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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

JACK CROWE

Jack Crowe’s coaching career has spanned over 39 years and 13 conference championships. A native of Birmingham, AL, Crowe has coached at some of the top football programs in the country, and spent 27 years coaching in the state of Alabama. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, honors, and recognitions for his outstanding leadership and community contributions, he retired from coaching in 2012 and returned to his educational roots. He had graduated from UAB in pre-med and during a three-year coaching sabbatical (1996-99) he served as the Executive Director of the American Sports Medicine Institute.

In 2013 he formed the CoachSafely LLC as a consulting organization for developing youth sports safety policy, education, research and community outreach. He became a Co-Chair of the National Council of Youth Sports Safety in 2014 and toured the nation advocating for youth sports safety. In 2015 he initiated a pilot program in Trussville, AL that mandated every volunteer coach of child athletes take a course in sports injury recognition and prevention (a course he had developed along with the Andrews Research and Education Foundation).

In 2016 he led an advocacy for a House Bill in the Alabama State Legislature to mandate the course statewide. The Bill became the first state law of its kind in the United States in April of 2018. Called the Coach Safely Act, the landmark law is implemented, administered and enforced by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Crowe also helped create the 2019 ARPA/CoachSafely Initiative, a coach training and injury reporting joint venture that includes the CoachSafely Foundation, the Alabama Recreation and Parks Foundation and the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association.

JACK CROWE

Founder & Chairman

DREW FERGUSON

Drew Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Following graduation, Ferguson worked as an Athletic Trainer for the World Football League from 1974-1975. Along with Dr. Kurt Niemann, he co-founded the Sports Medicine Institute of Alabama (now Children’s of Alabama Sports Medicine) in 1975, where he has served as Clinic Director for 45 years. 

During his tenure as Director of Sports Medicine, Ferguson has participated in numerous notable programs and events in Birmingham and beyond, including: 1975-1982 – Head Athletic Trainer for Coach Gene Bartow and UAB Athletics; 1979 – US Olympic Basketball Athletic Trainer at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; 1996 – Athletic Trainer for the US Olympic Track and Field Teams for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA; 2017 – Medical Director of the US Senior Games in Birmingham, AL; 2017 – Medical Director of the Maccabi Games Jewish Olympics in Birmingham, AL

He also has held numerous positions on local, state and regional committees for Athletic Trainers, healthcare professionals and youth sports safety advocates: 1994-1995 – Secretary/Treasurer of the Alabama State Board of Athletic Trainers; 1995-2008 – Chair of the Alabama State Board of Athletic Trainers; 2010-present – Member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Medical Advisory Board; 2010-present – Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Alabama Concussion Task Force

Ferguson has been actively involved in public health legislation, from the 1993 Athletic Trainer Licensure Act to the 2011 Statewide Concussion Law to the 2018 Coach Safely Act. Ferguson has received numerous awards and honors for his advocacy and service to his state and community involving youth sports and was inducted into the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

DREW FERGUSON

President

James Andrews, MD

Doctor James R. Andrews is one of the founding members of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also cofounder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), a non-profit institute dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopaedic and sports medicine. He is President and Chairman of the Board of the Andrews Research and Education Foundation, also dedicated to prevention, education and research at the Andrews Institute. He has mentored more than 314 orthopaedic/sports medicine Fellows and more than 84 primary care sports medicine Fellows who have trained under him through these Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs.

James Andrews, MD

Medical Director

Bill Clark

Bill Clark is the head football coach at UAB, where he brought the program back from a two-year hiatus and has taken it to new heights. His record in four seasons at UAB is 34-19, and he is 45-23 in five seasons as a Division I head coach. A year after guiding UAB to a school-record eight wins in 2017 – and being named Conference USA Coach of the Year and CBS Sports National Coach of the Year – Clark and company surpassed those accomplishments in 2018. The Blazers won their first Conference USA title by defeating Middle Tennessee 27-25 on the road in dramatic fashion. UAB then earned the program’s first bowl victory by defeating Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl to finish with the program’s best record at 11-3. Clark was named Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year and, for the second straight year, CBS Sports National Coach of the Year.

Clark and UAB continued their winning ways in 2019. They won their second straight C-USA West Division title, played in their second straight Conference USA Championship Game and earned their third straight bowl invitation, this time to the New Orleans Bowl.

Clark also has extensive experience as a high school coach, including nine years as the head coach at Prattville (AL) High School, where his successful tenure ended with back-to-back Class 6A state championships.

Bill Clark

Vice President

James C. Lee III

Mr. James C. Lee, III also known as Jimmy, serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Buffalo Rock Company. He currently serves on the boards of the American Beverage Association and the Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and is President of the Vestavia Park Foundation. He is past president of Children’s Hospital Foundation Board and of the Auburn University Athletic Development Council.

James C. Lee III

Vice Chairman

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. David Satcher

16th U.S. Surgeon General

Terry Slaughter

Founder of Devote Studios, Brand and Promotion Expert

Dr. Jimmy Robinson

University of Alabama Team Doctor

Dr. Reed Estes

Children’s of Alabama, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, UAB Team Doctor

Dr. Mike Goodlet

Auburn University Team Doctor

Dr. Ken Elmer

Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Beverly Jordan

Physician
Enterprise, Alabama

Dr. Lynn Artz

formerly Senior Prevention Policy Advisor, ODPHP, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Paul Henderson

President of Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.

Ryan Allan

Chief of Cyber Security/ Office of Information Technology State of Alabama

Wayne Moss

Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports

Izell Reese

President and GM, Reigning Champs Experiences

Margaret White

Public Relations Alabama Power

Steve Savarese

Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletics Association

Natalie Norman

Executive Director of the Alabama Recreation and Park Association

Dana Marquez

Associate Athletic Director Auburn University