THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008
Danielle Gray selected as NCAA Division I SAAC Representative
Junior center Danielle Gray becomes the third consecutive JU student-athlete to represent the A-Sun at the national level.
Junior center Danielle Gray becomes the third consecutive JU student-athlete to represent the A-Sun at the national level.
After holding the highest ranking student-athlete position in the Atlantic Sun Conference for the past three years, Jacksonville University will continue to hold the torch for the conference as junior Danielle Gray took the reins as a representative for the National Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Gray, who is the third Dolphin to represent the A-Sun on the national level, was nominated to the conference by JU due to her SAAC experience, community service achievements, overall GPA and athletic achievements. Once all nominations are received by the conference, each school votes for finalists to be considered by the NCAA. The final selection for the conference representative is then chosen by the National SAAC and is then ratified by the Board of Directors and the Management Council.

Former Dolphins Becky Watt (rowing) and Matt Dobbins (baseball) held the position in previous terms while the JU SAAC has represented the A-Sun since 2005. Gray, who will hold a two-year term, will represent the A-Sun at NCAA National SAAC meetings. She will also serve as secretary for the JU SAAC as she enters her third year with the organization.

“As a JU SAAC member and officer, Danielle represents her fellow student-athletes with grace and success,” said JU director of student-athlete development Stephanie Metz. “She has now earned the opportunity to represent every student-athlete in the A-Sun at the national level and I am confident that her achievements will continue. Danielle’s selection is yet another testament to the quality of JU student-athletes and reaffirms that our SAAC is the gold standard in the A-Sun.”

A center on the JU women’s basketball team, Gray has been an important part of the program’s rise to prominence as the Dolphins have produced back-to-back 20-win seasons and reached the A-Sun Tournament Championship Game for the first time in history last year. Also a success in the classroom, Gray has earned A-Sun All-Academic honors and has been named to the Dean’s List in each of her two years at JU.

For more information on the JU SAAC, log onto www.judolphins.com.