and other SAAC representatives. 
Athletic TrainingWill EllsonMarley Trone
BaseballJoey SullivanTBD
MenÕs BasketballJustin BibbsTy Outlaw
WomenÕs BasketballMichelle BerryRegan Magarity
FootballVinny MihotaGreg Stroman
MenÕs GolfTom CrowIan Hildebrand
WomenÕs GolfAmanda HollandsworthAllison Woodward
LacrosseMary Claire ByrneTristan McGinleyKendall Welch
MenÕs SoccerBen LundgaardGino RossiCollin Verfurth
WomenÕs SoccerHeather TimothyKari Johnston
SoftballMikaela AikenKinsey Johnson
Spirit ProgramsTroy BerginMaddie HovisEmily Santos
MenÕs Swim/DiveHarrison PierceChris OutlawJack Gigliotti
WomenÕs Swim/DiveKelly HenryAdriana GrabskiMJ Ulrich
MenÕs TennisMitchell HarperFreddy Mesmer
WomenÕs TennisSarah BaronSloan Barton
MenÕs Track & Field/Cross CountryJames CarverGreg ChilesPeter Seufer
WomenÕs Track & Field/Cross CountryOlivia PriviteraAmanda SwaakMikayla Richardson
VolleyballAbby McKinzieMandy PowersJaila Tolbert
WrestlingJared HaughtKyle Norstrem

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