The Georgia High School Association announced Monday the hiring of two associate directors, one who will be the association’s first African-American staff in more than 20 years.
Carror Wright, formerly the athletics director and head football coach at Southwest-Macon, was named the associate director for compliance.
A former president of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, Wright will be the first black staff member at the GHSA since the tenure of former executive director Bill Fordham, who retired in 1992. The GHSA now has 15 staff members.
Also hired Monday was Tommy Whittle, the vice president for interscholastics for the Georgia Independent School Association. Whittle will direct football, baseball and literary for the GHSA. He effectively will replace Dennis Payne, who is retiring.
Wright’s position, as director of compliance, is a new one, although it consolidates duties that were spread among other staff members. They include overseeing investigations of violations. Wright also will be a liaison to coaches and be a point person for sportsmanship initiatives.
GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin said that does not necessarily mean more investigations.
‘’There’s an awful lot of investigative work that goes on now,’’ Swearngin said. “Some gets high publicity. Some doesn’t. I’d think probably that if our school people have seen there’s a person there that they’ll be more active to shoot things his way.’’