About Us Student-Athlete Mentors, or SAMs, are student-athletes who want to make a difference in their teammates’ and other people’s lives. As part of the substance abuse program, at UAH, SAMs serve as a peer-to-peer resource for other students on their team to help make healthy choices. SAMs receive valuable training in alcohol and other drug-abuse prevention throughout the academic year and learn about educational and professional resources to support their efforts. SAMs have the opportunity to be leaders; make a difference in the lives of friends, teammates and peers; build skills; interact with other student-athletes and administrators; and assist in creating model prevention programs. They also create a safe, healthy atmosphere for teammates; provide leadership; promote healthy choices concerning substance abuse; give guidance on professional help with problem solving; improve interpersonal relationships; provide extra support for first year teammates; facilitate communication between coaches and athletes; and provide community services opportunities for teams and teammates. How to become a SAM SAM candidates are nominated by members the athletic campus community, given an overview of their responsibilities, and invited to join the program. Approximately two student athletes from each team are asked to be SAMs each year. Requirements: Attend meetings Share meeting information with teammates Volunteer for community service and campus events Help teammates find resources for problems Recognize risky substance abuse behaviors and patterns Suggest alternatives to abusive drinking and drug use Collaborate with SAMs from other teams to exchange ideas and offer support Resources for SAMs Jeff KinardDirector of Sports Medicine256firstname.lastname@example.orgSH Training Room Jonathan WilliamsSubstance Abuse Counselor256email@example.comMDH 136 Julie WoltjenDirector of Athletic Compliance256firstname.lastname@example.orgSH 205 Katie Rhodes, MSN, CRNPDirector of Student Health Services256email@example.comUC Room 203 Other sport-specific resources including coaches, trainers, teach physicians, and academic counselors. Meet our SAMs President: Luke MouldSport: BaseballClass: JuniorHometown: Athens, Ala. Vice President: Maria LawtonSport: TennisClass: JuniorHometown: Madrid, Spain Secretary: Moriah BayseSport: SoccerClass: SeniorHometown: Louisville, Ky. Communications: Shannon SteinertSport: BasketballClass: Redshirt JuniorHometown: Hoover, Ala. Communications: Drew EilandSport: BaseballClass: JuniorHometown: Auburn, Ala. Olivia BaumanSport: VolleyballClass: SophomoreHometown: Killen, Ala. Ashton BakerSport: VolleyballClass: JuniorHometown: Milton, Fla. Sara JarnaginSport: BasketballClass: SophomoreHometown: Brentwood, Tenn. Bruno MedeirosSport: TennisClass: SeniorHometown: Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil Jordan BelcherSport: TennisClass: SeniorHometown: Dayton, Ohio Katie BryantSport: TennisClass: JuniorHometown: Huntsville, Ala. Nicole BobrowskiSport: SoftballClass: SeniorHometown: Madison, Ala. Brianna SullivanSport: SoftballClass: SophomoreHometown: Madison, Ala. Heather PowellSport: Cross CountryClass: SeniorHometown: Daphne, Ala. Joey BemowskiSport: Cross CountryClass: SeniorHometown: Birmingham, Ala. Matt UrsprungSport: Cross CountryClass: JuniorHometown: Sugar Hill, Ga. Anderson WhiteSport: HockeyClass: SophomoreHometown: Caledon, Ontario Steven KosheySport: HockeyClass: SophomoreHometown: Trail, British Columbia Andrew IngramSport: SoccerClass: JuniorHometown: Rodenback, Germany Mitch WilsonSport: SoccerClass: JuniorHometown: Huntsville, Ala.