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Hillsdale College

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2017-18

Established 2005

Advisor: Nikki Walbright


President: Dugan Delp 

Officers: Taylor Bennett, Allie Dewire, John Ciraci, Madeline Bissett

Team Representatives:

Baseball: Ryan O'Hearn, Colin Hites, Josh Stella
Men's Basketball: Nate Neveau
Men's Cross Country: Nate Jones, Joseph Humes
Football: Scotty Penola, Drew Callahan
Golf: Joel Pietila
Men's Tennis: Dugan Delp, John Ciraci
Men's Track: David Chase, Nathan Pando
Women's Basketball: Maddy Reed, Allie Dewire, Amaka Chikwe, Bree Porter, Jaycie Burger, Clare Mitchell
Women's Cross Country: Andrea Bodary, Allysen Eads
Softball: Jessica Taylor, Haley Lawrence, Katie Kish
Swimming: Tiffany Farris, Bailey Bickerstaff, Taylor Steyer
Women's Tennis: Julia Formentin, Madeline Bissett
Women's Track: Kathryn Bassette, Rebecca Kaiser, Victoria Wichman
Volleyball: Kara Vyletel, Taylor Bennett


Hillsdale College’s SAAC Mission:

The Hillsdale College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s mission is to enhance the student-athlete experience by creating opportunities to give back to a supportive community and reward academic success. SAAC gives athletes a voice in the NCAA. Members represent their teams in fundraising and donating their time to philanthropies while supporting each other. SAAC members promote a positive image for what it means to be a Division II athlete.


Annual Requirements:

  • Have one member of each team represented at every SAAC meeting
  • Provide a “Sport Short” each meeting to update members on each team’s progress and successes
  • Log at least one hour of community service per member
  • Have each team represented at every SAAC event, athletic season permitting

SAAC Celebrates the Fall 2017 Scholar-Athletes 

 Recent Projects: 
  • January 25, 2017: "Miracle Minute" during Men's Charger Basketall vs. Trevecca Nazarene to raise funds for the American Cancer Society as a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer - Suits & Sneakers initiative. 
  • October 21, 2017: "Miracle Minute" at halftime of Charger Football vs. Walsh game raised $373.93 for Make-A-Wish

To find out more information about SAAC, or to join, please contact tennis coach Nikki Walbright by phone at (517) 607-3168, or email