Dink Templeton

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Dink Templeton
Date of birth (1897-05-27)May 27, 1897
Place of birth Helena, Missouri
Date of death August 7, 1962(1962-08-07) (aged 65)
Place of death Palo Alto, California
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Olympic Club RFC[1]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1920 USA 1 (5)
Dink Templeton
Medal record
Men's rugby union
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1920 Antwerp Team

Dink Templeton (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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2][3]

Track coach[edit]

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.[2] He was noted at the time for conducting intensive daily practices, an uncommon practice at that time.[2] He later coached at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.[2]

Later life[edit]

Templeton would also have a career as a journalist and broadcaster.[2] For his coaching, he was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1976,[2] and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his coaching and as a football player.


  1. ^ "History". Olympic Club. 29 May 1985. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Robert Lyman (Dink) Templeton". USATF.com. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Dink Templeton". databaseOlympics. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 

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