Linfield Wildcats
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Committee PhotoPurpose

  • To encourage communication between Linfield student-athletes and the athletic administration.
  • To identify and address the needs and concerns of Linfield student-athletes.
  • To promote and support Linfield athletics.
  • To enhance the image of the Linfield student-athlete through campus engagement and community outreach.

Meeting Information

SAAC meets every other Monday at 9 p.m. Please contact us if you would like to attend a meeting.
*Date and time subject to change

2014-15 Officers

President   Taylor Pirnke
  Men's Golf
Vice President   Kelly Watanabe
  Women's Tennis
Secretary   Ian Coker   Swimming
Advisor   Katherine Brackmann   Assistant Director-External Relations/SWA

Committee Roster

Sport   Rep # 1   Rep # 2
Baseball   Eric Lawson
  Joseph Stevick
M. Basketball   Ryan Cali
  Vinnie Toor
W. Basketball   Quincey Gibson
  Riley Graham
M. Cross Country/Track   Chad Linnerooth
   Scott Anderson
W. Cross Country/Track   Madeline Noe
  Joy Harpham
Football   Tom Knecht
  Charlie Poppen
M. Golf   Taylor Pirnke
  Sam McLain
W. Golf   Maggie Harlow
  Chelan Guischer
Lacrosse   Halee Helgerson
  Rebecca Kropp
M. Soccer   Brian DeGrandmont
  Jake Smith
W. Soccer   Lauren Pyrch
  Emma Vukic
Softball   Montana McNealy / McKenna Spieth
  Lisa Yamamoto / Kenzie Schmoll
M. Swim   Ian Coker
W. Swim   TBD
M. Tennis   Kelsey Rosborough
  Alec Wisthoff
W. Tennis   Kelly Watanabe
  Mackenzie Fraser
Volleyball   Casie Gaza
  Molly McTaggart

Community Service & Events

Recess at Sue Buel Elementary
Every week, Linfield student-athletes volunteer at Sue Buel Elementary School, serving as positive role models for the young students on the recess grounds.

Special Olympics
As active participants in the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Partnership, Linfield's athletic teams engage with Special Olympics athletes in a variety of ways, including fundraising, assisting with practices and inviting Special Olympians and their families to attend Linfield home sporting events.

Coin Drive
The Northwest Conference SAAC sponsors an annual fundraising contest in which each member institution organizes a coin drive to benefit a charity of its choosing. The school that raises the greatest amount of money in two days' time is declared the winner and receives both a traveling banner and bragging rights. In 2014, Linfield raised $1,100 to contribute to a fundraising effort to build a soccer field and track for the Open Arms Village and surrounding community in Kenya. The previous year, the Wildcats chose to raise funds for one of their own, a student-athlete afflicted with brain cancer, and brought in $617 to help her and her family defray medical costs. In its first two years, Linfield's SAAC raised $545.35 to benefit YCAP's Friday Family Food program, which provides two weekend meals to children and their families who qualify for free or reduced meals at three elementary schools in Yamhill County.

NCAA Division III Week
Partnering with the Linfield Athletic Department and in conjunction with the NCAA, SAAC celebrates Division III Week in April of each year to showcase the division’s focus on the entire athletic experience: academic, athletic and extra-curricular. To commemorate "40 Years of Division III" in 2014, the Wildcats hosted a student-athlete talent show and  student-athlete barbeque, and featured profiles of student-athletes that best embody the Division III philosophy on the athletics website and on printed materials around campus. In 2013, SAAC coordinated several activities for Division III Week, including a “Team Wear Day,” Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Fundraiser and a speech by nationally recognized motivational speaker Dr. Will Keim.

Links & Resources

Linfield Student-Athlete Handbook

Northwest Conference SAAC

DIII Special Olympics Partnership

Linfield Student-Athlete Forms

NCAA Division III Home Page