After the retirement of longtime Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Executive Director Steve Savarese this spring, the AHSAA Central Board of Control selected Alvin Briggs as the new executive director on May 25.
Briggs has been a member of the AHSAA executive staff since 2011 and will be just the fifth full time AHSAA Executive Director ever. He’s also the first person that to be named to the position that was already working on the AHSAA executive staff.
Briggs – a Greenville native – was a star defensive back for Greenville High in the 1970s and 1980s before becoming one of the top defenders in the SEC while playing at Auburn in the 1980s. After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, he would eventually return to his home state as a graduate assistant and eventually assistant coach at the University of North Alabama.
In 2001, Briggs was named head coach at Greenville High for four seasons and then spent five years as the head coach of Florence High School before leaving coaching as the AHSAA Director of Athletic Directors and Coaches Association. He held that position until 2018 when he was named associate executive director.
“I believe Mr. Alvin Briggs is the person who can meet the challenges the AHSAA will face in the coming years ahead with the same commitment to the AHSAA mission as the four executive directors that came before him,” AHSAA Central Board of Control President Van Phillips said in a statement.