Mentoring Services

The student athlete Mentor program at Virginia Tech is a culmination of active one-to-one relationships between student athletes, graduate students, and community volunteers. The mentoring relationships are formed to foster guidance and support for the academic and personal enrichment of selected Virginia Tech student athletes.

Mentors serve as the liaison between assigned student-athletes and their athletic academic counselor, and are required to: complete an orientation and screening prior to participation, commit for at least one semester, and attend at least one additional training during the semester. The Mentor program is intended to complement the mission of Student Athlete Academic Support Services.

The Mentor program provides a proactive approach to assist student athletes in adjusting to college life and academics, and/or maintaining acceptable college level academic performance. The goals are to strengthen student athletes' time management skills, assess their tutoring needs, monitor their academic progress, and to create a sense of belonging and a connection with the campus community.

SAASS mentors act as teacher, tutor, or friend to student athletes. The individual attention provided by a mentor introduce the student athlete to the following positive experiences weekly:


Mentors share their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom.


Mentors guide proteges in reaching academic, career, and personal goals.


Mentors stimulate curiosity and build confidence by presenting new ideas, opportunities, and challenges.


Mentors provide valuable opportunities by facilitating academic, career, and personal contacts.


Mentors encourage growth and achievement by providing an open and supportive environment.

Goal Setting

Mentors help protoeges discover talents and interests and define and attain their goals.

Role Models

By sharing stories of achievement with proteges, mentors can become role models.

Application Process

To learn more about becoming a SAASS mentor, please contact Nick Vaccaro at, or by phone at (540) 231-9986. All mentors will be expected to complete our orientation and screening before starting to mentor.

Applicant Pre-requisites

-The applicant MUST make a one semester commitment to mentor a student athlete.

-The applicant MUST attend at least one (1) additional training during the semester.