Head Baseball Coach
Temple is in his sixth season as head coach of the Hinds Community College baseball program.
The Vicksburg native claimed his first Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship in 2010. Hinds ended the season with a 32-21 record and finished as the runner-up in the Region XXIII tournament, which was hosted by Hinds.
Temple was named MACJC Coach of the Year in 2010 for his efforts in the dugout.
Hinds had 14 players off the 2010 roster sign four-year scholarships, including eight at the Division I level.
The Eagles also had a highly-successful 2009 campaign, one in which Hinds finished with a 35-19 record. Hinds hosted the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state tournament and competed in the Region XXIII tournament.
The second and third seasons were a remarkable improvement from the first, when the Eagles finished with a 13-28 record. In 2007 and 2008, Hinds finished with a 27-15 record and 29-20 record, respectively, making the state playoffs in the progress. Temple is an alumnus of Porter's Chapel Academy in Vicksburg, where he was a two-year letterman, all conference honoree and a Mississippi Private School Association All-Star as a catcher.
After completing his associate of arts degree here at Hinds, Temple then went on to Delta State University and served two seasons as backup catcher for the Statesmen. After earning his bachelor's degree in health and physical education, Temple served DSU as a graduate assistant for two years while completing his master's degree.
He began his career in coaching as head baseball coach at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg from 1996 to 2001. By his second season there, Temple had the Vikings on the upswing to a district title and took them to the state playoffs.
The following season, it was the district title, state playoffs, school record for wins, and that summer, American Legion State Champions. In 2000, the Vikings earned a district title, state playoff trip, USA Today's Top 20 in the nation, and, that summer, won the Amateur Athletic Union state championship.
In Temple's final season at Warren Central, 2001, the Vikings ended with a 36-3 record, 5A state championship, USA Today's Top 20 in the Nation (No. 4 in the nation and No. 2 in the south), Baseball America's High School Top 20 and a new school record for wins.
Temple next served Clinton High School's baseball program as head coach for one year, ending the 2002 season with a 25-8 record, a co-district championship and a berth in the state playoffs. Temple then moved on to nearby Mississippi College, where he became assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator in July 2002.
In his three seasons at the Clinton school, the Choctaws finished 90-43 overall, winning the American Southwest Conference championship in 2003. Temple received three Coach of the Year awards in 2001, was named the coach of the North team in the Mississippi All-Star game in 2001, and received the Doug Shanks Leadership Award in 2003.
Temple has contributed to the game of baseball in a number of ways during his career. He has served as head coach of the semipro Mississippi Stars baseball team, been an instructor and camp director for Jim Page's Champions Baseball Camps, and from 1998-2000 served as commissioner of American Legion Baseball in Mississippi, coordinating games in central Mississippi.
He resides in Clinton with his wife Kristen and their three children, sons Garren and Gage, and daughter Grayson.
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