Pruitt excels: GSU baseballer to represent school, SWAC

Congratulations are in order as Marlon Pruitt, a marketing major from West Bloomfield, Mich., who has been chosen to lead the Southwestern Athletic Conference Student Athletic Advisory Committee as their president.   

Marlon Pruitt

Marlon Pruitt

“I’m really honored. It’s a surreal feeling to not only represent my school but the conference as well,” said Pruitt.

A member of the Grambling State University Tigers baseball team led by head coach James Cooper, Pruitt will begin his senior year on the team beginning in August. 

“I believe that any time a person is placed in a situation where someone can win over his peers, it speaks volumes,” Cooper said. 

“If people are afraid of change, they should be afraid of Marlon Pruitt because he is going to do just that — bring change in a good way. 

“I think he will represent Grambling State University, the Southwestern Athletic Conference and his family well,” the coach said.

In addition to serving as president, Pruitt will also aid as the SAAC representative on the SWAC Sports Administrators Committee. 

The Southwestern Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is composed of two (one male and one female) student-athlete representatives from each SWAC member school. Selection of the committee comes from consultation of each conference school office liaison.

The purpose of the SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by protecting student-athlete welfare, promoting opportunity and fostering a positive student-athlete image. 

The committee aims to encourage sound academic practices for student-athletes, to represent SWAC student-athletes on the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, to actively participate in the governance of the SWAC, to provide leadership and a voice in the development of public attitudes toward intercollegiate athletics generally, to promote student-athlete participation in the legislative process, to address the future needs of the SWAC in a spirit of cooperation and mutual benefit of the member institutions, to stimulate good sportsmanship and to garner the support of athletics administrators, coaches and staff on initiatives important to student-athletes.