URI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

The URI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) provides a forum for leadership, communication, event planning, and community service for Rhode Island's student-athletes.

As a URI Student Senate Recognized Group, URI SAAC functions to:

  • Promote communication between student-athletes and athletics administration.
  • Disseminate information.
  • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
  • Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department formulation of policies.
  • Build a sense of community within athletics, involving all teams through SAAC events and programming
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
  • Organize community service efforts.


President: Abbey Miklitsch (Rowing)
Co-Vice President: James Bloom (Men's Track & Field)
Co-Vice President: Caitlin Haggan (Swimming & Diving)
Secretary: Layne Self (Volleyball)
Treasurer: Mike MaClean (Men's Track & Field)
Media Rep: Ellie Bailes (Women's Soccer)

At-Large Members:
Lou Distasio (Baseball)
John Greenhalgh (Football)
Andrew Kestenbaum (Football)
Jenna Kirchoff (Swimming & Diving)
Jordan Rucks (Tennis)
Shelby Stang (Swimming & Diving)