Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)


The mission of the Keene State College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (KSC SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting athletic, academic, and social opportunities for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; fostering a positive student-athlete image; providing a forum for student-athletes throughout the campus, conference, and NCAA; encouraging the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship, while maintaining the tenants of the NCAA Division III philosophy: DISCOVER, DEVELOP, DEDICATE.

Functions of KSC SAAC
  • Enhance communication between athletics administration and student-athletes
    • Generate a student-athlete voice within KSC, LEC, and NCAA governing bodies
    • Provide student-athlete feedback and insight into departmental initiatives
    • Solicit student-athlete response to proposed LEC and NCAA legislation
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image within the campus and surrounding community
    • Create a vehicle for student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees
    • Organize and publicize collective/individual team community service efforts
  • Build a sense of community within the KSC Athletics program involving all intercollegiate teams
    • Invite two representatives/intercollegiate team to serve as SAAC members at meetings scheduled throughout the academic year
    • Develop true student-athlete leaders through SAAC programming opportunities
    •  Involve all teams in campus activities, events, and educational programs

Current SAAC Events

  • K-1 Youth Basketball Partnership with Keene Parks and Recreation Department, January 6th-February 10th - read more here
  • DIII Week: Athletes vs. Greeks, April 4th
  • Owls for Owls - Keene State teams supporting other Keene State teams, Ongoing
Executive Structure of KSC SAAC

Advisor - Carrah Fisk Hennessey '99, Head Coach - Softball
  • provide leadership through mentoring in College/LEC/NCAA policies, procedures,  development, and educational opportunities
  • coordinate SAAC communication, including requests  from  KSC Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator, Faculty Athletic Representative, and Sports Information offices
  • assist with scheduling meeting dates/times/spaces and disseminating information
President - Samantha Sullivan, Women's Lacrosse
  • designates agenda items and facilitates meetings
  • delegates tasks to board members and SAAC constituents
Co-Vice Presidents - Charles Malloy, Men's Lacrosse, Tristam Patoine, Men's Cross Country, and Taylor Farland, Women's Soccer and Lacrosse
  • assists president in SAAC duties, including meeting facilitation in president’s absence
  • coordinates and assists board members and SAAC constituents when planning and marketing events
Secretary - Shae Crosby, Softball
  • communicates meeting minutes to all SAAC members, including SAAC Advisor
  • collects and distributes information/images through social media avenues
Treasurer - Magaret Dean, Women's Swimming & Diving
  • handles all financial responsibilities of SAAC group through fundraising and/or budgetary means
  • provides comprehensive annual reports, including expense proposals and justification, reimbursement forms as necessary
LEC Representatives
  • serve as member of the Little East Conference SAAC, attending annual meetings
  • provide KSC SAAC voice at the conference level; sharing LEC SAAC voice with KSC SAAC
  • fulfill responsibilities as designated by conference office