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Student-Athlete Advisory Commitee (SAAC)

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is the liaison between the NCAA and student-athletes, charged with communicating pertinent news to student-athletes, and being a medium for student-athletes to voice their needs and concerns to the administration and/or the WCC and NCAA. We believe that being involved in the community is the best way to build relationships with local residents and demonstrating that Pepperdine athletes are committed to competing with purpose. SAAC welcomes local schools and organizations to contact us if they would like student athletes to come to an event or be involved with an event.

Comprised of two or three representatives from each team, SAAC facilitates opportunities for all athletes to serve in the community, promote sportsmanship and create events that enhance the student-athlete experience. Service in the past year has included having an All-Athletics Service day with almost all athletes volunteering together at The Children's Hunger Fund packing food, serving the homeless in Malibu at SOS ministries, spending time with Special Needs young adults, going into South-Central LA to play with children at the Al Wooten Center and coaching at nearby sports clinics. SAAC hosted a resume workshop with counselors from the career center and will be hosting an Alumni Connections Night later this fall to provide career support for athletes. Each of the past few years, SAAC has planned Mr. All American and the Athlete Formal as celebratory events at the end of the year.

2015-16 Executive Board

James Gehrels, Volleyball


Year: Junior

Major: Sport Administration

Nicolette  Barreiro

Nicolette Barreiro, Swimming


Year: Senior

Major: Business Administration

Amanda  Rowe

Amanda Rowe, Swimming

Co-Vice President

Year: Senior

Major: Nutritional Science

Bri  Visalli

Bri Visalli, Soccer

Co-Vice President

Year: Sophomore

Major: Economics

Kevin  Maeda Kevin Maeda, Cross Country

Co-Vice President

Year: Sophomore

Major: Chemistry


Student-athletes receive an unprecedented amount of support from event staff and the community. Pepperdine student-athletes seek to use their time and talents to give back to the community, embodying the Pepperdine motto, "Freely ye received, freely give." SAAC organizes and presents convenient opportunities amidst student-athletes' busy schedules to volunteer in local and worldwide organizations.

For more information on Waves in the Community, click here.


SAAC strives to lead our fellow athletes for promoting sportsmanship, whether that is through "Welcome" signs in opponent locker rooms or integrity in how we play. Ultimately, SAAC recognizes that winning does not precede character -- that each student-athlete represents more than just oneself, but one's family, team, university, and conference.

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