Varney elected for Co-Vice Chair of newly formed NE10 SAAC
EASTON, Massachusetts (September 21, 2018) – The Stonehill College men's ice hockey junior James Varney (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) has been elected as Co-Vice Chair of the newly formed Northeast-10 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), as announced by the league on Friday.
Varney, who is majoring in international business, was also appointed Stonehill SAAC Chair this year and has already aimed to make a big impact on campus. The first meeting included mention of fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, continuing the partnership with Team Impact, connecting with teacher faculty liaisons, and getting more fans at all home events.
"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to represent Stonehill and the NE10," stated Varney. "I look forward to the conversations with the other institutions, hope to make the first NE10 SAAC one that all student-athletes want to be a part of in the future, and aim to show my peers what SAAC is all about."
In June, the NE10 administration, along with representatives from each school met to talk about the upcoming school year and to elect members for the first NE10 SAAC. The Committee is made up of student-athletes to provide insight on the student-athlete experience, offers input on rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on the campuses.
Varney and junior Sinead O'Brien (Norwood, Massachusetts/Norwood), of the women's track & field program, will represent Stonehill on the SAAC Council. The SAAC Council, an appointed group with consistent membership that includes term lengths and selection criteria, saw each of the 15 institutions nominate two student-athletes – one male and one female from different class years and sports – to serve on the council until their undergraduate career is complete.
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2018-19 NE10 SAAC Officers
Female Co-Chair: Marisa McLauglin, Southern New Hampshire, Women's Lacrosse, Sr
Male Co-Chair: Dylon Grzenda, New Haven, Baseball, Sr
Female Co-Vice Chair: Kelli McCombs, Southern Connecticut, Field Hockey, Sr
Male Co-Vice Chair: James Varney, Stonehill, Ice Hockey, Jr
Secretary: Annie Carberry, Pace, Softball, Sr