Alfred B. Miles

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Alfred B. Miles
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1888-10-29)October 29, 1888
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
DiedMarch 18, 1962(1962-03-18) (aged 73)
Nashville, Tennessee
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1913–1916Middle Tennessee State
1919–1923Middle Tennessee State
1913–1924Middle Tennessee State
1913–1924Middle Tennessee State
Head coaching record
Overall36–14–4 (football)
27–6 (basketball)

Alfred Blackman Miles (October 29, 1888 – March 18, 1962) was a biology and physiology professor and an American football, basketball, and baseball coach for Middle Tennessee State University. He was its second football coach (and first "officially recognized"),[1] second baseball coach, and first basketball coach.

Early years[edit]

Alfred B. Miles was born on October 29, 1888 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Caswell Moore Miles and Eliza Howse Blackman.

College football[edit]

The 1914 football season led by Miles was its first undefeated season, with five straight victories after a tie with Cumberland.[1][2]

The First Fifty Years: A History of Middle Tennessee State College recalls this story of Jess Neely's days playing for Middle Tennessee State Normal and coach Miles: "Jess Neely, a brilliant half-back and a handsome man on the campus, is remembered for his popularity among members of the opposite sex and for an incident that occurred just prior to a football game with Southern Presbyterian in Clarksville. Miles had done an exceptionally good job in mentally preparing his team for the game. He climaxed the pre-game, locker-room exhortation with a soaring call for courage and deathless allegiance to "dear Ol' Normal." Neely was greatly affected by the words of his coach for he leaped to his feet and, roaring like an angry bull, led the team in a rush to the doorway opening to the field. He misjudged the extremely low entrance, and his head received the full impact of the strip of wall above the doorway. He was revived shortly before the kickoff, but he never quite knew where he was, frequently huddling and aligning himself with the enemy."[3] This was said to occur at a point near the 1917 season.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (Independent) (1913–1916)
1913 Middle Tennessee State 5–1–1
1914 Middle Tennessee State 5–0–1
1915 Middle Tennessee State 3–3–1
1916 Middle Tennessee State 5–2
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (Independent) (1919–1923)
1919 Middle Tennessee State 6–0
1920 Middle Tennessee State 4–1
1921 Middle Tennessee State 3–2–1
1922 Middle Tennessee State 2–6
1923 Middle Tennessee State 3–1
Middle Tennessee State: 36–14–4
Total: 36–14–4



Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Middle Tennessee State (Independent) (1913–1924)
1913–14 Middle Tennessee State 1–2
1914–15 Middle Tennessee State 2–2
1922–23 Middle Tennessee State 11–1
1923–24 Middle Tennessee State 13–1
Middle Tennessee State: 27–6
Total: 27–6


  1. ^ a b "100 Years of MTSU Football".[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Stone, India (June 20, 2003). "The Heritage of Champions" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Homer Pittard. The First Fifty Years: A History of Middle Tennessee State College. p. 73.
  4. ^ 2009 Middle Tennessee State Football Media Guide. Middle Tennessee Athletics. p. 167.

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