Legendary Tigerbelles coach Ed Temple honored at USA Outdoors
SACRAMENTO -- USA Track & Field honors the accomplishments and contributions of the legendary Edward Stanley Temple - a man who had a significant impact on the Tigerbelles legacy and in lives of dozens of Olympians. He was recognized at Hornet Stadium at 1:30 p.m. PST, Saturday, during USA Outdoor Championships at Sacramento State University.
Temple coached 23 Olympic medalists, 30 medalists in the Pan-American Games, as well as eight National Hall of Fame Inductees. His commitment was true not only to the athletic accomplishments of those he coached, but also to the value of education, which is evident in the 39 of his 40 Olympians, who have one or more college degrees.
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native was also a great athlete in his own right. He earned the distinction of All-City in track, football and basketball at John Harris High School before moving on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee Agricultural and Mechanical State College, where he also minored in Sociology.
Temple was at the helm as Team USA’s head women’s track & field coach for the Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and was named assistant coach for the Moscow 1980 Games among many other international team appointments.
His international leadership gained recognition, but Temple is best regarded as the legend who led and inspired the Tennessee State University women’s track & field program for 44 years before retiring after the 1993-94 academic year. His esteemed pupils include Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus, Madeline Manning, Martha Watson, Mae Faggs, Edith McGuire, Willye White and Chandra Cheeseborough amog many others.
In the 1980s, he was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and became chairman of the Amateur Sports Committee. He was also chairman of Nashville Sports Authority in the 1990s and remains a member of the International Women’s Track and Field Committee.
Among his many honors are inductions into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Helms Hall of Fame, the Tennessee State University Hall of Fame, the Harrisburg Central Area Chapter Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame and the Communiplex National Sports Hall of Fame.
Temple, a devoted husband for 57 years before his wife’s passing, is also a devoted father to two children, Bernard and Dr. Edwina R. Temple, and a devoted member of the Clark Memorial United Methodist Church.