Inside Athletics

Student-Athlete Handbook / WAAL / SAAC


Wesleyan Academy for Athletic Leadership
Our Wesleyan Academy for Athletic Leadership (WAAL) is a program that aims to cultivate the leadership abilities of our Battling Bishop student-athletes.  The brainchild of Athletics Director John Thompson, WAAL participants meet once a month throughout the academic year and undergo a series of featured speakers, team-building activities, movies, videos, small group discussions, workshops, and presentations. Meetings are designed to develop an understanding of communication and confrontation skills, cooperative partnerships with coaches, successful team relationships, a peer network of leaders, vocal leadership, and leadership as a role model on and off the field and court. Student-Athletes who actively participate in the program receive a certificate of completion. 

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Our student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs.

Division III SAAC Mission Statement
The mission of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; and fostering a positive student-athlete image, while maintaining the tenants of the Division III philosophy.

Purpose & Goals of NC Wesleyan's SAAC
~ Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus structure.
~ Solicit student-athlete response to proposed legislation.
~ Recommend potential legislation.
~ Review, react and comment on legislation, activities and subjects of interest.
~ Actively participate in the administrative process of athletics programs and the NCAA.
~ Promote a positive student-athlete image.

Community Service
Community service is one of the most important parts of a student-athlete's experience at North Carolina Wesleyan, and we strive to develop well-rounded citizens who are willing to step in where help is needed. Each year, our Battling Bishops are involved in various service projects in and around the Rocky Mount area. As always, Wesleyan’s service calendar is highlighted by department-wide initiatives such as the 9/11 Project, P.L.A.Y. (Promoting Literacy Among Youth), Cans Across the Conference, and Pennies for Purpose. Individual squad activities include Dig Pink (volleyball), Coaches vs. Cancer (basketball), KIX (soccer) and Relay for Life (baseball), among others.

For more information on North Carolina Wesleyan's Community Service and/or SAAC, please contact assistant volleyball coach Chuck Shoemaker by phone at 252-985-5345 or by e-mail at