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Creating a voice for others

Mercier steps up to NCAA Division III student-athlete advisory committee

Former Windjammer has excelled in soccer, lacrosse at Emmanuel College
By Mark Haskell | May 20, 2020
Courtesy of: Emmanuel College Morgan Mercier.

Boston, Mass. — During his years as a student-athlete at Camden Hills Regional High School — and later at Emmanuel College — Morgan Mercier has made the most of his opportunities, on the soccer pitch and lacrosse field.

Now, the 21-year-old hopes to continue to make sure those opportunities remain fruitful. Not only for himself, but for others.

Mercier, who will be a senior at Emmanuel College in the fall, was appointed to the NCAA Division III student-athlete advisory committee, it was announced by Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) commissioner Joe Walsh on Wednesday, May 13.

The Lincolnville native, who plays men’s soccer and lacrosse for the Saints, will serve on the national committee through January 2021, as he replaced Johnson & Wales University’s Mikayla Arimura as the GNAC’s delegate on the national level.

Mercier officially took on his new role in February.

“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to represent the GNAC as the new national SAAC representative,” said Mercier. “I’m excited to be able to have a voice and an impact for all Division III student-athletes across the country.”

The national SAAC represents the student-athlete voice in the Division III governance structure by reviewing legislation, identifying significant student-athlete issues, implementing student-athlete based initiatives, encouraging community outreach, and enhancing Division II student-athlete involvement and understanding in general.

The committee meets in-person four times a year and is primarily responsible for maintaining and coordinating the division's nationwide partnership with Special Olympics.

The D3 National SAAC includes every Division III conference in conjunction with a conference and partner-conference pairing structure, in which the GNAC is aligned with the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). For the existing term through January, the CCC serves as the primary member with the GNAC as the associate member. Following the current term, the GNAC will possess the primary status beginning in February 2021.

Along with serving on the Emmanuel SAAC, Mercier has served as a member of the GNAC SAAC Commissioner's Council during the 2019-20 academic year. As a result, he received the opportunity to attend the 2020 NCAA Convention in Anaheim, Calif. on behalf of the conference office, as he joined Colby-Sawyer College baseball senior Ben Lewis, JWU field hockey junior Natalie Rivas and Saint Joseph's College of Maine track-and-field senior Lillian Bisset.

Mercier also was part of the event setup and programming in August at the GNAC's 2019 hall-of-fame induction dinner in Boston.

Mercier, who graduated from CHRHS in 2017 and also played soccer and lacrosse for the Windjammers, said his interest in getting involved on the other side of sports “was the opportunity to give student-athletes the voice they deserve whether that be on the field or in the classroom.”

“SAAC is the liaison between the athletes and the athletic departments,” he said. “While on the national level, we are the voice between all the student-athletes in our conference and the NCAA.”

Mercier is the son of MaryAnn and Manuel Mercier of Lincolnville.

Morgan Mercier, left, on the lacrosse field for the Saints. (Courtesy of: Emmanuel College)
Morgan Mercier, left, on the soccer field for the Saints. (Courtesy of: Emmanuel College)
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