Temple's 10th: Legendary TSU track coach headed for another hall of fame

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 9:13pm
Staff reports

Make it 10 for Ed Temple.

This July the former Tennessee State track coach will be enshrined into his 10th hall of fame — the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Temple spent 44 years as a coach at TSU and was the head coach of two Olympic teams (1960 and 1964). The 84-year-old will join six Olympians, one Paralympian, one team, one veteran and a special contributor at an induction ceremony on July 12 at the Harris Theater in Chicago.

“I am excited to hear that Coach Temple has been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame,” former TSU Tigerbelle and current TSU women’s track coach Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice said. “He deserves it. We have put so many athletes into the Olympic games thanks to his hard work and dedication.”

After graduating from TSU in 1950, Temple coached until 1994. His Olympic teams won 23 medals —including 13 gold — 34 national team titles and 30 Pan-American Games medals. He also coached Wilma Rudolph, who was the first woman to win three medals at a single Olympics. Under his tutelage, Wyomia Tyus was the first woman to win consecutive gold medals in the 100-meter dash at the Olympics.

Forty members who received instruction from Temple and were members of the famous Tigerbelles teams have represented their countries in the Olympics.