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Life Skills & Student-Athlete Advisory Council


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The mission of the Life Skills program is to inspire student-athletes to continue their pursuit of excellence when the crowd stops cheering.  The NCAA has developed the Life Skills Program. The program focuses on five commitments that each selected institution’s program is contributing to the growth and development of student-athletes:

Academic Excellence

Athletic Excellence

Personal Development

Community Service

Career Development

The Mississippi State University Athletic Department maintains a strong commitment to the development of all student-athletes and encourages personal, academic, and athletic growth.   


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SAAC Mission Statement: 
“The mission of the Mississippi State University Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is to enhance the entire student-athlete experience by fostering a positive image, providing equal opportunity, as well as protection of the athlete.  Furthermore, the council will strengthen communication between the student athletes, the entire athletic department, and the university as a whole.” 

- Promote communication between athletic administration and student-athletes
- Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletic department’s formulation of policies
- Build a sense of community within the athletic department involving all athletic teams
- Solicit student-athlete response to proposed conference and NCAA legislation
- Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus and in the community

- Each sport selects one representative (except for football and track) to be present at the SAAC meetings
- Executive Board is composed of student-athletes who are chosen by SAAC representatives (President and Vice President)

Athletic Director – Scott Stricklin
Advisor – Ann Carr – Sr. Associate Athletic Director/SWA
Faculty Athletic Representative – Dr. Steve Turner
Compliance Director – Bracky Brett

2015-16 Mississippi State SAAC Roster Members


Taveze Calhoun

Nick Fitzgerald

Gerri Green

Gabe Myles

Ryan Gridley

Brent Rooker

Aric Holman
Men's Basketball

Xavian Stapleton
Men's Basketball

 Breanna Richardson
Women's Basketball

 Blair Schaefer
Women's Basketball

Ross Bell
Men's Golf

Jacob Ross
Men's Golf

Blaise Carabello
Women's Golf

Elsa Moberly
Women's Golf

Mallory Eubanks

Shelby Jordan


Katie Anne Bailey

Loryn Nichols

Mate Cutura
Men's Tennis

Vaughn Hunter
Men's Tennis

Madison Harrison
Women's Tennis

Louise Ronaldson
Women's Tennis

Andrew Monaghan
Men's Track & Field

Patrick Monaghan
Men's Track & Field

Charles Taylor
Men's Track & Field

Cornelia Griesche
Women's Track & Field

Mia Meydrich
Women's Track & Field

Chelsea Duhs

Payton Harris


Meeting Dates (each held at 7 p.m.):


2015-16 Dates

September 1
September 29
November 3
December 1
January 12
February 2
March 1
April 5

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