Dr. Ralph Swearngin
Dr. Ralph Swearngin is the retired Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association and has devoted his 30-year career to the achievements of college and high school students in Georgia. When he pushed forth the GHSA alliance with AAASP in Fall 2001, not only did he pave the way to serve a greater population of Georgia’s students, but also has helped fuel the youth Adapted Sports movement across the nation.
Since 1992, he has been instrumental in bringing Georgia to the forefront of progressive interscholastic athletics as the GHSA’s retired Executive Director and former Commissioner of Officials and Deputy Director.
Prior to being GHSA Executive Director, Swearngin was a Professor and basketball and baseball coach for 20 years at Point University in East Point, Georgia. He was a football official in Georgia and California for a span of 22 years, and he is a noted author and speaker in the areas of coaching and officiating.
Swearngin is a recipient of the 2001 National Federation Citation Award, and a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Directors’ Association Hall of Fame. Also, in 2014, Swearngin received the Atlanta Falcons Lifetime Achievement Award for High School Football. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Educational Psychology, and his bachelors and masters degrees from Whittier College in California.
Swearngin was a member of the National Federation Football Rules Committee, and a former member of the National Federation Softball Rules Committee.