PROVIDENCE, R.I. - USF baseball sophomore Alex Mendez has recently accepted a position to serve as the BIG EAST liaison for the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
"We are very excited to have Alex serve as our national SAAC representative," said BIG EAST Assistant Commissioner for Compliance Jennifer Condaras. "With his experience and leadership, we know he will represent our league well."
Mendez is a Bio Medical Science major in the pursuit of attending medical school. He is the SAAC president at USF and carries a 3.88 cumulative grade-point average, the highest on the team. Mendez was selected in the 38th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft prior to deciding to attend USF. In his freshman year with the Bulls, Mendez started 22 games while appearing in 44 and helped USF to a 26-32 record including 16-11 in BIG EAST play. He hit .283 with one home run and 14 RBI. This season, the sophomore has played in 35 games, making 22 starts and hitting .264 with nine RBI.
Mission Statement of the National SAACs
"The mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
History of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
An Association-wide SAAC was adopted at the 1989 NCAA Convention and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athlete welfare.
The initial national committee was comprised of student-athletes from all membership divisions for the purpose of ensuring that the student-athlete voice was one that accounted for the myriad of educational and athletic experiences of both female and male student-athletes at all NCAA member institutions. In August 1997, the NCAA federated along divisional lines. The federation caused the SAAC to expand to three SAACs representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III.
Each national divisional committee is comprised of both female and male student-athletes charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA governance structure. This is accomplished by providing student-athlete input on issues related to student-athlete welfare that are division-specific.