B.J. Temple is entering his 11th season as an assistant track coach at the University of the Cumberlands. Coach Temple has been a part of Cumberland's Track and Cross Country program since the fall of 1998. During his first year, he was a member of the third place cross country team at the NAIA National Championships. The following season he joined the coaching staff as a student assistant and moved into a full-time position in the spring of 2001.
As an assistant coach, he has worked with the men and women's cross country teams, sprints, hurdles, jumps and middle distance events during the indoor and outdoor track seasons. Coach Temple has proven to be successful as an assistant coach having coached his student-athletes to 56 All-American honors and 11 National Titles.
Numerous athletes have had record-breaking accomplishments under his guidance. In his term as a Patriot coach, his athletes have changed the record books drastically owning 18 indoor and 15 outdoor school records in various events, including 11 National Championships, five 4 x 800 meter relays (2 indoor, 3 outdoor) and six individual titles. One of his All-American athletes includes Anthony Kabara who ran a personal best of 1:45.29 for 800 meters, and, at the time, was the third fastest time in the world.
Coach Temple earned his B.S. degree in Movement & Leisure Studies from the Cumberlands and his Master's degree in Sport Science with an emphasis in Sport Coaching from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. He is also USA Track and Field Level I and II certified in endurance.
Before his coaching career, Temple ran for Brevard College where he was an All-American. Temple hails from upstate New York and currently lives in Williamsburg, with his wife, Jamey and son, Jadon.