Student Development

Student-Athlete Development
Leadership Development

Leadership Development Program
The Student-Athlete Development Office works to prepare our student-athletes to become both leaders and positive contributors to society. Our office coordinates opportunities and programs on campus, as well as within the athletic department, on individual teams and within our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Rice Athletics is proud to be heading into our fifth year of our leadership development program, "Developing Leaders in Sports and in Life," specifically designed for the Rice University student-athlete. Partnering with veteran leadership expert and sports performance coach Mike Van Hoozer, we have developed a program that strives to help student-athletes maximize their potential as leaders in sports and life, helping them make the most of their moments and overcome adversity.

The leadership development program, sponsored by former Rice Football letterman Bobby Dixon and Terrence Gee, takes a proactive approach to developing leaders. Each year, our head coaches designate two-to-three student-athletes from their teams to take part in the program and many of the graduates have gone on to become team captains and lead various campus organizations.

Monthly sessions focus on a variety of leadership aspects, including developing a leadership voice, how to influence and make an impact in the life of another person and how to take their newly learned skills back to their teams, their school, and the greater Houston community.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
The purpose of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Rice is to give student-athletes a voice within the Rice University campus and to act as a liaison between student-athletes and fellow athletic teams, NCAA, the greater Houston community and Rice's Residential College system. SAAC is comprised of student-athletes from each team who have demonstrated a strong desire to participate to serve their team, the department and Rice.

Our goal is to bridge the gap that is formed from common misperceptions associated with college athletics, to help the university and the athlete form stronger relations, as well as team connections to enhance the college experience.

Member Benefits:

  • Make an impact and leave a legacy during your time at Rice.
  • Stay informed and involved about issues involving student-athletes from campus to the NCAA.
  • Connect with students on various sports teams.
  • Represent Rice University Athletics in a wide variety of arenas.
  • Leadership Opportunities.
  • Fun!



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