NASHVILLE, Tenn. – USA Track and Field (USATF) honored a legendary coach that put Tennessee State track and field on the map by making coach Ed Temple the first USATF Legend Coach.
The award is sponsored by the Coaches Advisory Committee and was created to recognize coaches who in a long career of service to USATF were successful at the Olympic/World Championship Podium Level.
Coach Temple has had the most medalists of any coach in USA track and field history at the Olympic level and is certainly well qualified to be the first coach recognized with this new award.
He has been a long time member of the International Women's Track & Field Committee and a past member of the U.S. Olympic Council. Temple was also head coach of the U.S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Team twice, in 1960 and 1964, and an assistant coach on the 1980 team that boycotted the Olympics in Russia.
Temple was head women's track and field coach at Tennessee State University for 44 years. During his coaching career at Tennessee State University, forty members of the famed Tigerbelle teams have represented their countries in Olympic competition. Coach Temple has led the team to 34 national titles, and eight Tigerbelles have been inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, including Wilma Rudolph, Edith McGuire, Wyomia Tyus, and Chandra Cheeseborough, the current coach at TSU.
Temple has been inducted into at least nine Hall of Fames, including one from his alma mater Tennessee State University.