GHSA adds Wright, Whittle as associate directors

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.’’

5 comments Add your comment

some sense

April 22nd, 2013
12:28 pm

Can’t have investigations w/out a bunch of investigators.

SportsTopFan(c)

April 22nd, 2013
6:41 pm

SportsTopFan(c) would like to congratulate the Georgi High School Association (GHSA) on the hiring of Carror Wright and Tommy Whittle as associate directors !!!

GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin and the GHSA should be commended for making this long overdue move.

Diversity in high school sports governing authority is very, very important.

Sports Top Fan loves high school sports.

hind tit

April 22nd, 2013
8:20 pm

More yes men.

Johnny412

April 23rd, 2013
6:38 am

Tommy Whittle got run out of GISA. Couldn’t keep the schools happy in GISA…might as well join them in GHSA

Paladin Death Dealer

April 23rd, 2013
6:43 am

Please stop the recruiting. Hire as many as you need but return the game to a level playing field. If not, have 2 divisions—(1) public schools where the players must reside in the schools district. No fake apartment rentals as is today where I have some furniture there and get my mail there but really don’t live there. (2) private schools and city schools and let them go get whoever it is they want. If they all operate under the same set of rules, let them go get players they want and they will be playing against folks who are doing the same thing so no one has an advantage.