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Clifton Huff To Be Inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has released the 2014 CIAA Hall of Fame Inductees and amongst the list, Clifton Huff’s name garners the distinct honor. The inductees will be honored during the 2014 Hall of Fame breakfast on February 28 during the CIAA basketball tournament in Charlotte, NC.

Huff began his Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) journey as a student-athlete at Livingstone College. Huff was a standout track & field athlete earning numerous conference, regional and national honors. Still holding several school records, Huff was named a Blue Bear three-time MVP. In 1984, Huff made another great stride in his career where his finish in the decathlon met the standards for the 1984 USA Olympic Trial and also put another notch in the Livingstone record books. Huff graduated from Livingstone in 1985.

In 1991, Huff assumed the position as head track & field coach where he astounded Livingstone to deem himself as an LC Hall of Famer.  Huff was responsible for the development of the 2004 NCAA Division II men’s 200m dash national champion and the runner up in the 400m run. In addition, he also guided the development of 39 NCAA Division II All-Americans, 103 All-CIAA performers and 28 CIAA individual champions. His teams were CIAA runners-up 19 times with five Livingstone College teams finishing among the top 20 in the NCAA Division II national rankings. As a coach, Huff was named the CIAA Coach of the Year four times.

Huff not only served a head coach for the Blue Bears he also played a major role as an administrator. Spending 11 years as the Director of Athletics for Livingstone, Huff was named the CIAA Athletic Director of the year. He received several honors such as the Jeannette Lee Athletic Achievement Award in 1997 and 1998. In 1998, he received the Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award. He also served as the First Vice-President of the CIAA Conference Offices from 2005-07 and the President of the CIAA Athletic Director’s Association from 1999-2002.

Prior to his tenure at Livingstone, Huff spent time at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Huff served three years as Grambling State University’s Director of Compliance and Operations. After spending time in Louisiana, for two years Huff served as the Senior Associate Director for Operations and Compliance at Florida A&M University.

In 2012, Huff came back to the CIAA and joined the Winston-Salem State University Rams where he is the academic advisor and assistant track & field coach.

With all of Huff’s accomplishments at Livingstone, he was inducted into the 2006 Athletic Hall of Fame. His accomplishments in the CIAA garnered him one of the CIAA 100 Greatest Athletes & Coaches. He landed at the number 55 position.

Clifton Huff joins Anthony Boggan (St. Augustine’s University/Men’s Basketball), Lawrence “Peaches” Coleman (St. Augustine’s University/Men’s Golf), Harold Deane (Virginia State/Men’s Basketball), Stephen Joyner, Sr (Johnson C. Smith/Men’s Basketball), Dr. Walter Lovett, Sr (Virginia State-Hampton/Football) and Bob Moorman (Hampton-CIAA/Football & Administration) as honorees for 2014.

The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the CIAA, significant contributions in the community, leadership in CIAA sports and commitment to the CIAA mission. The induction is part of the 2014 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament events taking place February 25 – March 1, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C. Individual seats and tables of 10 for the Celebration Breakfast are now on sale and can be purchased by calling (757) 865-0071. Net proceeds from the CIAA Tournament and its sanctioned events go to its 12 member-institutions for scholarships for student-athletes and the student body at-large.

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