SAAC Spotlight: Seattle Pacific's Hailey Marlow
Marlow is a point guard for the Falcons and was a 2021-22 GNAC All-Academic recipient.
Marlow is a point guard for the Falcons and was a 2021-22 GNAC All-Academic recipient.

Friday, May 12, 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: Hailey Marlow
Sport: Women's Basketball
Institution: Seattle Pacific
Year: Junior
Major: Business Finance and Marketing
Hometown: Spokane, Washington

Why did you choose to attend SPU?: I chose Seattle Pacific because after the first few phone calls with the coaches, I fell in love with the culture they were creating within the team. Once I went on my visit, it felt so natural and seemed like a good fit. I have also always loved Seattle, so everything seemed to be lining up perfectly.

What is your favorite class you have taken in college and why?: My favorite class that I have taken so far was my business statistics class. I have always been a big math girl and all of the content from that course just clicked in my head. The content itself really interested me.

How many years were you involved in SAAC?: Two years.

What made you want to be involved in SAAC?: When my old teammate asked if I wanted to join SAAC, I had no idea what it was or what to expect. I had been involved with groups and leadership throughout almost all of my time in elementary school, so I thought I would give it a shot and I have enjoyed it ever since.

What is your most memorable SAAC activity to date?: I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Division II National SAAC Conference last year. It was such an inspiring and fruitful conference where I got to meet some amazing people and brainstorm some cool ideas we could implement at our own school.

How do you feel participating in SAAC will help you in life after you graduate?: Having the chance to organize and work with students from different backgrounds will give me an amazing opportunity to hone my leadership and collaboration skills that I can apply to any future work place environment.
What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics?: Time management and communication with your professors is extremely important. I have found that most professors are very understanding when it comes to conflicts or due date extensions due to basketball as long as I have properly communicated with them ahead of time.
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome during your collegiate career?: I had developed pretty severe anxiety as a freshman in college, with several factors causing a lot of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed and mentally exhausted. It really affected my confidence not only as a player but as a woman, so being able to grow into who I am and learn to accept my emotions over the years has been a big step for me. As athletes, we are conditioned to strive for success in every capacity and to often not show weakness, so overcoming that stigma has really helped give me a better sense of empowerment and stability.
What does it mean to you to be a Division II student-athlete?: Being a Division II athlete has given me the amazing opportunity to have a mostly balanced athletic and academic life. Having more time for school and life things gives me a chance to work on setting up my future, enjoying my time with friends, while still being able to play the sport I love.
Who are your current mentors?: My coaches have been the biggest mentors in my life since I have started college. They have seen me at my lowest of lows and have stood by my side through everything, supporting and cheering me on each step of the way. They don't just view me as a player, they see me as a person who they want to help grow and truly succeed in life. They encourage and challenge me in the best way possible so that I can become the best version of myself.
What is your most memorable sports-related moment?: My most memorable sports-related moment was senior year of high school playing in the state semifinal game. I had never been to state before and we were not expected to go as far as we did, so it felt good proving people wrong. The game was tied with a few seconds to go and we had the ball, my teammate passed the ball to me and I started to drive to the hoop, but could see there wasn't a ton of openings. I dribbled down, did a step back to get my defender off and launched up a three and it went in as the buzzer went off. The stadium went wild, and it was one of the coolest feelings ever, winning the game and advancing to the championship game.
Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Mariners.
Favorite Athlete: Sue Bird.
What is one thing that people don't know about you?: I am a certified nerd. I love Harry Potter, marvel, anime, reading books, basically anything fantasy related. I love it.