Combs Represents North Texas at C-USA SAAC Meetings
Sophomore Jeremy Combs Learned About Student-Athlete Welfare At SAAC Meetings
IRVING – Sophomore men’s basketball student-athlete Jeremy Combs represented North Texas as Conference USA hosted its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meetings July 23-25 at the league’s headquarters.
Fourteen SAAC representatives participated in a number of interactive presentations with topics ranging from academic success to the role of student-athletes in the new governance structure.
“I know Jeremy appreciated the opportunity and privilege to represent all the student-athletes at the University of North Texas during the SAAC conference meetings,” said head coach Tony Benford. “Jeremy has great character and tremendous leadership qualities. Being a part of SAAC will help him enhance his leadership abilities on and off the court.”
The program was designed to give student-athletes an inside look on issues pertaining to student-athletes welfare and leadership development. The hope was for student-athletes to create a solid leadership foundation to build upon when they return back to the campuses, sport teams, and communities.
SAAC representatives also had a chance to interact with C-USA senior staff members including Executive Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer Judy MacLeod and Associate Commissioner for Sports Services Keisha Dunlap. In addition, representatives of the College Football Playoff staff Laila Brock, Director of Team Operations and Logistics, Gina Lehe, Senior Director of Communications and Brand Management, and Jason Sabatino, Director of Business and Ticket Operations, imparted a collection of knowledge in areas such as leadership core values, career exploration, work ethic and professionalism.
The SAAC representatives also participated in a community service activity at the Lakewest Family YMCA, interacting with several young people as part of their summer camps/clinics and youth sport programs. C-USA student-athletes had a chance to participate in various activities such as skills and drills from their respective sports and also a panel discussion. In the panel, the C-USA student-athletes shared their perspectives on what it takes to become a college athlete, the importance of academics, and the impact sports has played on their development as leaders. Many agreed youth sports played a large role as a classroom for character education.
“It was a great experience,” said student-athlete Jeremy Combs. “I learned how to be a better leader and how I have to be more vocal. Also how to handle different types of problems in better ways. I have to be a leader during different situations whether good or bad.”
Conference USA SAAC Representatives attending this year's meetings included:
Jamal Covington, Charlotte, Football, C-USA SAAC Top Issues Working Group Chair
Marcus Ghent, FIU, Track & Field, C-USA SAAC Co-Vice Chair
Carnesha Thompson, Florida Atlantic, Softball
Madison Doll, Louisiana Tech, Women's Soccer, C-USA SAAC Secretary
Isabelle Rogner, Marshall, Women's Cross Country
Tyler Barron, Middle Tennessee, Football
Jeremy Combs, North Texas, Men's Basketball
Samuel Perelman, Old Dominion, Men's Tennis
Solo Zinko, Rice, Women's Tennis
Danielle Block, Southern Miss, Softball
Catherine Ragon, UAB, Women's Soccer, NCAA Division I National SAAC Representative & C-USA Chair
April Luther, UTEP, Volleyball, C-USA Co-Vice Chair
Niaga Mitchell-Cole, UTSA, Women's Basketball, C-USA SAAC Top Issues Working Group Chair Brooke Holloway, WKU, Softball, C-USA SAAC External Affairs Working Group Chair