Temples' legacy about more than wins and losses

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Longtime head coach Gerald Temples' legacy lives on through his son Wes Temples (head coach of Normal Community) and his son-in-law Brett Hefner (Effingham). Longtime head coach Gerald Temples' legacy lives on through his son Wes Temples (head coach of Normal Community) and his son-in-law Brett Hefner (Effingham).

SULLIVAN -- Longtime high school football coach Gerald Temples has won a lot of games --168, to be exact. Over the course of a 27-year span as head coach of Macon, Oakland, Mattoon, Arcola and most recently Sullivan-Okaw Valley, he averaged better than a 6-win, playoff-eligible season.

But Temples' legacy is about more than ''W's and 'L's' as he called them fresh off a flight from Florida, where he plans on visiting in his retirement. No, Temples' mark on young football players in Central Illinois is about character building.

"I think you try to be able to get across kids to, one: work hard and do the best that they can even through setbacks," he said. "I think kids have to be able to handle setbacks because, you know, life's going to give them that and you can't just fold up tent whenever you have a setback."

Temples stressed that his various stops were thanks to the array of opportunities that he had for he and his family.

"There's not a school that hasn't been a good place for us," he said, "that the school didn't do a great job, that the administration wasn't outstanding. I've been very fortunate to only have good coaches."

So the question is: With a Hollywood-caliber voice, will Coach Temples become Radio Star Temples?

"I don't know about that," Temples laughed heartily. "I don't now about that, for sure."

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