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Steve Savarese Announces Randal Beesley, Ken Washington Joining AHSAA Beginning June 1

            MONTGOMERY –Montgomery native Randal Beesley, a staff accountant with the State of Alabama   and Anniston School System teacher Ken Washington are joining the staff of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)..
            Both will begin with the AHSAA officially on June 1. The announcement was made Friday by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
            Beesley will serve as Chief Financial Officer. He is replacing Mrs. Sandy Logan, who is retiring June 30 after 42 years of service with the AHSAA. She joined the AHSAA staff in 1977. Washington is beginning a new Assistant Director position that will include working with Director of Officials Mark Jones as well as working with championship sports including the sports of basketball and track.
            “We are fortunate and delighted to have Randal Beesley and Ken Washington join our staff,” Savarese said. “Both are talented individuals who have a long history of service in the AHSAA as sports officials.  Both are men of high integrity, will be tremendous additions to the AHSAA staff and will enable us to better serve our member schools.”
            Beesley, who became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986, is a graduate of Auburn University-Montgomery.  He is currently an accountant with the General Services Division of the State of Alabama and has worked with the state since 2017. He spent 10 years with Alfa Mutual Insurance in Montgomery serving as supervisor of Real Estate Accounting. He has also been an AHSAA football official since 1988. He has served as booking agent and is the current president of the Mid-State Football Officials Association. He was the referee in the 1998 Super 6 Class 4A state Championship Game at Legion Field.
           “I have always had two passions,” Beesley said, “to be a football official and to work with the AHSAA. To say I am elated is an understatement. I love accounting, especially working in financial oversight, and I have always admired the AHSAA and what it stands for. I grew up in Montgomery and understand the important role of the AHSAA. I thank Mr. Savarese and the Central Board for giving me this opportunity.”
            Washington has been serving as a teacher and coach (football and track) in the Anniston City Schools system.  He also worked with Mark Jones at Jacksonville State University from 2012-2015 as the University Fitness Coordinator in the Recreational Sports Department.   He has been officiating basketball since 2005 – at all levels including high school, college and the NBA. He is currently a Division I basketball official in the Southeastern Conference, Sunbelt, Southern, Atlantic Sun and SWAC conferences.  He also worked in the AHSAA state basketball finals this past year. 
     “Joining the AHSAA staff allows me to give back what has been taught to me from my time working with the NBA and SEC. I have had some great teachers, and this is a great opportunity for me share what I have learned,” said Washington. “I look forward to working with Mr. Savarese and Mr. Jones and with the other great men and women at the AHSAA who are dedicated to providing the best programs and opportunities for the member schools and student-athletes in the AHSAA.”
    In addition to basketball, Washington has officiated the sports of football and volleyball.  The Mobile native played basketball at Davidson High School and received a scholarship to play at Faulkner State Community College. He then attended Jacksonville State University where he received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees.
     “Working with Ken at Jacksonville State, I know he will be a great addition to the staff of the AHSAA while contributing to the enhancement of officiating in Alabama,” said Jones.


 




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