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.

Paul Edwards, Director


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.

Laurie Dahlberg, Coordinator of SARC


Phone: 916-278-5440


Laurie serves as the SARC's work lead for the Director and she is responsible for coordinating the Athletic Academic Services area within the SARC, as well as serving as overall lead for the day-to-day activities, programming and services provided by the Student Athlete Resource Center.  She provides lead to the other SARC staff and oversight in 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 21 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; and the Academic Progress Report (APR) system. Laurie earned two degrees from Sacramento State: a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies (1992) and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies (1998). While attending Sac State, she was a four-year letterman in softball. Laurie and her husband, Tom, have two sons (Sean and Bryce).

Mark McGushin, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development, Admissions & Initial Eligibility


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.

Jenna Paulk, Student-Athlete Success Specialist


Phone: 916-278-2306


Jenna is a native of northern California who has returned to the area after spending 10 years in Georgia.  She comes to Sacramento State from her alma mater Kennesaw State University where she worked for 2.5 years as an athletic academic advisor with men's & women's track & field, softball, men's & women's golf and assisting with the supervision of the tutoring/mentor program.  Prior to that, she attended graduate school at Georgia State University where she served as a graduate assistant in Student-Athlete Development working with football for 2 years.  She graduated with a BS in Exercise & Health Science in 2010 from Kennesaw State University and earned her MS in Exercise Science from Georgia State University in 2016.  She is a former softball student-athlete and was inducted into the KSU Circle of Honor in 2016 which recognizes those whose special contributions have helped shape the foundation of the softball program.  Jenna and her husband, Thaddeus, have a daughter, Alanya.


Bethany Crouch, Student-Athlete Development and Success Coordinator


Phone: 916-278-6309


Bethany is responsible for overseeing the University's NCAA Life Skills Program 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 this program, she will also assist in general advising, admissions and initial eligibility of all student-athletes.  Bethany has been on campus since the fall of 2008, as she was a valuable member of our gymnastics program.  She graduated with a Communication Studies degree and a double minor (Coaching and Marketing) in 2013 and earned her MA in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco in 2015.  While in graduate school, Bethany worked in many different areas within Hornet Athletics, from the Ticketing Office to Development.  She joins the SARC team with a variety of higher education job experiences that will serve her well in this position.  Bethany met her husband Aaron (a former Hornet baseball player) while attending Freshman Orientation which proves that orientation can be life changing !

Dr. Maureen Smith, Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR)/IAAC Chair


Phone: 278-6237


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