The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is pleased to announce that Johnson State College sophomore women's tennis student-athlete Nicole Monick (Bennington, Vt.) has been appointed as a NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative.
The Division III SAAC consists of one student-athlete representative from each pair of conferences represented in the Division III SAAC partnership program and at least one student-athlete from a Division III independent institution. Monick will serve as a representative for the NAC and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
"We are very excited that the NAC will have Nicole representing our membership and the NEAC membership for the next three years,” said NAC Commissioner Julie Muller. “The NAC was fortunate to have NEAC student-athlete Connor Passalacqua provide guidance to our member student-athletes the previous three years as the national representative. We are very grateful for Connor's passion and leadership and we look forward to having Nicole serve in this capacity, while attaining a closer connection to the National SAAC. Nicole will have an opportunity to grow and experience collegiate athletics from the national governance perspective, and we wish her well on this new exciting journey.”
Monick's term begins at the close of the January 2016 NCAA Convention, and will continue through the close of the January 2019 NCAA Convention. She replaces Connor Passalacqua of State University of New York Polytechnic Institute whose term on the national committee will expire in January 2016.
"I am so excited to be taking on this roll and representing the NAC and NEAC on a national level," said Monick. "I want to use this opportunity to bring innovative ideas to the table and also to represent Johnson. All of DIII SAAC has a great chance to speak on behalf of our peers and make a difference."
Monick will be one of 24 NCAA Division III student-athletes (12 male, 12 female) serving on the national committee. SAAC provides insight on the student-athlete experience and offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.
"Nicole is an energetic and enthusiastic voice for our JSC student athletes and will be a positive force for all student athletes as the NAC SAAC student representative," stated Johnson Head Women's Tennis Coach Michele Whitmore. "I am incredibly proud of Nicole's student-athlete and leadership development over the past two years. She has all the crucial components to serve well in this role."
The aim of the NCAA SAAC is to provide opportunity for and protect the wellbeing of NCAA student-athletes as well as promote a positive student-athlete self-image. Service on the DIII SAAC involves attending three in-person meetings a year (July, November and January), as well as participating on a number of conference calls throughout the year. The January meeting is held in conjunction with the NCAA National Convention, giving the SAAC an opportunity to interact directly with college athletics leaders.
--Courtesy of Johnson State Sports Information