AHSAA Director Steve Savarese Publicizes Retirement Plans | Secondary faculty
Under his guidance, AHSAA enhanced its technology through components such as C2C and DragonFly to successfully lead the organization into the 21st century. The online eligibility component is one of the most advanced in the nation.
The AHSAA was also the first state association to join the NFHS network. Currently, more than 300 of the member schools have joined the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program and have broadcast more than 10,000 events live this school year.
During his tenure, the indoor track was also added as a sport in 2011, and bowling and esports were also added. Girls flag soccer will be added from 2021-22.
He also guided the AHSAA and its member schools through the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
“God has really blessed me,” said Savarese. “I appreciated every career opportunity that was offered to me, from Kansas to Alabama from Ensley to Benjamin Russell to Daphne and McGill-Toolen. I loved every school and community, but most of all my students. Students were the highlight of my career and these relationships remain honored and valued. I know I’m a better person because everyone I’ve worked with, the faculty, the administrators, and the support staff – especially the young people.
“The real servant in our family is my wife, Beth,” said Savarese. “For 45 years she has sacrificed so that I can pursue my professional dreams. She is absolutely the best wife I could ever ask about. She has shared this journey with me every step of the way – to thousands of events.