Dink Templeton

Dink Templeton (actually Robert Lyman Templeton, born May 27, 1897 in Helena, Montana; † August 7, 1962 in Palo Alto, California ) was an American rugby union player, athlete, athletics coach. It was founded in 1920 with the U.S. rugby team Olympic champion.

Active Sports

Templeton came to Stanford in 1914, his studies but was soon interrupted by the First World War, during which he became a pilot in France. After his return he became Star Kicker of rugby and American football teams as well as star of track and field athletes of the university.

In the USA Track & Field precipitations for the Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920 Templeton was disqualified in his strongest discipline, the high jump, due to technical uncleanliness its Western Roll. However, he was able to qualify as third in the trials for the long jump. He was also appointed because of his kicker qualities in the Rugby selection. In the long jump he missed the fourth just a medal, on the other hand he could initiate the victory of the Eagles by a flying kick about 55 yards to make it 3-0 in the final of the Olympic rugby tournament.


Immediately after his MA degree in 1921, he was officially appointed coach of the informal track coach at Stanford University and the following year by the University. Because he was only 25 years old and one of the youngest head coach of a sports program, a major U.S. university on appeal, he was also known as The Boy coach. Besides his work as a coach, he graduated from the first successful study of law at Stanford Law School. Under his leadership, the university was three times each NCAA team champion of the NCAA (1925, 1928, 1934) and four times team champion of the IC4A. His proteges won his charges 19 U.S. titles in individual competitions, won nine medals at Olympics and presented 16 world records.

In addition to and after the end of his work at Stanford until his death was Templeton coach of the San Francisco Olympic Club as well as multiple U.S. team coach at the Olympics and sports journalist and commentator.


Templeton was introduced in 1976 as a coach in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame of the U.S. Association of Athletics Federations. In addition, he was inducted into the Sydney and Theodore Rosenberg Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame Stanford University, as well as the Hall of Fame of the U.S. Association of Athletics Federations.