Paul was selected as the inaugural Director of the Student-Athlete Resource Center in March 2006.
Prior to this he had served as the Coordinator of the Athletic Advising Program since 1992. Over the past
two decades Paul has been involved in the academic support of Sac State student-athletes and has played
key roles in helping the institution make the transition into Division I athletics. He holds his
bachelor's degree in Business Administration and his Master's in Educational Administration.
Paul previously served as an academic assistant and peer advisor in several campus departments including
EOP/Academic Achievement Center, the Academic Advising Center, the New Student Orientation Program,
and Intercollegiate Athletics. He also worked in Admissions and Records during his time as an undergraduate.
A native of northern California, Paul is a twice graduate of Sacramento State. He comes from a family
dedicated to higher education at Sac State. His father, Tom, was a former associate dean; his mother, Cheryl,
worked in Library Circulations; and his sister, Stephanie, was an assistant in Admissions and Records. The Edwards
family has had a presence on campus since 1964, with all four receiving degrees from Sacramento State. Paul is
married to a fellow Sac State graduate and elementary teacher, Susie and has two boys, Tommy and Tyler.
Phone: (916) 278-7796
Laurie is responsible for providing comprehensive, professional academic advising and instructional support
services to ensure academic success, retention and athletics eligibility of more than 450 student-athletes in all
20 varsity sports programs. She is also directly responsible for several programs including: the Sacramento State
5th year scholarships; Athletic Summer school scholarships; the NCAA 6th year degree-completion scholarship; the
Academic Progress Report system; and processing Student-Athlete graduation evaluations.
Laurie attended Sacramento State earning a BA in Communication Studies (1992) and a MA in Education (1998).
While attending school, she was a four year letterman in softball. After completing her BA, Laurie entered the
private sector before deciding to return for her masters. While as a graduate student, she began working in the
former Athletic Advising Program learning the trade of academic advising coupled with NCAA eligibility rules.
She was hired as a full-time counselor in January 1998. Laurie married her husband Tom in the year 2000, and
they have two sons (Sean and Bryce).
Phone: (916) 278-5440
Mark has been with Sacramento State since 1997. Before becoming Life Skills Coordinator in 2002, Mark was
the university's first full-time Compliance Coordinator. Mark earned his B.S. in Human Performance and M.A.
in Sport Management from San Jose State University. Prior to coming to Sac State, Mark was a Compliance and
Academic Advising Assistant at SJSU. Mark has also been an assistant coach at the collegiate (baseball,
women's tennis and women's water polo) level and high school level (baseball and football).
Mark overseas the university's NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success)
which strives to help student-athletes achieve Academic Excellence, Athletic Excellence, Personal Development,
Career Development and a Commitment to Community Service. In addition to coordinating the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program,
Mark provides advising support for student-athletes that exhibit additional academic needs.
Phone: (916) 278-5297
Katherine Zedonis joined the Sacramento State athletics staff in the Spring of 2005 as the Director of Compliance
and Student Athlete Services. In early 2006, Katherine was traded to the Student Athlete Resource Center (SARC)
for "considerations to be named later" and is now the Athletic Compliance & Financial Services Director. Prior
to her appointment, Katherine worked for University of San Francisco in compliance. Katherine is responsible for
the day-to-day operations of the athletics compliance office including monitoring and enforcing the guidelines of
the NCAA and Big Sky Conference. She works with all the coaches, student-athletes and staff employed in the athletics
department to ensure their compliance of NCAA rules. She also serves as liaison between the athletic department and
financial aid office, while administering athletic financial aid. Katherine is responsible for investigating and
reporting all violations of NCAA and Big Sky Conference rules.
Katherine attended UC Berkeley earning a bachelors degree in American Studies with a minor in Education (1999) and
University of San Francisco earning a MA in Sport Management (2004). While attending Cal, she was a letter winner
in field hockey. Even though Katherine was born in Sacramento, she was raised in Davis and considers it her home.
Katherine married her husband Adam in 2004 and in 2006 they adopted their first "child" - Shooter, a black lab mix.
In her spare time, Katherine coaches field hockey for a high school club team in Davis and hopes that some day the
athletic department at Sacramento State adds the sport of field hockey.
Phone: (916) 278-4537
Shannon is the newest addition to the SARC joining the staff in February of 2010. Shannon is responsible for the admissions of
all student athletes. She also checks freshman NCAA eligibility and monitors it through the
Clearinghouse. Additionally, Shannon is responsible for certifying NCAA transfer eligibility
for all transfer student-athletes from community colleges or other four year universities.
In that regard, she assists students with what needs to be done before they transfer to Sacramento
State in order to be admissible and eligible to compete.
Before arriving at Sacramento State, Shannon spent almost 2 years at California State University,
Fresno where she served as an Athletic Academic Advisor and SAAC Coordinator. Prior to Fresno State,
Shannon worked at Sacramento State as an Admissions Counselor. Shannon attended California State
University, Chico where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor
in Business Administration (2005) and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication (2007).
Shannon was raised in Auburn, California and is enjoying her time back in Northern California. In
her spare time Shannon enjoys running, spending time on the Northern California coast and planning
her wedding to her fiancé Christopher, this fall.
Phone: (916) 278-2644
Bob Shook comes to Sacramento State from Cal State Bakersfield where he was hired to implement the
athletic academic advising program as CSUB began their reclassification process from NCAA Division II
to Division I. He later served as the athletic compliance coordinator at CSUB during his three year
stay, 2006-2008. Bob has more than 30 years experience as a football coach and academic advisor/counselor
at the high school, community college, and university levels. His career began in 1971 but his
Division I advising experience started at Fresno State in 1993 where he served as the assistant
director of student-athlete services. He then took a break from advising to get back into coaching
and spent eight years at Sacramento State as an assistant football coach, 1995-2003. He then returned
to Fresno State 2003-2006 for a second stint as the academic advisor for football, baseball, and women's
basketball and Life Skills coordinator. The SARC is happy to have Bob back as a Hornet!
A native of San Diego, CA, Bob originally graduated with his Bachelor's from UC Riverside where he
played two seasons of football. He went on to earn Master's Degrees in Kinesiology (University of Eastern
Washington) and Counseling (Washington State University). Bob is happily married to Jane and they enjoy
living in Folsom, CA.
Phone: (916) 278-2306