MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University field hockey sophomore Kate Pigsley (E. Kingston, N.H.) was recently chosen to serve a three-year term on the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Pigsley, who is in her second year on the SNHU SAAC and in her first year as the University's Female Liaison, will now also join Female Co-Chair Marisa McLaughlin (New Milford, Conn.; women's lacrosse) and member Chaney Nash-Gibney (So. Burlington, Vt.; men's soccer) on the Northeast-10 SAAC.
In her role as a member of the National SAAC, Pigsley will be attending meetings across the country with other NCAA SAAC representatives, in places such as Indianapolis, Ind., Orlando, Fla.; and Anaheim, Calif. She is the first National SAAC representative from SNHU since Samantha Whittier (2012-15).
The Division II SAAC consists of one student-athlete representative from each of the Division II multi-sport voting conferences, one student-athlete representative of Division II independent institutions, and two student-athlete at-large positions.
The Division II SAAC affects the legislative process via an annual summit held each July with the Division II Management Council, during which members of the SAAC have an opportunity to interact with members of the Management Council on proposed NCAA legislation and current Division II issues. Also, committee members participate in the NCAA Convention each January where they express the student-athlete voice on collective concerns regarding proposed Division II legislation.
Division II national SAAC members actively take the lead in addressing issues facing Division II student-athletes such as the development of campus and conference SAACs, Title IX education, faculty/student-athlete relations and championships enhancements.
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