UAH

Student Athlete Mentors

sams

About Us

sams-logoStudent-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 Kinard
Director of Sports Medicine
256-824-2196
kinardj@uah.edu
SH Training Room

Jonathan Williams
Substance Abuse Counselor
256-824-1416
jw0058@uah.edu
MDH 136

Julie Woltjen
Director of Athletic Compliance
256-824-7853
woltjenj@uah.edu
SH 205

Katie Rhodes, MSN, CRNP
Director of Student Health Services
256-824-6775
ksr0001@uah.edu
UC Room 203

Other sport-specific resources including coaches, trainers, teach physicians, and academic counselors.

Meet our SAMs

lukemould

President: Luke Mould
Sport: Baseball
Class: Junior
Hometown: Athens, Ala.

marialawton

Vice President: Maria Lawton
Sport: Tennis
Class: Junior
Hometown: Madrid, Spain

moriahbayse

Secretary: Moriah Bayse
Sport: Soccer
Class: Senior
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

shannonsteinert

Communications: Shannon Steinert
Sport: Basketball
Class: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Hoover, Ala.

dreweiland

Communications: Drew Eiland
Sport: Baseball
Class: Junior
Hometown: Auburn, Ala.

oliviabauman

Olivia Bauman
Sport: Volleyball
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Killen, Ala.

ashtonbaker

Ashton Baker
Sport: Volleyball
Class: Junior
Hometown: Milton, Fla.

sarajarnagin

Sara Jarnagin
Sport: Basketball
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn.

brunomedeiros

Bruno Medeiros
Sport: Tennis
Class: Senior
Hometown: Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil

jordanbelcher

Jordan Belcher
Sport: Tennis
Class: Senior
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

katiebryant

Katie Bryant
Sport: Tennis
Class: Junior
Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.

nicolebobrowski

Nicole Bobrowski
Sport: Softball
Class: Senior
Hometown: Madison, Ala.

briannasullivan

Brianna Sullivan
Sport: Softball
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Madison, Ala.

heatherpowell

Heather Powell
Sport: Cross Country
Class: Senior
Hometown: Daphne, Ala.

joeybemowski

Joey Bemowski
Sport: Cross Country
Class: Senior
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

mattursprung

Matt Ursprung
Sport: Cross Country
Class: Junior
Hometown: Sugar Hill, Ga.

andersonwhite

Anderson White
Sport: Hockey
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Caledon, Ontario

stevenkoshey

Steven Koshey
Sport: Hockey
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Trail, British Columbia

andrewingram

Andrew Ingram
Sport: Soccer
Class: Junior
Hometown: Rodenback, Germany

mitchwilson

Mitch Wilson
Sport: Soccer
Class: Junior
Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.