Johnson State College Sophomore Nicole Monick Selected as NEAC-NAC National SAAC Representative

Johnson State College Sophomore Nicole Monick Selected as NEAC-NAC National SAAC Representative

JOHNSON, Vt. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) are pleased to announce that sophomore women's tennis student-athlete Nicole Monick (Bennington, Vt.) from NAC member Johnson State College has been appointed as an NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative. 

"I am so excited to be taking on this role and representing the NAC and NEAC on a national level," said Monick. "I want to use this opportunity to bring innovative ideas to the table and also to represent Johnson. All of DIII SAAC has a great chance to speak on behalf of our peers and make a difference."

The NCAA Division III SAAC consists of one student-athlete representative from each pair of conferences represented through the Division III SAAC partnership program, along with at least one student-athlete from a Division III independent institution.  Monick will now serve as a representative for both the NEAC and NAC, as both conferences are paired together within that partnership program.

"We are very excited that the NAC will have Nicole representing our membership and the NEAC membership for the next three years,” said NAC Commissioner Julie Muller. “The NAC was fortunate to have NEAC student-athlete Connor Passalacqua provide guidance to our member student-athletes the previous three years as the national representative. We are very grateful for Connor's passion and leadership and we look forward to having Nicole serve in this capacity, while attaining a closer connection to the National SAAC. Nicole will have an opportunity to grow and experience collegiate athletics from the national governance perspective, and we wish her well on this new exciting journey.” 

Monick's term begins at the close of the January 2016 NCAA Convention occurring this week (Jan. 14-16), and will continue through the close of the January 2019 NCAA Convention.

“We are looking forward to getting to know Nicole and work with her closely as our National SAAC representative,” said NEAC Commissioner Candice Murray.  “We will have an opportunity to meet her at this year’s NCAA Convention and look forward to her representation for the next three years.”

Monick replaces senior Connor Passalacqua (Whitestown, N.Y.) from NEAC member SUNY Polytechnic Institute, whose three-year term on the national committee will expire at the close of this year’s NCAA Convention.  Passalacqua, who was also a recipient of the NEAC Inspirational Award for the 2014-15 year, has held many responsibilities under this role, such as representing the NEAC at each of the last three January NCAA Conventions, serving on the Committee on Competitive Safe Guards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) alongside a multitude of doctors, trainers, and sport science researchers from across the country, and being featured in the National SAAC’s “You Can Play” video highlighting Division III SAAC’s support of the national “You Can Play” campaign that focuses on ending homophobia in sports and ensuring equality for LGBTQ athletes.

“Connor has done a tremendous job representing the NEAC and the NAC over the last three years,” Murray said.  “He has grown so much as an individual and his talents will be missed.  We wish him much success as he continues to pursue life after college.”

Monick will be one of 24 NCAA Division III student-athletes (12 male, 12 female) serving on the national committee. SAAC provides insight on the student-athlete experience and offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

"Nicole is an energetic and enthusiastic voice for our JSC student-athletes and will be a positive force for all student-athletes as the NAC SAAC student representative," said Johnson head women's tennis coach Michele Whitmore. "I am incredibly proud of Nicole's student-athlete and leadership development over the past two years. She has all the crucial components to serve well in this role." 

The aim of the NCAA SAAC is to provide opportunity for and protect the well-being of NCAA student-athletes, as well as promote a positive student-athlete self-image. Service on the DIII SAAC involves attending three in-person meetings a year (July, November and January), as well as participating on a number of conference calls throughout the year. The January meeting is held in conjunction with the NCAA National Convention, giving the SAAC an opportunity to interact directly with leaders in college athletics.

To learn more about the NCAA Division III SAAC, please click here.  For more information on the NEAC SAAC, please click here. For more information on the NAC SAAC, please click here


*Majority of this release courtesy of Johnson State Sports Information; Cover photo courtesy of NAC office

The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.