Tennessee State University holds memorial for famed coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee State University is hosting a public memorial service for famed track and field coach Ed Temple, who led the school’s Tigerbelles to 13 Olympic gold medals.

Classes and meetings at the historically black university will be canceled Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to honor the coach who helped break down track and field’s racial and gender barriers.

Temple was head coach of the U.S. Olympics women’s teams in 1960 and 1964 and assistant coach in 1980. He also worked to ensure that all 40 of his Olympians earned their degrees.

Temple was inducted into nine halls of fame, including the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Temple died Thursday at 89. The memorial service takes place in the Kean Hall Gymnasium.