Miles pictured in The Bugle 1907, Virginia Tech yearbook
|Born||June 21, 1879|
|Died||May 2, 1966(aged 86)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
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|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 Southern (1905)|
Clarence Paul "Sally" Miles (June 21, 1879 – May 2, 1966) was an American football and baseball player, coach, and college administrator. He served as the head football coach at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI)—now known as Virginia Tech—from 1905 to 1906, compiling a record of 14–3–2. Miles also was the head baseball coach at VPI in 1908 and 1913. He served as the school's athletic director from 1920 to 1934.
Known as "Mr. VPI," Miles spent nearly 59 years at Virginia Tech in a variety of capacities. His contributions have been recognized by the university by naming a playing field, a football stadium, Miles Stadium, that once stood directly behind the War Memorial Gym (where Payne Hall, Pedrew-Yates Hall, and New Residence Hall East, now stand), a professorship, and a building on the Virginia Tech campus in his honor. Miles died two weeks before the dedication of Clarence P. Miles Hall, a residence hall that houses 217 male students.
Miles' nickname "Sally" was a shortened form of "Salskinner," which he brought with him from high school. As an undergraduate, Miles was captain of the baseball team. As a graduate student, he was captain of the football team and was named to the first team of the All-Southern team as a tackle. Miles remained on campus to teach German (personal knowledge), chemistry,and to coach football and baseball. Miles' 1905 team is credited with VPI's first-ever victory over the Virginia. Virginia was so incensed by the loss that it refused to play Tech again until 1923.
Miles also served as athletic director, treasurer and dean of the college (then a combined version of a provost and admissions director). He helped organize the Southern Conference, serving as its president. Miles tried but failed to earn membership for Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech ultimately joined in ACC in 2004.
Miles was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.
Head coaching record
|VPI (Independent) (1905–1906)|
- Cox, Clara B. "Miles and Miles: Milestones". Virginia Tech Magazine. Retrieved November 10, 2015.