Today, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) named their new executive director—former Auburn football player and current associate executive director Alvin Briggs. This July, he’ll be making history as the first African-American AHSAA executive director.
From an SEC championship to making history as the first African-American AHSAA Executive Director
Athletics have always been a part of Alvin Briggs’ life. His career spans decades of athletic experience, from playing football to serving as AHSAA’s associate executive director.
From 1979 to 1982, he started for Greenville High. After high school, Briggs moved on to play as a defensive back at Auburn. He intercepted nine passes and helped the Tigers win an SEC championship in 1987.
Briggs went on to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and played one season in the NFL. After his time playing pro football, he joined the University of North Alabama for 10 years as an assistant coach.
In 2001, he returned to his own high school to become Greenville High’s head coach. In 2011, Briggs became the director of the AHSAA athletic directors and coaches association. He was promoted to his current position, associate executive director, in 2018.
Now, he’s making history as the association’s first African-American executive director.
Steve Savarese leaves behind a legacy
Current AHSAA Executive Director, Steve Savarese, is retiring this July after serving in the position since 2006. Throughout his time as the Executive Director, he launched initiatives to mold student-athletes into student leaders.
From creating the AHSAA Student Leadership Conference to develop athletes’ skills to leading the association through the pandemic, Savarese has exemplified what excellent leadership looks like.
Congratulations on the promotion, Alvin!
AHSAA announced Alvin as the new executive director at a press conference this morning. A seven-member search committee recommended him to the full Central Board for approval. He’ll be AHSAA’s fifth full-time director.
“My prayer is I can lead the Alabama High School Athletic Association to new heights.”Alvin Briggs, AHSAA Executive Director