MHSAA taps long-time associate director Ricky Neaves to be next director

The Mississippi High School and Activities Association will promote long-time assistant director Ricky Neaves to be the association’s next director.

Neaves, who has served as associate director for the MHSAA since July 2011, will replace Don Hinton, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm of the organization, effective at the end of the calendar year.

The MHSAA’s Executive committee – which is made up of 15 school administrators from across the state – selected Neaves as Hinton’s successor in a Sept. 9 meeting.

“I want to thank the board for giving me this opportunity to serve the schools of the MHSAA,” Neaves said. “It’s a tremendous honor to be selected as Executive Director to carry on our tradition of athletics and activities.

“I pledge to work to enhance the experiences for our schools and students. I’d also like to thank my wife, Sandra, for her years of support. Finally, I’d like to than Mr. Hinton for giving me the opportunity to serve as associate director.”

Neaves should be no stranger to coaches and administrators.

In his current role, Neaves has overseen baseball, basketball, powerlifting, soccer, tennis and volleyball in addition to coordinating special eligibility rulings for students and officiating for all MHSAA sports.

Neaves joined the MHSAA after 32 years in education, where he served as a teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant principal in the Lee County School District.

He is a graduate of Saltillo High School and Delta State University and holds masters degrees in physical education from Mississippi State and administration from Ole Miss.

“Rickey Neaves is a quality person with more than 40 years of dedicated service to the young people of Mississippi,” Hinton said. “But most importantly, he is a man of the highest integrity and character. He will be a tremendous asset as a leader of our state high school association.”

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