Indianapolis, Ind. — Alma College men's soccer junior Hunter Nash has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Nash's term will begin on Jan. 17, 2021 and run through Jan. 31, 2023.
Nash will be representing the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) on the committee, as it is made up of a collection of units that consists of two partnered conferences, as well as independent institutions.
MIAA Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook said she is proud to have Nash be the voice of every student-athlete across the conference.
"The MIAA is excited to have Hunter step in as the league's national SAAC representative," Allen-Cook said. "This is an incredible opportunity for any student-athlete that has the honor to serve at the national level. Hunter is very active in SAAC at his campus and I know he will represent the MIAA well."
A Haslett native who has appeared in 26 games while starting 23 of them through his first two seasons with the Scots, Nash said he is looking forward to representing his school and region on a national level.
"Being appointed to National SAAC is extremely rewarding because I now have the ability to voice my opinion as well as my peers' to make a difference on a bigger scale," Nash said.
The Scots' captain has also been a member of Alma's SAAC for the past two years, while also serving on the e-board this year as social media coordinator. This past semester, Nash was a major part of launching the Alma Scots interview series, "Inside Scots Sports," as host and producer.
Kiana Verdugo, Alma College's Assistant Athletics Director for Operations and Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator, knows from her own experience of serving on the National SAAC Committee that it will be a fulfilling role for Nash.
"I am excited and proud that Hunter was selected to serve on the Division III National SAAC," Verdugo said. "It is a privilege to serve on a national committee and I know that Hunter will do an excellent job representing the student-athletes of the MIAA because of the leadership he has shown on our campus."
Nash's duties will include representing the Division III student-athlete voice in the Division III governance structure by reviewing legislation; identifying significant student-athlete issues; implementing national student-athlete based initiatives; encouraging community outreach; and enhancing Division III student-athlete involvement in and understanding of Division III in general.
The National SAAC is also the committee that is primarily responsible for maintaining and coordinating the division's nationwide partnership with Special Olympics. The committee meets in-person four times each year in January, April, July and November. It also conducts teleconferences as needed.
For more information, visit ncaa.org/governance/committees/division-iii-student-athlete-advisory-committee.