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Student-Athlete Advisory Commitee (SAAC)

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a group of student-athletes dedicated to extending their academic and athletic experience beyond their roles at Pepperdine University. They do so by engaging in community service projects around Los Angeles communities, promoting and protecting the student-athletes' well-being, and serving as a liasion between the Department of Athletics and the student-athletes. SAAC is made up of two volunteer student-athletes from each team, selected based upon their leadership qualities. It has an executive board that manages the day-to-day functionalities of the group. The goal of SAAC is to promote and represent Pepperdine Athletics in a positive manner in and around the communities of Pepperdine and Los Angeles.

2014-15 Executive Board

James Gehrels, Men's Volleyball


Year: Sophomore

Major: Sport Administration

Lisa Santroch, Cross Country


Year: Senior

Major: Accounting

Lorraine Guillermo, Tennis

Co-Vice President

Year: Senior

Major: Accounting

Nicolette Barreiro, Swimming

Co-Vice President

Year: Junior

Major: Pre-Business Administration

While being a Divison I student-athlete is a blessing, it can also be quite demanding. SAAC strives to create events and opportunities to enrich the lives of student-athletes. SAAC has worked in the following ways to improve the collegiate student-athlete experience:

  • SAAC worked with Sodexo Food Services to have snack bars open close to athletic facilities for more convenient food options.
  • SAAC worked with the marketing team to put on the first ever Student-Athlete Formal on April 3, 2013.
  • SAAC promotes utilizing the Academic Lab's resources and tutors that support student-athletes to perform their best in the classroom.
  • SAAC hosted Mr. All-American, a male student-athlete beauty pageant. For video highlights, click here.

Student-athletes receive an unprecedented amount of support from event staff and the community. Pepperdine student-athletes seek to use their time and talents to give back to the community, embodying the Pepperdine motto, "Freely ye received, freely give." SAAC organizes and presents convenient opportunities amidst student-athletes' busy schedules to volunteer in local and worldwide organizations.

For more information on Waves in the Community, click here.


SAAC strives to lead our fellow athletes for promoting sportsmanship, whether that is through "Welcome" signs in opponent locker rooms or integrity in how we play. Ultimately, SAAC recognizes that winning does not precede character -- that each student-athlete represents more than just oneself, but one's family, team, university, and conference.

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