Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS)

Meet our Team

Erika Lavender

Ericka Lavender
Associate Athletic Director
Director for Academic Services (SAAS)

Ericka Lavender is entering her fourth year as Associate Athletic Director/Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Rocket Academic Center and coordinates academic support for her assigned student-athletes. She works with Men's Basketball and Football and serves on various campus committees.

Larimer Athletic Complex Room 2400G
Mail Stop 203

Stacy Bowers

Stacy Bowers
Academic Coordinator

Stacy Bowers is in her 23rd year with Student-Athlete Academic Services as an Academic Coordinator. Bowers coordinates academic services for Football, Men's Golf, Women's Golf and Softball.  In addition, Bowers helps to organize Rocket Launch (new student orientation) and serves as the Liaison for TACADA.

Larimer Athletic Complex Room 2400H
Mail Stop 203


Nikki Golston
Learning Specialist/Tutorial Coordinator

Nikki Golston is starting her first year with Student-Athlete Academic Services as the Learning Specialist and Tutorial Coordinator. Nikki will be responsible for SAAS Rocket Launch Tutorial program, Academic Coaches and partnering with the Learning Enhancement Center and Writing Center. She will be responsible for the day-to-day tutoring operations while managing her own caseload of student-athletes and supervising academic coaches. In additional, Golston serves as the liaison for the Office of Disability Services and UT Athletics CARE Team.

Larimer Athletic Complex Room 2400E
Mail Stop 203

Jillian Taylor

Jillian Lehman
Athletic Academic Coordinator/Coordinator for Student-Athlete Development

Jillian is entering her third academic year with SAAS, she is responsible for working with Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country, and overseeing Swimming & Diving. She is also responsible for coordinating community service and the NCAA Student-Athlete Development programming, including community service for UT student-athletes to prepare them for life after sport.

Larimer Athletic Complex Room 2400J
Mailstop 203


Emily Patton
Assistant Director 

Emily is entering her first semester as Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Academic services. Emily will serve as Director of Football Academics and also work with Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis student-athletes. She will also work with the SAAS Summer Bridge program for all first year student-athletes, and the bookstore. Emily previously served as Assistant Director for student-athlete development at West Virginia University where she handled the day-to-day academic services for baseball, gymnastics and swimming and diving. A native of Poland, Ohio, Patton received a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Bethany College. She earned her master’s degree in education counseling and psychology from Missouri.

Larimer Athletic Complex Room 2400G
Mail Stop 203

Last Updated: 6/30/19