December 21, 2021
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TUSKEGEE, Alabama – Tuskegee University has announced the appointment of Reginald Ruffin as new athletic director and head football coach. Ruffin is the former athletic director and head coach of Miles College.
Ruffin’s appointment comes at a crucial time as the sports department gears up for the upcoming football recruiting season. Ruffin’s leadership will get Tuskegee off to a quick start this spring.
âWe are delighted to see Reginald Ruffin return to Tuskegee,â said President Charlotte P. Morris. “He has proven himself to be a leader in SIAC football, and we can’t wait for him to take our program to the next level.”
Ruffin returns to Tuskegee after completing one of the most successful decades in the history of Miles College and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In nine seasons at the helm of the Golden Bears, Ruffin led the program to four SIAC Championships and one additional appearance in a SIAC Championship game. The school also made two NCAA playoff appearances. In nine seasons, Ruffin has won over 60% of his games, with an overall record of 59-39, and has been named SIAC Coach of the Year three times.
Ruffin spent five seasons at Tuskegee as a defensive coordinator and linebacker coach from 2006-10. As a defensive coordinator at Tuskegee, Ruffin achieved the highest score in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) in 2007. in 2009.
Prior to his first stint with the Golden Tigers in 2002-03, he was athletic director and football head coach at Choctaw County High School in Butler, Alabama. Other stops included trips to West Georgia, its alma mater, North Alabama, and Jackson High School in Jackson, Alabama.
Ruffin graduated in 1998 from the University of North Alabama and holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During his days as an UNA player, he became the Lions’ second All-American three times and is the only Lion to be named All-America in two different positions: a defensive end in 1995 and 1996 and a linebacker in 1997. A four-year-old starter, he set an academic record with 34 career sacks and the school record for sacks in a single season with 11 in 1994. During his career, the Lions had a 43 record. -9 and won two National Division II Championships. In 2020, he was inducted into the UNA Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1994, Ruffin was named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year. In 1995, he was selected to the First Team of the All-Gulf South Conference, to the First Team of the CoSIDA NCAA Division II All-South Region, to the Third Team of the CoSIDA NCAA Division II All-American, in the third team of the CM Frank All-American and with an honorable mention. All-American Football Gazette in 1996. Ruffin was selected to the All-American Second Team in 1996 by the Associated Press, CoSIDA, Football Gazette and All-Gulf South Conference and the CoSIDA All-South Region First Team. In 1997, he was selected to the All-American First Team by the Associated Press, the Football Gazette, the American Football Coaches Association and to the Second Team by Daktronics as a linebacker.
Ruffin is the father of a son, Gabriel.
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