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Former Bowling Green basketball player leading Division I SAAC

Former hype-man is looking to carry positive mentality into his role as chair

Ethan Good, Chair Division I SAAC
Ethan Good has never been concerned with being the center of attention.

The former walk-on at Bowling Green didn’t log a whole lot of minutes and scored only 9 points throughout his four-year career. However, he had a strong reputation for being the team’s hype man. This is the mentality and role that he said he carries into everything he does, including his work with the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, of which he recently became chair.

“I don’t want to be the leading scorer, assist man or even be a captain. My goal is that, when I am in a group or a part of something, everyone else is better for it,” said Good, who has been involved with SAAC at the school, conference or national level since his freshman year. Those experiences have helped Good gain a perspective that few student-athletes get to see during their time in college.

“There is so much on (student-athletes’) plates already,” said Good, “so to get another group of people or tier of people that just have a desire to make things better and just are so fun to be around and are so well spoken, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about SAAC.”

Just after Good’s freshman year ended in 2017, he represented Bowling Green at the Mid-American Conference SAAC meeting. This experience catapulted him to being on the executive team for the MAC for a year, leading him to earn the chair position for the MAC as a rising junior. As chair, Good became the representative for Division I SAAC and was appointed to serve on the Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee. This experience allowed Good to act as a representative for every college basketball player in Division I. He felt his perspective and voice were truly valued on that committee.

“It was so encouraging to have the members of the Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee be so welcoming and interested in my experience as a student-athlete,” Good said.

After that experience, Good kept moving up and served as co-vice chair as a senior.

“I was so grateful that I got to be a vice chair and see someone else be chair so that I could see and learn,” said Good, who earned a degree in neuroscience from Bowling Green but is thinking about a career in sports as he will attend Arizona State this fall to pursue his master’s degree in sports law and business.

Now, as the recently appointed chair of Division I SAAC, Good is ready to amplify the platform of the committee. It’s a body he considers to be “a group of the most underrated student-athletes in the country.”

One of the ways he said he plans to do this is by making this a historic year for the group. For the first time, Division I SAAC is planning to propose legislation to the Division I Council. Specifically, SAAC wants the council to accept legislation that will relieve student-athletes of any athletic obligations on Election Days, allowing them the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and participate in other civic engagement activities.

On top of this, Good and Division I SAAC plan to put an emphasis on student-athlete physical and mental health, as well as education in diversity and inclusion. Good said he knows how important these topics are today and hopes to enhance the student-athlete experience by prioritizing them.

Good said he feels that now is a more opportune time than ever to let the country know what SAAC is about and how powerful the student-athlete voice can be. This objective is “not necessarily for the sake of fame but so that other student-athletes can understand the resources that have been put into place, and that we have the opportunity to share the information, the correct information, the truth, about all these issues that are going on.”

Considering his experience, Good knows firsthand what can be provided and accomplished through a student organization like SAAC.

Good said he wants other student-athletes to understand they also can make a difference on their campus and nationally just by using this resource. He said he also hopes the opportunities he’s had become available for more athletes.

“How cool would it be if a first-year student-athlete came in and said, ‘Yeah, I am here to play my sport,  but I also want to be on SAAC,’” said Good, while reflecting on his experiences. “I’d like to see that happen.”