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Miles College Athletics Honored by Birmingham City Council

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January 29, 2020 
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Ashley J Sutton
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Miles College Athletics Honored by Birmingham City Council
FAIRFIELD, Al - The Miles College athletic department was on full display Tuesday, January 28, 2020 as the football and men’s basketball programs were honored by the Birmingham City Council.
During this week’s council meeting in front of a strong contingent of Miles student-athletes, coaches, and supporters, councilpersons Stephen Hoyt (District 8) and Cynthia Smitherman(District 6) jointly recognized head football coach and athletic director Reginald Ruffin and head men’s basketball coach Fred Watson for leading their programs to Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. Hoyt and Smitherman presented Ruffin and Miles College President Bobbie Knight with a resolution from the City of Birmingham commending the accomplishments over the past year.
“This is a blessing for Miles College, and we’d like to thank Councilman Hoyt and Councilwoman Smitherman for this honor,” said Ruffin. “As coaches and administrators, we don’t work for the accolades. But the City of Birmingham has been gracious in recognizing what these young men and the coaching staffs have done. It spotlights the work that everyone does to put our athletic department in the position to succeed.”
Ruffin and the football program just completed one of the most successful decades in the history of Miles College and the SIAC. In nine seasons at the helm of the Golden Bears, Ruffin has led the program to four SIAC championships as well as an additional SIAC Championship game appearance. The school has also made two NCAA postseason appearances. Last season, Miles became the first team to win consecutive SIAC titles since the league went to a divisional format in 2011. The wins tied the school record for victories in a single season and the team netted its second-ever trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs. Ruffin earned his third SIAC Coach of the Year award.
Ruffin also recognized the athletic department for winning the school’s first SIAC Commissioner’s Cup for men’s sports in 2019, which counts all of the team athletic results during an academic year, and that Miles boasted the most successful overall academic prowess in the conference. The Golden Bears dominated the All-Academic Awards for the past campaign, with five teams earning top honors in their sport, 17 student-athletes being named to the All-Academic team and nearly 100 more student-athletes joining them on the Commissioner's All-Academic team. 

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