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Linda Cohn: From breaking the ice to breaking the news

Linda Cohn enrolled at State University of New York at Oswego knowing that she had some athletic ability, and thinking she might like to pursue a career in sports. She is now a famed sports broadcaster on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Mike Aguirre: A lifelong leader

Mike Aguirre had a unique career as a student-athlete that took him from the gridiron to testifying on behalf of fellow student-athletes before a Congressional committee before he even graduated.  

As a wide receiver for the Arizona State football team from 1996 to 2000, Aguirre exhibited prowess as a leader early and often by making multiple appearances in national print and television media to discuss student-athlete issues.  He left a legacy that endures today in helping to found the then-PAC-10 Athletic Conference’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee in 2000-2001.  

Mike Aguirre

Nowadays, all 1,077 NCAA member schools and every conference have a SAAC that represents their respective student-athletes. The committees provide a way for student-athletes to offer input on Association rules, regulations and policies that affect them. Additionally, NCAA Divisions I, II and III have national SAAC committees representing student-athletes on a holistic basis. 

Aguirre served as the Arizona State’s SAAC chairman from 1999 to 2000 and was chair of the NCAA Division I SAAC from 2001 to 2002. It was during his tenure on the NCAA Division I SAAC that he went to Congress to testify before the Energy & Commerce Committee, solidifying his desire to remain involved in college athletics governance. 

Later, Aguirre served as a delegate for the United States at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Forum in Capetown, South Africa in 2002, and as a panelist on The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics’ A Summit on the Collegiate Athletic Experience in 2005.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 2000, Aguirre continued his education at his alma mater by earning two more degrees — a master’s in higher- and post-secondary education in 2002 and a law degree in 2005.  Always the campus leader, he served as the managing editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, a nationally recognized legal periodical that serves as the primary scholarly publication of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State.

Aguirre is now a successful corporate attorney specializing in business finance with an international law firm.  In 2012, he was recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Ariz., and still actively follows the world of college sports – not only the games but current events in policy and governance.

David Hilmers: Out of this world

Like his dad, Dr. David Hilmers could be considered something of a jack-of-all-trades. He just chose different pursuits. Hilmers started as a three-sport student-athlete before graduating summa cum laude, moved on to become a Marines...

Kristian Schroder: Passing the torch

When Kristian Schroder launched his LinkedIn group in 2008 in hopes of connecting to other former student-athletes, he had no idea how large it would become. Now more than 24,000 members strong, the NCAA Athletes in the Workspace...

Former US Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen starred at Bowdoin College before a career in which he served under President Clinton.
William Cohen: Former U.S. Secretary of Defense – a lifetime of service

Before becoming the first elected official in modern U.S. history to be chosen for Cabinet post by a president from a different party, he starred on the Bowdoin College basketball team.

Stephanie Ferri-Lewis
Stephanie Ferri-Lewis: ER physician credits composure to being a three-sport athlete

The former three-sport athlete from Pfeiffer University credits her composure to her years as a student-athlete.

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