Tufts University Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The Tufts University SAAC serves as a voice for student-athletes within the Tufts Community. The SAAC serves as a vehicle to enhance the interests of students-athletes to the administration. The goal of the SAAC is to provide communication between athletes, coaches and administration, to enrich the Tufts community, and foster a positive student-athlete image and experience.

Executive Board
President: Ross Wood (Men’s Swimming)
Vice President: Brett Rojas (Men’s Soccer)
Treasurer: Trevor Serman (Men's Swimming)

Committee Heads
Community Relations: Brigid Gliwa (Field Hockey)
Jumbo Experience: Chista Irani (Women's Squash)
Policy & Representation: Will Shackelford (Baseball)

Tufts NESCAC SAAC Representatives
Will Shackelford (Baseball)
Brett Rojas (Men’s Soccer)


Community Relations is responsible for increasing the involvement and brand of Tufts Athletics with the outside community including the student population and the Greater Boston Area. Some of the main projects that Community Relations facilitates is our “Fan the Fire” program.

The goal of Fan the Fire is to bring sports, spirit, and service altogether, building the community into “One Tufts”. Through the outlet of athletic events, Fan the Fire strives to increase school spirit and garner a sense of Jumbo pride within the Tufts community and sponsor various sporting events, by teaming up with a charity or service organization, significant to its players. Past charities and organizations have included the Alzheimer’s Association, Go4theGoal, and Green Dot.

Brigid Gliwa (Field Hockey)
Jamie Corley (Women’s Soccer)
Ariel Zedric (Women's Volleyball)
Casey Maggiore (Softball)
Ashley Latona (Women's Soccer)
Caitlin Porrazzo (Women's Cross Country)
Derek Enge (Men's Soccer)
Eric Savage (Men’s Basketball)
Hanaa Malik (Field Hockey)
Hiroto Watanbee (Men's Cross Country)
Matthew Agurcia (Men's Crew)
Johanna O'Neill (Women's Lacrosse)
Lilly Bolen (Women's Basketball)
Lily Baldwin (Women's Lacrosse)
Mawell Oppeenheim (Men's Basketball)
Michael Gordon (Men's Ice Hockey)
Michael Pedrini (Football)
Mina Karamercan (Women's Tennis)
Nico Agosti (Men's Track & Field)

Jumbo Experience is responsible for improving the student-athlete experience by planning programming to enrich athlete education and foster lasting relationships between athletes. Some of the main projects in Jumbo Experience entail planning our annual SAAC speaker series event (open to all members of the Tufts community), organizing Brother/Sister Teams on campus, and helping enhance our monthly All-SAAC Meetings.

Chista Irani (Women’s Squash)
Alexis Hermes (Women's Basketball)
Brandon Karr (Men's Golf)
Brita Dawson (Women's Track & Field)
Colleen Doolan (Women's Swimming)
Cooper Stahl (Men's Ice Hockey)
Dan Dewing (Football)
Nathan Niemiec (Men’s Tennis)
Jennifer Jackson (Women's Track & Field)
Josh Etkind (Men's Track & Field)
Lillie Ahearn (Women's Fencing)
Mia Steinberg (Softball)
Mitchell Koganski (Men's Crew)
Talia Toland (Women's Sailing)
Taylor Hart (Women's Sailing
Will Pasik (Men's Lacrosse)
Heather Holz (Women's Crew)
Jason Scanlon (Men’s Tennis)
Prairie Hammer (Women’s Crew)
Hannah Truslow (Women's Swimming)
Ross Wood (Men’s Swimming)

Policy and Representation is responsible for student-athlete representation in dealings with the athletic administration, Tufts administration, and the NCAA. This committee helps advocate for the needs of Tufts athletes and will take lead in discussions about student-athlete issues on campus and work to propose or edit policies as needed. Some notable achievements of the Policy and Representation have been the creation of a student athlete code of conduct, the creation of an open letter arguing against a cut in competitions across division three sports, and the implementation of an improved Tufts SAAC Constitution.

Will Shackelford (Baseball)
Zoe Howard (Women’s Fencing)
Nick Katz (Men’s Lacrosse)
Raghav Kumar (Men’s Squash)
Casey Santos-Ocampo (Baseball)
Claire Davidson (Women's Squash)
Grace Fagan (Women's Cross Country)
Joseph Berrafati (Men's Cross Country)
Justin Feldman (Men's Golf)
Matthew Galbraith (Co-ed Sailing)
Afua Ofori-Darko (Women's Tennis)
Amun Sahrawat (Men's Squash)

Stay up to date with Tufts SAAC and our Fan the Fire Group by following any of our social media pages below:

- Facebook
- Instagram

Baseball Casey Santos-Ocampo Will Shackleford
Fencing Zoe Howard Lillie Ahearn
Field Hockey Brigid Gliwa Hanaa Malik
Football Daniel Dewing Michael Pedrini
Coed Sailing Ian Men's organ Matthew Galbraith
Womens Sailing Talia Toland Taylor Hart
Softball Cassandra Maggiore Mia Steinberg
Women's Swim Colleen Doolan Hannah Truslow
Men's Swim Ross Wood Trevor Serman
Volleyball Ariel Zedric Heather Holz
Men's Squash Raghav Kumar Amun Sahrawat
Women's Squash Chista Irani Claire Davidson
Women's Tennis Afua Ofori-Darko Mina Karamercan
Men's . Tennis Nathaniel Niemiec Jason Scanlon
Men's Basketball Eric Savage Maxwell Oppenheim
Women's Basketball Alexis Hermes Lily Bolen
Women's Crew Prarie Hammer Heather Holz
Men's Crew Mitchell Koganski Matthew Agurcia
Men's Cross Country Joseph Berrafati Hiroto Watanabe
Women's Cross Country Caitlin Porazzo Grace Fagan
Golf Justin Feldman Brandon Karr
Hockey Cooper Stahl Michael Gordon
Women's Lacrosse Johanna Oneil Lily Baldwin
Men's Lacrosse Nicholas Katz William Pasik
Men's Soccer Derek Enge Brett Rojas
Women's Soccer Jamie Corley Ashley Latona
Women's Track and Field Brita Dawson Jennifer Jackson
Men's Track and Field Nico Agosti Josh Etkind