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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

What is SAAC?
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 on NCAA member institution campuses. SAAC members serve as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators in an effort to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and education through sports participation.

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.

Mission Statement and Purpose:

  • Promote effective communication between the Virginia Tech Athletics Department Administration and student-athlete population.
  • To provide Virginia Tech student-athletes with opportunities that foster personal growth, leadership development and team building.
  • To create, plan and implement outreach initiatives on campus and within the surrounding community.
  • To increase the level of communication and camaraderie among teams in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.

SAAC Bylaws

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  1. At all times, SAAC members must keep their teams educated about relevant issues discussed during SAAC Meetings.
  2. Must act as leaders and liaisons within their teams.
  3. Must adhere to deadlines when submitting and responding to all forms of correspondence from staff and other SAAC members.
  4. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will elect new officers to fill any vacant position if the elected officer is unable to carry out his/her obligation. The only exception applies to the office of the president, in which case the vice president will assume the responsibility. Additionally, the President may appoint an interim secretary who will be responsible for filling the spot of the secretary is not present at a meeting.
  5. Meetings will be scheduled twice a month. Exception will be the month of December and January.
  6. Attendance is mandatory, if an absence is necessary, the Secretary must be notified.


PRESIDENT - Carol Kahoun
Women's Tennis

VICE PRESIDENT - Courtney Dobbs
Women's Cross Country and Track & Field

SECRETARY - Jared Allison
Men's Track & Field


Athletic TrainingMichael CosgroveJennifer Samuels
BaseballAndrew McDonald
Basketball (M)Adam SmithWill Johnston
Basketball (W)Lauren EvansHannah Young
Cross Country (M)Darren BarlowRyan Kuhns
Cross Country (W)Courtney DobbsLauren Jaeger
FootballT.J. ShawRonny Vandyke
LacrosseKelly NaslonskiBecca NilesRachel Skay
Golf (M)Bryce ChalkleyMiles Curley
Soccer (M)David ClemensDrew RanahanMike Wilke
Soccer (W)Taylor AntolinoKatie DeTuroAshley Manning
SoftballKat BanksKylie McGoldrickMaggie Tyler
Swimming & Diving (M)Morgan LatimerJohn Trope
Swimming & Diving (W)Jayme KatisRachel Sepanski
Tennis (M)Hunter KoontzNic Wilson
Tennis (W)Carol KahounKelly Williford
Track & Field (M)Jared AllisonGeorge CarterGarrett Smith
Track & Field (W)Yeni Aromolaron
VolleyballMegan BeckwithJordan Fish
WrestlingDevin CarterAustin GableBrooks Morrison

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