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NCAA.com | September 10, 2014

Mike Aguirre: A life-long leader

Mike Aguirre had a unique career as a student-athlete that took him from the gridiron to testifying on behalf of fellow student-athletes before a Congressional committee before he even graduated.  

As a wide receiver for the Arizona State football team from 1996 to 2000, Aguirre exhibited prowess as a leader early and often by making multiple appearances in national print and television media to discuss student-athlete issues.  He left a legacy that endures today in helping to found the then-Pac-10 Athletic Conference’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee in 2000-2001.  

Nowadays, all 1,077 NCAA member schools and every conference have a SAAC that represents their respective student-athletes. The committees provide a way for student-athletes to offer input on Association rules, regulations and policies that affect them. Additionally, NCAA Divisions I, II and III have national SAAC committees representing student-athletes on a holistic basis. 

Aguirre served as the Arizona State’s SAAC chairman from 1999 to 2000 and was chair of the NCAA Division I SAAC from 2001 to 2002. It was during his tenure on the NCAA Division I SAAC that he went to Congress to testify before the Energy & Commerce Committee, solidifying his desire to remain involved in college athletics governance. 

Mike Aguirre
Arizona State
Football

ABOUT
Hometown San Diego, California
Current city Phoenix, Arizona
Degrees Arizona State, History (2000); Master's in higher and post-secondary ed. (2002), Doctorate in law (2005)
Job Attorney
Fun fact United States delegate, International University Sports Federation Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, 2002.
Later, Aguirre served as a delegate for the United States at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Forum in Cape Town, South Africa in 2002, and as a panelist on The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics’ A Summit on the Collegiate Athletic Experience in 2005.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 2000, Aguirre continued his education at his alma mater by earning two more degrees — a master’s in higher- and post-secondary education in 2002 and a law degree in 2005. Always the campus leader, he served as the managing editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, a nationally recognized legal periodical that serves as the primary scholarly publication of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State.

Aguirre is now a successful corporate attorney specializing in business finance with an international law firm. In 2012, he was recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona, and still actively follows the world of college sports – not only the games but current events in policy and governance.

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