BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Vanderbilt’s Larry Austin, Jr., and Kentucky’s Alyssa Rice have been voted chairs of the Southeastern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Leadership Councils, it was announced Thursday by the league office.
Austin, who will serve as men’s chair, and Rice, who will serve as women’s chair, were selected by a vote of their peers at a meeting of the SEC Basketball Leadership Councils in Birmingham. One male representative and one female representative from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions comprise the two councils.
“I’m really honored and blessed to be able to have this opportunity to represent not only our men's basketball program and Vanderbilt University, but also to represent the SEC,” said Austin, Jr. “I believe this opportunity will continue to help me grow and become a better leader
In addition, a vice chair was named for each council. Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree will serve as men’s vice chair, while Florida’s Haley Lorenzen will serve as women’s vice chair.
“The basketball council representatives voted four outstanding individuals to represent them as chair and vice chair of their councils," said Misty Brown, SEC Director of Student-Athlete Engagement. "Alyssa Rice, this year’s Chair of the Women’s Basketball Leadership Council has been involved in a leadership role on the council over the past year while serving as vice chair. She participated in the Autonomy 5 meeting and SEC Spring Meetings this past June. Due to her role as chair of the Women’s Basketball Leadership Council, she will represent the Conference as an SEC autonomy representative during the NCAA Convention in January.
"Larry Austin, chair of the Men’s Basketball Leadership Council is new this year; however, he has shown great leadership amongst his peers and understanding of the Council and its purpose. Both the chairs and vice chairs, Haley Lorenzen of Florida and Breein Tyree of Ole Miss have shown great passion for leading their peers on issues related to basketball in the SEC. I’m excited to work with them throughout the legislative process while continuing to cultivate their leadership ability.”
Austin, Rice, Tyree and Lorenzen will attend a portion of the SEC Spring Meetings in May, and part of the group will attend the SEC Athletics Directors meeting in March.
In 2016, the SEC introduced new Student-Athlete Leadership Councils in the sports of football and men’s and women’s basketball in which, in addition to the conference’s longstanding Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), provide student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference office staff.