SAAC Spotlight: Maddie Stein

Get to know the KU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representatives each week through our SAAC Spotlight series. First up is Maddie Stein, a senior softball player from Oklahoma City. SAAC is composed of appointed representatives from each of KU’s 18 varsity teams and helps promote communication between faculty, administrators, coaches and student-athletes. SAAC members meet monthly to discuss ideas and issues pertinent to KU Athletics, the Big 12 and the NCAA.

SAAC Spotlight: Madison Brooke Stein
SAAC Position: Vice President
Class: Senior
Major: Sport Management 
Minor: Business
Team: Softball
Hometown: Oklahoma City

Why did you choose KU?
The tradition

How did you choose your major?
I knew that I would want to pursue a career in collegiate or professional athletics

What’s your favorite class you’ve taken at KU and why?
Sport Soc, and because I learned very interesting things about sports

Where is the best place to sit for lectures?
Middle of the pack

What advice would you give to incoming KU freshmen?
Enjoy every second of college!

What do you think is the prettiest place on campus?
The fountain

Most underrated place to study on campus?
Couches above the spiral staircase in Wagnon

What leadership skills have you learned while being a student-athlete at KU?
The ability to motivate people of all different types to a common goal.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from balancing the demands of being a Division I student-athlete and academics?
Be patient, and plan ahead!

Popular Culture
Favorite TV show…
Greys Anatomy

Favorite movie…
Gone Girl

Favorite singer or musical group…
Miranda Lambert

Favorite pro sports team…
Oklahoma City Thunder   

Favorite athlete…
Jessica Mendoza

The athlete I would most like to compete against…
Jennie Finch

Favorite athletic memory…
Regional Selection Show 2014

Team you’re most looking forward to competing against…
Any team from Oklahoma

Pre-game/match superstition/Pre-game/match ritual…
Put everything on left to right. Always wave to friends or family before the game.

In 10 years, I would like to be…
An associate athletic director of a department within athletics; hopefully marketing or student athlete development

Most prized possession…
My dog Dean

I would like to trade places for a day with…
Oprah Winfrey

Best piece of advice you’ve received…
To never let others determine what you can and can’t do.

If you could have dinner with any 3 people (alive or dead), who would they be?
My late Grandpa Chuck and God

Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend…
Not really an event, but I would really love to go attend/see the Aurora Borealis

Who tweets too much on your team?
Not anyone that tweets too much but Sophia Templin probably tweets the most I think???

Pop or Soda?

Cats or Dogs?

Early Bird or Night Owl?
Night owl