The Office of Student-Athlete Development at the University of Miami is committed to the personal and professional development of our entire student athlete population. We support this student population by placing the focus on: Personal, Leadership, & Career Development, Community Service & Outreach and the success of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee).


The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) mission is to serve as a liaison between all student-athletes and athletic administration, to better enhance the student overall experience and to unite the University of Miami athletic family.

Our Programs

Welcome Back Celebrations

An annual gathering of Athletics Staff & Administrators, Coaches, and student-athletes to kick off the new academic year featuring guest speakers, food, games, music, and all-sport highlight videos of the previous seasons.

International Student Athlete Welcome Luncheon

An event for all new and current International student-athletes to have an opportunity to meet and learn from each other, hear a presentation from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and enjoy lunch. Topics covered include: visa status, obtaining a social security number and job placement options.

Etiquette Dinner

A business professional event where student-athletes are provided a 3-course meal and educated on the art of fine dining and formal dinners. Includes a mini professional fashion show and an opportunity to meet student athletes from other teams. This event also provides a chance for student-athletes to meet and network with members of our athletic department.

More Programs

Canes Career Panel

An opportunity to learn from several former Miami Hurricane student-athletes involved in a wide range of careers surrounding Sports, Sports Management, Business, STEM, and Entrepreneurship. We encourage out guest panelists to share their professional journey along with some words of wisdom with our current student athlete population in regards to transitioning from college to career.

Student-Athlete Talent Show

The “Canes on a Stage” talent show is meant to have student-athletes collaborate with each other-away from their sport-to create a positive, fun and interactive environment where they are encouraged to showcase their wide range of talents, skills, and hobbies.  We enjoy helping our student-athletes realize they are so much more than just an athlete, while also bridging the gap between them and other students on campus in a fun and unique way. This event is open to the UM campus community.

Hurricane Leadership Academy

Student Athlete Development is proud to announce the launch of our new Hurricane Leadership Academy! This new Leadership Development program will focus on accountability, building confidence, personal growth, as well as collective and individual leadership.