January 19, 2012

LMU’s Maldonado Appointed to NCAA National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lincoln Memorial cross country runner Bradley Maldonado has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He will serve on the committee through the 2015 NCAA Convention.

Maldonado was selected by the Division II SAAC Nominating Sub-Committee from a pool of candidates submitted by the conference offices. He is the first athlete ever to be selected to this committee from Lincoln Memorial University.

As an acting member of the NCAA Division II SAAC, Maldonado will be responsible for serving as a liason between happenings within campus life as well as on the conference and national levels. Maldonado will be a part of a group that represents and speaks for the entire Division II student-athlete body.

At LMU, Bradley has been involved with the SAAC for the past two years. As a freshman, his leadership abilities were recognized by Railsplitter Cross Country coach, Jeremy Donahue, who selected him as a SAAC representative for the cross country team. Among his various accomplishments while in this position, Maldonado volunteered to head the SAAC committee which organized and planned the Make-A-Wish fundraiser. This included the "Best Seat in the House"promotion at home basketball games.

Last Spring, he represented Lincoln Memorial at the South Atlantic Conference SAAC meeting. He was also selected to attend the inaugural SAC Leadership Conference during the summer of 2011.

Faculty Athletics Representative, Jack Mansfield, who has overseen Bradley at Lincoln Memorial University praised him highly. "This is quite an honor for LMU, and a tremendous opportunity for Brad," stated Mansfield. "Over the course of serving as the SAC national SAAC representative, he will experience a great deal of interaction with other student-athletes from around the country as well as the NCAA administration and management. I am very happy and pleased for him."

Maldonado is enthusiastic about his new position and this prestigious honor. "It's a good feeling. It's exciting and it means a lot," said Maldonado. "I'm able to help our conference, the SAC, and the schools get their voice out. It's really exciting."

Lincoln Memorial is proud to have Bradley Maldonado representing not only Lincoln Memorial, but the South Atlantic Conference. Maldonado will begin his three-year tender as a NCAA Divison SAAC representative immediately.


-- Courtesy LMU Media Relations