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Erik Alanson is entering his second year as a part of Xavier's office of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS). He serves as an Athletic Academic Advisor and as the Life Skills Coordinator. During his first year, Alanson helped the Xavier student-athletes and the SAASS office achieve the highest student-athlete semester GPA in recorded history with an impressive 3.25 average during the fall of 2011.
Alanson is the athletic academic advisor for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, and men's and women's cross country and track, and women's golf. Alanson also coordinates the life skills program; oversees study tables; serves as the staff advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC); assists with NCAA continuing eligibility; and teaches PSYC 100 (Efficient Reading and Study Skills) and SPMG 141 (Issues Affecting Student-Athletes).
Before coming to Xavier, Alanson worked for a year at Miami University's Middletown campus where he served as an academic advisor working closely with the Thunderhawk athletic teams. He also served as a career counselor and career development instructor at MUM.
Alanson is a 2008 Xavier graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a former varsity men's soccer player for XU. He received a master's degree in college student personnel from Miami University in 2010.
Alanson played semi-professional soccer for the Cincy Saints in the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) during the 2010-11 winter season.