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Missouri Western’s O’Neill elected DII SAAC chair

Kentucky State’s Etheridge tabbed as vice chair

The Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee elected new leadership during its virtual NCAA Convention meeting last week.

Mackenzie O’Neill was elected as chair for a one-year term. A women’s soccer player at Missouri Western, O’Neill has served as the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s representative on Division II SAAC since 2019 and will end her three-year term at the end of the 2022 NCAA Convention.

In 2020, O’Neill served as vice chair and a member of the Division II Legislation Committee that, among other work, developed the division’s proposal on name, image and likeness changes.

O’Neill will be joined on the Division II SAAC Executive Board by three others. John Michael Etheridge, a baseball player at Kentucky State, was elected vice chair. Southern New Hampshire’s Kate Pigsley (field hockey) was reelected as the committee’s internal operations coordinator, and Purdue Northwest’s Ismael Contreras (men’s soccer) will serve as the external communications coordinator.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve in this leadership role for such a distinguished group of student-athletes across Division II,” O’Neill said. “I have full faith in this newly elected DII SAAC Executive Board and am excited for the work ahead of us this year as national SAAC.”

Additionally, Division II SAAC elected its two representatives to serve on the Division II Management Council. For the second year in a row, Madeleine McKenna, a women’s volleyball player at California University of Pennsylvania, and Braydon Kubat, a men’s track and field and cross country athlete at Minnesota Duluth, were chosen to serve on the council along with athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and conference administrators.

Learn more about Division II SAAC, its members and the work they do at their page on ncaa.org.