The Coach: Ed Temple Tennessee State University

Eric England

Nashville Scene

Ed Temple came to Nashville from Pennsylvania in 1946 — drawn by a track scholarship to what was then called Tennessee A&I. He’s never left.

He got his lifelong job almost by accident. He graduated in the spring of 1950, and thought he might like to go into coaching. But without a position, he stayed in the dorms while he searched — and then he was summoned to the school president’s office.

“I thought I was in trouble,” he says. But he wasn’t — he was being offered a job.

“It paid $150 a month, but when you didn’t have nothing, that was pretty good,” he says.


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