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Ed Temple

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Inducted: 1989, coach

Born: September 20, 1927 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

In his first two decades of coaching alone, Ed Temple compiled a coaching record that would be the envy of someone twice his age. As an undergraduate at Tennessee State University, he was an accomplished sprinter, running 9.7 in the 100-yard dash and 21.5 for 220 yards. After graduating from the college, he was pursuing his masters' degree in 1953 when he took a position as assistant women's track and field coach. That same year, he became head women's coach and gave the team the name "Tigerbelles." Under his tutelage, Tigerbelle athletes won 23 Olympic medals, 13 of them gold. His Olympic championship included Wilma Rudolph, Mae Faggs, Wyomia Tyus, Edith McGuire and Madeline Manning Mims, all Hall of Famers. His Tigerbelle teams were perennial national champions, capturing a total of 34 team titles, 16 indoors, 13 outdoors and five in junior competition. Temple was honored as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic women's team in both 1960 and 1964 and was an assistant coach in 1980. He was also head women's coach for the 1958 and 1959 dual meets between the USA and the USSR, and was also head women's coach at the 1959 and 1975 Pan-American Games. Since retiring from Tennesee State in 1993, Temple remained active in the city of Nashville. He is the author of Run Fast, Jump High and Only the Pure in Heart Survive.

undergraduate: Tennessee State (Nashville, Tennessee), 1950


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