Arkansas State Athletics announces 2013-14 SAAC Officers

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has announced its officers for the 2013-14 academic year in voting conducted among SAAC members.

Junior Katie Hosea of women's soccer was selected to serve as the president.  Rexi Parcells, a junior on the women's cross country and track & field teams was appointed as the committee's vice president and senior Kelsey Sullivan of women's volleyball will serve as secretary.

"I'm excited about working with this group of Arkansas State student-athletes," said A-State Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Amy Holt.  "They all have great ideas and are very excited about being a part of SAAC.  The newly-elected officers are eager to continue enhancing the collegiate experience for all A-State student-athletes."

The A-State SAAC has set several goals and objectives to achieve for this academic year such as increasing its involvement within the community and working with local schools to assist with tutoring, mentoring, and reading to students.  Two primary events, one in the fall and spring, are tentatively scheduled with details to be released in the future.

Hosea, a defender on the A-State women's soccer team, has started every game for the Red Wolves thus far during the 2013 season. As a sophomore, she played in all 20 of A-State's matches and recorded an assist on the game-winning goal against UAPB.  Hosea also helped anchor a defensive back line that recorded seven shutouts in 2012, the most in school history.  A native of McKinney, Texas, Hosea had made the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's Academic Award accolades both as a freshman and sophomore for having at least a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Parcells, who hails from Plano, Texas, has been A-State's second-best finisher in the Red Wolves' two meets to date this fall.  She registered a personal season-best 18:10.10 time in the season-opening 5K Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic to claim eighth-place honors.  Last season, she finished eighth at the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championships with an 18:24.40 time in helping the Red Wolves to a program-best second-place showing.  Parcells earned 2012-13 SBC Commissioner's Academic Award recognition.

Sullivan is currently leading the 2013 Red Wolves in blocks with 37 total on the year for a .93 blocks per set average at her middle blocker position.  She is also second on the team in kills with 97 and leads A-State with a .310 hitting percentage.  Last season, the Lenexa, Kan. native was third on the team in total kills (238) and second in kills per set (2.80).  Her best performance of her career came against UALR in the 2012 Sun Belt Conference tournament where she recorded a career-high 21 kills on a .541 attacking percentage.  Sullivan was named to the SBC Commissioner's Academic Award list for the 2012-13 season.

The NCAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's primary goal is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athleteimage.
To achieve these worthwhile pursuits, A-State's own SAAC is comprised of a body of representatives from each varsity team and an athletic department administrator.
To this end, members of SAAC are looked to for leadership on a variety of issues.  SAAC members head up community service projects, committees in Athletics and on campus, and discussion groups on student-athlete welfare. Furthermore, one SAAC member represents all Arkansas State student-athletes at Sun Belt Conference SAAC meetings while another is nominated to represent A-State at the annual NCAALeadership Conference.