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Ruffin Bell Named Cheyney University Athletic Director

June 29, 2012

Cheyney University Michelle Howard-Vital and Athletic Director Ruffin Bell at this summer's student awards program.

Cheyney University Michelle Howard-Vital and Athletic Director Ruffin Bell at this summer's student awards program.

It was recently announced that Ruffin Bell had been named Cheyney University's Athletic Director. 

Ruffin Bell joined the Wolves in December 2010 as the Interim Equipment Manager and was named interim Athletic Director in Fall, 2011. Previously, Bell was the athletic director/ head baseball coach at Baltimore City Community College. Prior to that appointment (2005-2007), he worked for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation as the National Administrator for the Badges for Baseball program.

Upon hearing the decision, Bell said, "I’m excited about the opportunity to continue working with and improving our athletic programs here at Cheyney.  We have great students and a great staff.  With the 175th anniversary of the University and continued support from Dr. Vital and alumni, I expect us to continue putting the right measures in place combined with a little elbow grease to make Cheyney a strong contender in the PSAC and NCAA."

Ruffin received a B.S. in English Media Management from Coppin State in 1999 and his Masters in Sports Administration from Grambling State in 2001. In the fall of 2003, Ruffin was presented with the Jeanette W. Shamwell Distinguished Service Award for exceptional contributions to the field of education by Dr. Cornell West.

Bell is an aficionado of black college baseball and was featured in the February 2004 Coaching Management Magazine, for starting BlackCollegeBaseball.com. Originally started as a hobby to keep up with baseball in the MEAC (Mid Eastern Athletic Conference) and SWAC (Southwest Athletic Conference) conferences,  BlackCollegeBaseball.com became a business and website about black college collegiate baseball.

A native of Baltimore, MD, Bell played baseball at Coppin from 1994-97 and was on it's 1995 MEAC Championship team. He was also the assistant coach at Coppin State from 2002-2006. He coached at Grambling State University and helped Coppin State start its Sports Management Program.

Bell replaces China Jude who became the Assistant Vice President of Athletics at  Queens College of The City University of New York in 2011.