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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

The mission of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect the student-athlete experience. The committee is comprised of two current Auburn student-athletes from the 19 sports on campus. The committee provides student-athletes with a voice to the administration, conference office, and the NCAA. SAAC Executive Officers and Representatives meet once a month and all student-athlete are welcome to attend.

SAAC Objectives

  • Discuss and address the concerns of student-athletes
  • Promote effective communication with the Auburn University Athletics Department Administration, coaches, staff, student-athletes and campus personnel
  • Provide input on NCAA, SEC, and Auburn University policies
  • Inform students on changes that affect the athletics program & student-athlete welfare
  • Coordinate, implement and promote community service projects for all varsity teams
  • Exhibit and encourage a cohesive student-athlete community
  • Promote leadership development and opportunities
  • Work in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Enhancement Program
  • Assist with the planning and production of the annual AUSPY's Award Show

Courtney Shea
Co-Publicity Coordinator

Courtney Shea

What made you want to come to Auburn?
I grew up in an Auburn family and knew this is where I always wanted to go to school. I lucked out when I was being recruited that I liked the coaches and it was a good fit for me.

What have you enjoyed the most about SAAC
I have really enjoyed getting to know and work with other people in the athletics department. I am not in a lot of classes with athletes so it is fun when we get together and get to talk about events going on around us and how we can improve the experiences of others around us.

What's something you want the Auburn family to know about you?
I am a senior and I want the Auburn family to know that I have really appreciated everything they have done for me over my time here. I have really enjoyed my time here and I think that's all I could've ever asked for.

What is your life motto?
I think my life motto is "Just Keep Swinging." I kind of stole it from Hank Aaron, but I think it holds true in all aspects of life, not just baseball or softball. There are always going to be hard times, or times where we feel like you're in a slump, but you just have to keep swinging and eventually you're going to get the good hit that puts you on a hot streak.

What legacy would you like to leave?
I think the legacy I would like to leave would have to be the understanding of hard work and honesty. When people think about me, I want them to say that I worked hard and I was someone that would always be honest with them.

What is your favorite Auburn Tradition?
My favorite Auburn Tradition has always been when the eagle flies before every home football game. I have loved it since I was four and will love it until I go to my last Auburn game.

What are some things you enjoyed the most while here at Auburn?
I have mostly enjoyed the relationships I have made with my teammates and classmates. I think I will leave Auburn with a lot of memories and a lot of people I will still be in contact with forty years down the road.

What is your career pursuit?
I want to pursue a career in journalism. I have always enjoyed writing and if I could somehow work photography into that as well, that would be my dream job.

What advice would you give a freshmen student-athlete to be successful?
The biggest advice I would give to a freshmen student-athlete would be to work hard. There is so much that can be said about somebody that works are and cares about what they are doing. The other thing that I would say would be always be someone you want the little kids coming to your games to look up to. There are so many people that want to be in our shoes whether we are winning or losing and we don't need to take that for granted.

Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle
Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Assistant Secretary

Caitlin Boyle

What made you want to come to auburn?
Everyone is so welcoming on Auburn's campus that it really just felt like home for me. We have phenomenal coaches for the equestrian team and they played a huge part in my decision to come to Auburn.

What have you enjoyed most about SAAC?
I have enjoyed getting to know many other athletes and being involved within athletics at our school.

What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
My favorite tradition is rolling Toomers Corner after a win.

What are some things you enjoyed the most while here at Auburn?
I have to say winning our national championship my freshmen year has been the highlight of my time at auburn.

What is your career pursuit?
After college, I plan on continuing my equestrian career by becoming a professional.

What advice would you give a freshman student-athlete to be successful?
I think a huge part of being a successful student-athlete is having good time management skills. A lot can be given to you between classes and your sport and it is important that you can find a good balance between the two.

SAAC Executive Committee 2017-2018

Grant Schnek
President: Grant Schnek
Swimming & Diving
Samantha Cerio
Vice-President: Samantha Cerio
Katie Brooks Boone
Secretary: Katie Brooks Boone
Track & Field
Caitlin Boyle
Asst. Secretary: Caitlin Boyle
Victoria Draper
Treasure: Victoria Draper
Courtney Shea
Co-Publicity Coord.: Courtney Shea
Mitchell Gomez
Co-Publicity Coord.: Mitchell Gomez
Men's Track & Field
Cara Stricklin
Co-Comm. Serv. Coord: Cara Stricklin
Bria Johnson
Co-Comm. Serv. Coord: Bria Johnson
Women's Basketball

Advisor: Janice Robinson
Athletic Admin.

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