Tue, Jul. 5, 2011 - [Baseball]
The road from South Elgin, Illinois to the mound on the baseball diamond at Petrakis Park has turned out to be longer than originally planned for junior-to-be Travis Misner. As it turns out, the road to Indianapolis and the NCAA offices from Dubuque will be shorter.
Misner has been selected to serve a three-year term on the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the Iowa Conference’s representative. He is the first Duhawk to do so in the program’s history.
Misner, a graduate of St. Charles North High School, was injured during the fall of 2009 – his first semester on campus – and has yet to throw a pitch in a Loras uniform. After putting in the time necessary to rehabilitate the initial injury, Misner again had to deal with regular pain in his right shoulder a year later.
That recurrence led to an appointment with Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago – a team physician with the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, who has worked with Jake Peavy, among others.
After an injection to help with the pain related to the close proximity of ball-and-socket setup in the throwing shoulder, Misner recently admitted to a much more comfortable end to the spring during his throwing motions. He also admitted to a cautious optimism when he looks ahead to the fall of 2011.
A Physical Education/K-12 Teaching major and Coaching and Health Teaching minor, Misner has been able to spend time with the Loras College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since that 2009-10 freshman year.
That year, he attended the Iowa Conference SAAC meeting in Cedar Rapids and saw a glimpse of the potential the committee possessed. As a sophomore, he remained involved at the campus level and helped to implement the league-wide blood drive and Take A Kid To The Game events the Duhawks hosted in 2010-11.
Now, with the support of Associate Director of Athletics/SWA and SAAC moderator Denise Udelhofen, Misner prepares for the committee’s first meeting on July 21. The 24-member group will meet a total of three times per year, including once at the annual NCAA Convention.
“I’m truly excited about the whole thing,” Misner said in late June.
“As Loras’ first representative, I want to make sure to show how strong our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is here at Loras College and at the Iowa Conference level.”
The SAAC group was born at the 1989 NCAA Convention and split into division-specific committees in 1997. At the NCAA, conference, and institutional level the SAAC members “offer input on rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives” says NCAA.org. Division III’s committee is the largest, included 24 student-athletes. Each current representative represents their conference, as well as a partner conference. The Iowa Conference’s partner is the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).
“This is a great opportunity for me to see how the things work at the NCAA level and give me some perspective beyond the Iowa Conference and the Midwest,” Misner added.
“I truly am honored by the appointment and I am really looking forward to getting started.”