AHSAA tabs Mark Jones as Asst. Director of Officials
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ahsaa.com) – Mark Jones, Jacksonville State University Director of Recreational Sports for the last 32 years, will join the executive staff of the Alabama High School Athletic Association as Assistant Director overseeing officials, Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Saturday.
Jones, who will be replacing retiring AHSAA Director of Officials Greg Brewer, has been serving Jacksonville State University and the city of Jacksonville in various roles since 1984. A city councilman since 2008 and a member of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2013, Jones has also served as a contest official for more than 30 years. He has officiated high school basketball, football and baseball during his career spending eight years officiating women’s basketball in the NCAA as well. He has also taught sports officiating classes at JSU for 28 years in multiple sports including football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and baseball.
“We are fortunate and delighted to have Mark Jones joining our staff,” Savarese said. “He is a talented individual of strong character who has been an outstanding contest official and mentor of officials in the AHSAA for many years. He has already been an important member of our AHSAA family while working in athletic administration at JSU and through his work as a teacher of sports officiating. Greg Brewer served the AHSAA for more than three decades. While we are saddened to see him retire, we wish him well and feel certain that Mark Jones will step in and aptly lead our more than 7,000 contest officials as well as becoming an important addition to the AHSAA family.”
Jones, the AHSAA East-Central District football director of officials since 2007, was also founder of the Mt. Cheaha Basketball Officials Association. He served as president and assignor for the East Alabama Basketball Officials Association and has been an AHSAA state football camp instructor for 14 years. He was a founding member and current treasurer of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame serving on the board for the past 11 years.
A 1978 graduate of Guntersville High School, Jones earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Jacksonville State in 1982 earning a double major in physical education and sociology. He completed his Master of Science degree in physical education at JSU 1984.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to accept this position with the AHSAA,” Jones said. “This is a dream job for me. Sports and officiating have been a substantial part of my entire life. I know it will be a challenge for me to maintain the standard that has been set by Greg Brewer. Because of Greg, officiating in Alabama is well respected across the nation.
“I want to thank Jacksonville State University for the opportunity to serve as Director of Recreational Sports the past 32 years. Jacksonville has been my home since 1978 when I entered JSU as a freshman. I am looking forward to this new challenge.”
Among his many duties at Jacksonville State, Jones has been building manager for Stephenson Hall and Pete Mathews Coliseum and facilities manager for outdoor playing fields and tennis courts. He has also been judicial coordinator and served on JSU’s Budget Committee, Personnel Council, Athletic Council, University Forum and the school’s Wellness and Alcohol and Drug Abuse committees. He also served as Northeast Regional basketball tournament coordinator for the AHSAA since its inception in 1994.
Brewer, the senior member of the current AHSAA executive staff, announced his retirement plans last April. He will officially step down August 31. Jones will join the AHSAA beginning July 25.