June 6, 2014
BEAUMONT – Will Hibbs, a pitcher from Lamar’s baseball team, has been selected to represent the Southland Conference as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The national committee is comprised of one athlete from each of the 31 conferences within Division I. In the same way that LU’s SAAC works as a liaison between the university and the student-athletes, the national SAAC is a liaison between student-athletes and the NCAA and its membership. The mission of the committee is to enhance the student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
“The NCAA made a great choice in selecting Will, and I think he’s going to represent both Lamar and the Southland very well,” LU SAAC advisor Andrew Caudill said. “He’s very deserving and worked hard to put himself in this position. He’s been a great communicator in his time as president here and he enjoys building relationships. That’s going to be important for him over the next two years.”
As a national representative, Hibbs will attend and participate in national meetings and conference calls. The purpose of the position is to provide input on rules, regulations and policies that affect the lives of student-athletes.
As president of LU’s SAAC, Hibbs communicated directly with Director of Athletics Jason Henderson and President Dr. Kenneth R. Evans in regards to student-athlete interests. In addition, the Friendswood native oversaw a number of community service projects, the most prominent being the collection of 100 pounds of pull-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, which was part of a conference-wide initiative. Hibbs was involved in organizing a number of other service projects, which included trips by LU athletes to Buckner Children’s Village in Beaumont throughout the year.