About Us

Mission Statement

The Student-Athlete Resource Center (SARC) provides Division I student-athletes with the support to develop as independent and successful young adults and the skills to achieve their academic goals, to persist towards graduation, and to meet all NCAA eligibility requirements. SARC offers admissions counseling, academic advising, tutoring and mentoring, NCAA rules compliance and eligibility education, financial services support, and life skills programming to all of Sacramento State’s Division I athletes. SARC’s services and programming are provided in an assortment of ways, including: individual advising, orientations, group and team meetings, coaches’ compliance and rules education workshops, freshmen seminar classes, and various student development and academic workshops.

Staff

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Paul Edwards
Director

Email: edwardsp@csus.edu
Phone: (916) 278-7796

Paul was selected as the inaugural Director of the Student-Athlete Resource Center in March 2006. Prior to this he had served as the Coordinator of the Athletic Advising Program since 1992. Over the past two decades Paul has been involved in the academic support of Sac State student-athletes and has played key roles in helping the institution make the transition into Division I athletics. He holds his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and his Master's in Educational Administration.

Paul previously served as an academic assistant and peer advisor in several campus departments including EOP/Academic Achievement Center, the Academic Advising Center, the New Student Orientation Program, and Intercollegiate Athletics. He also worked in Admissions and Records during his time as an undergraduate.

A native of northern California, Paul is a two-time graduate of Sacramento State. He comes from a family dedicated to higher education at Sac State. His father, Tom, was a former associate dean; his mother, Cheryl, worked in Library Circulations; and his sister, Stephanie, was an assistant in Admissions and Records. The Edwards family has had a presence on campus since 1964, with all four receiving degrees from Sacramento State. Paul is married to a fellow Sac State graduate and elementary teacher, Susie, and has two boys, Tommy and Tyler.

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Laurie Dahlberg
Coordinator of Athletic Academic Services

Email: dahlbergl@csus.edu
Phone: (916) 278-5440

Laurie is responsible for providing comprehensive, professional academic advising and instructional support services to help ensure the academic success, retention and athletics eligibility of more than 450 student-athletes in all 20 varsity sports programs. She is also directly responsible for several programs including: 5th year scholarships; Athletic Summer school scholarships; the NCAA 6th year degree-completion scholarship; the Academic Progress Report system; and processing Student-Athlete graduation evaluations.

Laurie earned two degrees from Sacramento State: a BA in Communication Studies (1992) and an MA in Education (1998). While attending Sac State, she was a four year letterman in softball. After completing her BA, Laurie entered the private sector before deciding to return for her Master's. While a graduate student, she began working in the former Athletic Advising Program where she learned how to advise student-athletes about academics and NCAA eligbility, and about the relationships between the two. She was hired as a full-time counselor in January 1998. Laurie married her husband Tom in 2000 and they have two sons (Sean and Bryce).

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Mark McGushin
Coordinator of Life Skills and Student-Athlete Development

Email: mcgushin@csus.edu
Phone: (916) 278-5297

Mark has been with Sacramento State since 1997. Before becoming Life Skills Coordinator in 2002, Mark was the University's first full-time Compliance Coordinator. Mark earned his B.S. in Human Performance and M.A. in Sport Management from San Jose State University. Prior to coming to Sac State, Mark was a Compliance and Academic Advising Assistant at SJSU. Mark has also been an assistant coach at the collegiate level (baseball, women's tennis and women's water polo) and high school level (baseball and football).

Mark oversees the university's NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) which strives to help student-athletes achieve Academic Excellence, Athletic Excellence, Personal Development, Career Development and a Commitment to Community Service. In addition to coordinating the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, Mark provides advising support for student-athletes that exhibit additional academic needs.

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Katherine Zedonis
Athletic Compliance & Financial Services Director
Email: kzedonis@csus.edu
Phone: (916) 278-4537

Katherine Zedonis joined the Sacramento State athletics staff in the Spring of 2005 as the Director of Compliance and Student Athlete Services. In early 2006, Katherine was traded to the Student Athlete Resource Center (SARC) for "considerations to be named later" and is now the Athletic Compliance & Financial Services Director. Prior to her appointment, Katherine worked for University of San Francisco in a similar role. Katherine is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the athletics compliance office including monitoring and enforcing the guidelines of the NCAA and Big Sky Conference. She works with all the coaches, student-athletes and staff employed in the Athletics Department to ensure their compliance with NCAA rules. She also serves as liaison between the Athletic Department and the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships while administering athletic financial aid. Katherine is additionally responsible for investigating and reporting all violations of NCAA and Big Sky Conference rules.

Katherine attended UC Berkeley while earning a bachelor's degree in American Studies with a minor in Education (1999), and University of San Francisco while earning an MA in Sport Management (2004). While attending Cal, she was a letter winner in field hockey. Katherine married her husband Adam in 2004 and they have boy/girl twins (Austin and Amelia).

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Megan Riggs - Compliance Assistant
Email: megan.riggs@csus.edu
Phone: (916) 278-2644

As Compliance Assistant for the SARC, Megan works with the NCAA rules and regulations for all student-athletes, coaches, staff, boosters and fans.  Prior to her appointment, Riggs served two years as an intern with the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) in Kansas City, MO.

An alum of Sacramento State, Riggs graduated in 2010 with her degree in Kinesiology and was a four year member of the Women's Rowing team.  Riggs was named First Team All WIRA in 2009 and is a graduate of the NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement.

 

 

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Shannon Hall
Athletic Admissions & Initial Eligibility Coordinator
Email: smhall@csus.edu
Phone: (916) 278-6309

Shannon joined the staff in February of 2010 and she is responsible for the admissions of all student athletes. She also checks freshman NCAA eligibility and monitors it through the NCAA Eligibility Center. Additionally, Shannon is responsible for certifying NCAA transfer eligibility for all transfer student-athletes from community colleges or other four year universities. In that regard, she assists students with the actions they need to take prior to transferring to Sacramento State in order to be admissible and eligible to compete.

Before arriving at Sacramento State, Shannon spent almost 2 years at California State University, Fresno where she served as an Athletic Academic Advisor and SAAC Coordinator. Prior to Fresno State, Shannon worked at Sacramento State as an Admissions Counselor. Shannon attended California State University, Chico where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration (2005) and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication (2007).

In her spare time Shannon enjoys running, spending time on the Northern California coast and renovating their new house with her husband, Christopher Hall.  In September of 2012, they welcomed their first son, Wyatt to their family.

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Bob Shook
Football Retention Coordinator and Advisor
Email: bshook@csus.edu
Phone: (916) 278-2306

Bob Shook comes to Sacramento State from Cal State Bakersfield where he was hired to implement the athletic academic advising program as CSUB began their reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I. He later served as the Athletic Compliance Coordinator at CSUB during his three year stay from 2006-2008. Bob has more than 30 years experience as a football coach and academic advisor/counselor at the high school, community college, and university levels. His career began in 1971, but his Division I advising experience started at Fresno State in 1993 where he served as the Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Services. He then took a break from advising to get back into coaching and spent eight years at Sacramento State as an assistant football coach from 1995-2003. He then returned to Fresno State 2003-2006 for a second stint as the Academic Advisor for Football, Baseball, and Women's Basketball and Life Skills Coordinator. The SARC is happy to have Bob back as a Hornet!

A native of San Diego, CA, Bob graduated with his Bachelor's from UC Riverside where he played two seasons of football. He went on to earn Master's Degrees in Kinesiology (University of Eastern Washington) and Counseling (Washington State University). Bob is happily married to Jane and they enjoy living in Folsom, CA.