(Robert Lyman Templeton;
May 27, 1897 – August 7, 1962) was an American track and field
athlete, Olympic gold medalist in rugby union
, and track coach.
Templeton was born in Helena, Montana
in 1897 and attended Palo Alto High School
in Palo Alto, California
. He attended Stanford University
, where he played on the football
and rugby union
teams. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford.
In 1920, Templeton was on the United States Olympic team in rugby and the long jump
. He was not able to compete in his best event, the high jump
, because he used the Western roll
jumping style, which was considered illegal at that time. In the long jump, he finished out of the medals in fourth place, but the U.S. rugby team upset France
to win the gold medal.
In 1922, Templeton returned to Stanford as its track coach, a position he held until 1939. During his tenure as coach, Stanford won the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship
in 1925, 1928, and 1934, and Stanford athletes won 19 individual titles. He later coached at the Olympic Club
in San Francisco
Templeton would also have a career as a journalist and... Read More