ORLANDO, Fla. – Former Tennessee State Track & Field coach Ed Temple was honored for his service and dedication to the U.S. Track &
Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) at the opening
session of the Association’s annual convention at the JW Marriot Grande
Temple, a former coach and professor at TSU for more than 40 years, was presented with the George Dales Award.
The George Dales Award is named in honor of longtime Western Michigan
coach George Dales for his relentless pursuit in the growth and
development of track and field and cross country over more than half a
century. This award is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to a
distinguished individual who, through their efforts, has enhanced the
profession of coaching track and field and cross country.
1950 graduate of Tennessee State University, Coach Temple served as
head women's track coach at Tennessee State University from 1953 to 1994
and became one of the greatest coaches in Olympic history. He helped
establish the U.S. as a women's sprinting powerhouse and served as head
coach of two U.S. Olympic teams (1960 and 1964), during which time his
athletes brought home 23 Olympic medals (13 gold, six silver and four
teams also won 34 national team titles and 30 Pan-American Games
medals. As the women's coach, Coach Temple laid a foundation for growth
in women's athletics, a boom that continues to this day.
44-year coaching tenure at Tennessee State University saw him coach and
mentor some of the greatest athletes in Olympic history, including
Wyomia Tyus, Wilma Rudolph and Willie White. Rudolph was the first
American woman of any race to win three track & field gold medals at
a single Olympic Games, while Tyus was the first woman to successfully
defend an Olympic 100-meter gold medal.
He was inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame in 1996. In addition
to coaching at Tennessee State, he coached the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team
in 1960 and 1964, and was an assistant on the 1980 team.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
(USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross
country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization
represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA
track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members
representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches
associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and
track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist
the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’
interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in
the sports of cross country and track & field.
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