The AHSAA is mourning the death of long-time football official Sam Short of Vestavia Hills. Short passed away Sunday. “Sam Short played an integral role in mentoring high school officials in Alabama and across the nation,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our heart and prayers go out to his family. His leadership has helped AHSAA officials become some of the best in the nation. Sam Short dedicated most of his life to high school athletics and officiating within the Alabama High School Athletic Association. A great friend to us all, he will be sorely missed.” A consummate professional who spent more than four decades as a teacher, coach and administrator in the AHSAA, Short served as state rules interpreter and state camp administrator for many years during his tenure. He, along with former AHSAA Director of Officials Greg Brewer, established most of the AHSAA state camps and training. Mr. Short, a longtime football, basketball and baseball official, worked numerous state championships in all three sports in the AHSAA. He was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame (2007), the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame (1993) and most recently, was inducted into the Alabama Sports Officials inaugural Hall of Fame last August. No details concerning funeral arrangements are available at this time. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.