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Edward Temple
VHFP Visionary


Born in Harrisburg, PA on September 20, 1927

Former Olympic Track and Field Coach








BIOGRAPHY
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on September 20, 1927, Mr. Temple was an All-City athlete in basketball, football, and track at John Harris High School. After graduation, he attended Tennessee State University where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in health and physical education. During his junior year of college he met Charlie B. Law whom he married the following year. The summer after his senior year, Mr. Temple became the head coach for the women’s track team at Tennessee State, a position he held for 44 years.

Mr. Temple began his coaching career with three runners and a budget of $150. In the first year they competed in one meet. He went on to coach three U.S. Women’s Olympic Track Teams, the Pan American Games in 1959 and 1975 and the 1975 USA versus China competition. Throughout this time, he continued to coach the women’s track team at Tennessee State, leading forty women to win 23 Olympic Medals.

Mr. Temple published his autobiography, Only the Pure in Heart Survive, in 1980.

He and his wife Charlie have two children.


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