STAC's Nicholson Appointed to Division II National SAAC

STAC's Nicholson Appointed to Division II National SAAC

Central Islip, N.Y. - By approval of the NCAA Division II Management Council, Jack Nicholson of St. Thomas Aquinas College has been appointed as the newest East Coast Conference representative to the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).  Jack, a sophomore goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team at STAC, is from Southampton, England and is majoring in Sport Management.  

Jack is the first Spartan student-athlete ever selected to this important position, replacing Peter Vath of Molloy College. In addition to his duties with the national SAAC, he will serve as the Chair of the conference-wide SAAC as well, helping the ECC with student-athlete initiatives moving forward.

"After receiving some very strong nominations for the ECC National SAAC representative from our member institutions, we are excited with Jack’s selection by the NCAA and look forward to having the opportunity to work with him over the next few years in this role," said ECC Commissioner, Dr. Robert Dranoff.  "In our conversations, Jack sounds committed to making a difference on the conference and national committees and we will be working hard to provide him the support to make that happen."

When asked about his appointment, Nicholson commented, "It's a real honor for me to not only represent St Thomas Aquinas college, but also the East Coast Conference, on the NCAA national SAAC committee. I'm looking forward to working and meeting with this group and being able to voice the ideas and concerns from the SAAC committees within our conference."

St. Thomas Aquinas Athletic Director, Gerry Oswald, also stated, "STAC is very pleased to have Jack representing the ECC as our NCAA DII National SAAC representative. He is a quality young man, student, and team member. This is a great opportunity for Jack and we are confident he will make the most of it. He is ready to contribute and will interact with his fellow student-athletes from the ECC and those from around the country."