SAAC Spotlight: Montana State Billings' Ty Vohland
Vohland was a 2021 Academic All-GNAC recipient.
Vohland was a 2021 Academic All-GNAC recipient.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, uses this space to profile conference student-athletes who are members of their respective institutions’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition to providing feedback on the student-athlete experience, conference and institutional SAAC members also offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

Name: Ty Vohland
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Institution: Montana State Billings
Year: Junior
Major: Human Performance
Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon

Why did you choose to attend MSUB?: In the fall of 2019, I saw a soccer match where the Montana State Billings men's soccer team competed against Concordia Portland, a former member of the GNAC. I was instantly sold on the family spirit of the team. After I continued communicating with the coaches, I decided that Montana State Billings was going to be the place for me.

Who would your rate as your favorite professor to date and why?: Dr. Alex Shafer in the Health and Human Performance department has been an amazing professor and advisor. In all of his classes, he provides the basic knowledge needed but then also goes above and beyond to dive into topics that are more complex and interesting. I love to pick his brain on topics that peak my curiosity.
How many years were you involved in SAAC?: Three years.
What made you want to be involved in SAAC?: I was selected by my coach to be a SAAC member in my freshman year. I have progressively increased my involvement with SAAC, serving as vice president this year and president next year.
What is your most memorable SAAC activity to date?: The MSUB SAAC Field Day is always a fun event each year as well as themed nights, such as "white out" for sporting events.
How do you feel participating in SAAC will help you in life after you graduate?: Learning how to work in a group setting towards common goals is always a beneficial skill to have. Similar to how we have to work together as athletes within our sports teams, the same concept applies within SAAC, just in a slightly different context.
What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics?: The most important aspect of balancing athletics and academics is realizing which activities each day are taking up time without any real benefit. I think a lot of people spend hours each day scrolling social media without any real intent. If I ever catch myself doing that, I try to cut it out of my day so I can spend more time working on improving in sport or getting classwork done.
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome during your collegiate career?: I had a very unfortunate ACL injury last summer. It has been a humbling journey to say the least. My athletic trainer in high school always preached that everything happens for a reason and that is something I have taken to heart ever since, especially in the last year. Every setback is truly an opportunity for a comeback. I’ve been very grateful for the people that have helped me out along the way and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve.
What does it mean to you to be a Division II student-athlete?: The Division II experience to me is a lot about the personal connections and smaller community. Being able to build relationships with all of the different people on campus is a fun part of my experience as a Division II athlete.
What are your future goals after graduation?: Play professional soccer in the U.S. or somewhere around the world.
What is the best advice you would give to an incoming freshman?: Be confident in who you are and enjoy all the aspects of college athletics. You'll never know what tomorrow holds, so seize the moment.
What is your favorite sports-related moment?: My favorite sports-related moment would have to be my game winning assist on my collegiate debut game during the COVID-19 spring season.
Favorite Sports Team: Portland Timbers.
Favorite Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo.