SAN DIEGO--Duquesne women's soccer standout goalie Devon Tabata has been elected to serve as a vice chair for the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Tabata was voted into the position on Saturday at the NCAA Convention.
Her selection as a vice chair qualifies her to serve as the Division I SAAC chair beginning in January 2015.
The Division I SAAC consists of one student-athlete from each of the 32 Division I conferences and reports directly to the Leadership Council. The mission of the DI SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
A junior, Tabata serves as the Atlantic 10 Conference's representative on the Division I SAAC, a position she was selected for in July. She is Duquesne's representatives on the Atlantic 10 Conference SAAC.
A Columbus, Ohio, nativ, Tabata was also recently selected to serve as the student-athlete liaison and represent the Atlantic 10 Conference as a member of the prestigious NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet. She is the first member of the Atlantic 10 to serve on the Academic Cabinet since former La Salle Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Annette O’Connor. Tabata also is the first A-10 student-athlete to serve on an NCAA Cabinet in over five years.
She joins new SAAC Chair Kendall Spencer from the Mountain West Conference and vice chair Dusty Page from the Mid-American Conference as the group's newly chosen leadership.