A need was identified to establish a state association after several athletic directors in the state joined the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as charter members and five athletic directors from South Carolina attended a NIAAA conference in December 1986. South Carolina was one of only two states without a formal organization for state athletic directors.

An organizational meeting was held in July of 1987 and the group voted to proceed to form such a state association. Ray Wilson took the position of Chairman and a committee was appointed to develop a constitution. In the fall of 1987 a letter was mailed to all athletic directors, asking them to join the association and to give $10.00 to help defray expenses. Forty-nine people responded. In the fall of 1989, John Carlisle called for the first meeting of all state athletic directors at the USC Coliseum. In 1989, support was expressed by Pete Ayoub, Executive Director of the SC High School League. By 1991 a constitution was adopted and John Carlisle was elected the first president. In 1992, a voting seat on the SC High School League Executive Committee was approved.

Since 1993 SCAAA has coordinated the Spring Conference for Athletics. The conference provides information and professional development courses for athletic directors. It brings all four Classifications together to meet and conduct business for the upcoming school year. The High School League holds its Legislative Assembly at this conference; the SC Athletic Coaches Association and the SC Association of School Administrators also participate in the conference.

SCAAA awards its Directors Cup to the school with the most outstanding athletic program in each Classification. A free professional development course is offered to new AD’s and SCAAA sponsors a Mentoring Program for them. In addition, the NIAAA courses offered at the Spring Conference have recently been accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, a regional Accreditation group like the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. Our quarterly online newsletter is sent to all athletic directors, principals, superintendents and legislators in the state.

SCAAA Presidents

  • 2020-21 Joe Monmonier, Hilton Head Island

  • 2019-20 Joe Monmonier, Hilton Head Island

  • 2018-19 Lauren West, Northwestern

  • 2017-18 David Byrd, Cheraw

  • 2016-17 David Byrd, Cheraw

  • 2015-16 Carlos Cave, Whale Branch

  • 2014-15 Travis Perry, Greer

  • 2013-14 Carroll Hester, Clover

  • 2012-13 Joe Quigley, North Myrtle Beach

  • 2011-12 John Cann, Landrum

  • 2010-11 Mike Beasley, Blackville-Hilda

  • 2009-10 Ben Freeman, Pelion

  • 2008-09 Jerry Linn, Beaufort

  • 2007-08 Tommy Johnson, Socastee

  • 2006-07 Myles Wilson, Spartanburg

  • 2005-06 Mike Barnes, Easley

  • 2004-05 Tim Touchberry, Fort Dorchester

  • 2003-04 Darryl Nance, Wade Hampton (G)

  • 2002-03 Donnie Woolsey, Easley

  • 2001-02 Debbie Smith, Crestwood

  • 2000-01 Dean Boyd, Marlboro County

  • 1999-00 Mark Crawford, Aiken

  • 1998-99 Jackie Hayes, Dillon

  • 1997-98 David Mesimore, Keenan

  • 1996-97 Bill Utsey, North Augusta

  • 1995-96 Barbara Wilkes, North Central

  • 1994-95 Ray Stackley, Stratford

  • 1993-94 Joe Turbeville, Irmo

  • 1991-93 John Carlisle, Eastside

SCAAA Executive Directors

  • 2016 – Present Jerry Linn

  • 1993 – 7/2016 John Carlisle

SCHSL Representatives

  • 2020-2022 Carlos Cave, Whale Branch Early College

  • 2018-2020 Joe Quigley, North Myrtle Beach

  • 2016-2018 Carroll Hester, Clover

  • 2013-2015 Darryl Nance, Wade Hampton(G)

  • 2006-2012 Jackie Hayes, Dillon

  • 2004-2006 Tim Touchberry, Fort Dorchester

  • 2000-2004 Donnie Woolsey, Saluda/Easley

  • 1997-2000 John Carlisle, Eastside

  • 1996-1997 Ray Wilson, Spartanburg

  • 1992-1996 Billy Ammons, Camden