In this Aug. 28, 2015 file photo, former Tennessee State and Olympic women's track coach Ed Temple speaks during the dedication of his statue in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach whose Tigerbelles won 13 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night.Temple coached the women's track team at Tennessee State, formerly Tennessee A&I, from 1953 to 1994 . He was head coach of the U.S. Olympics women's teams in 1960 and 1964 and assistant coach in 1980 .Temple, whose other gold medalists from TSU included Edith McGuire and Wyomia Tyus, was inducted into nine halls of fame, including the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012, where he was one of only four coaches to be inducted.Temple coached the first U.S. women's teams to compete in the Soviet Union in 1958 and in China in 1975 . But he was best known for leading the athletes at TSU, known as the Tigerbelles, during his 41 years as the university's women's track coach.He coached his teams to more than 30 national titles and led 40 athletes to the Olympics.For many of the women on his teams, Temple was more than a coach.
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