Penn State Abington's Mike Litz Appointed to NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Penn State Abington's Mike Litz Appointed to NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Mike Litz from Penn State Abington has been named to the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), beginning in January 2019.

“We are so excited that Mike [Litz] was accepted to serve on the NCAA Division III SAAC on behalf of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC),” said NEAC Commissioner Candice Murray. “Mike is an outstanding student and scholar-athlete having won numerous weekly and annual awards in his sport. We look forward to his participation and what he will bring back to the conference from experiences at the national level.”

A native of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Litz is a junior on the Nittany Lions’ men’s tennis team. In his first two seasons on the court, Litz has been a standout student-athlete who received NEAC Player of the Year honors in 2017 and 2018. He also was named NEAC Co-Rookie of the Year at the 2017 Men’s Tennis Championships.

“I am very grateful to have been selected as an NCAA Division III SAAC Representative,” Litz shared. “Being a representative for Division III SAAC allows my voice to be heard on behalf of an incredible institution in Penn State Abington that exemplifies diversity. Abington’s student-athlete community is a microcosm of the diversity our campus is most proud of.”

Litz was elected by his peers as the NEAC SAAC Chair in November 2017 and has exhibited a high level of engagement over the course of the past year. In addition to his recent work with SAAC at the national level, Litz’s responsibilities within the conference have also involved serving on the NEAC Strategic Planning Committee.

“Everyone at Penn State Abington is extremely proud to have Mike [Litz] serve on the NCAA Division III SAAC to represent the NEAC and its student-athletes,” said Deb Solfaro, Penn State Abington Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation. “Under Mike’s leadership, the SAAC is growing in mission and participation on our campus and he is devoted to the Division III student-athlete model. Having worked so closely with Mike, I can promise he will work hard and with integrity as he seeks to serve the membership.”

Litz is currently serving as a SAAC Partner Liaison with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) until the close of the January 2019 NCAA Convention when his term of service as the National SAAC Representative for the NEAC and the NAC will begin. His three-year term will continue through the close of the 2021 NCAA Convention.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent such a passionate group of individuals and continue to be an advocate for positive change and progress through the NCAA Division III SAAC,” Litz added.

Over the last few weeks, Litz has been busy compiling votes on NCAA legislation from NEAC member institutions. Next up will be the annual NEAC SAAC meeting in Scranton, Pa. this weekend before Litz makes his first trip the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. in January.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.