Longtime Kansas baseball coach Floyd Temple dies

Associated Press Modified: June 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm •  Published: June 29, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Longtime Kansas baseball coach Floyd Temple, who amassed 438 wins during his nearly three-decade coaching career with the Jayhawks, has died. He was 85.

School spokesman Mike Cummings says Temple's son told university officials his father passed away Friday.

Temple was the winningest head coach in Kansas baseball history. He became head coach in 1954, after a stint in the minor leagues, and coached for 28 seasons.

The Jayhawks were .500 or better in conference play for 14 of those years. He then served as an assistant athletic director from 1981 to 1992.

He'd played football and baseball for Kansas, and was third baseman for the 1949 baseball team that won the Big Seven Conference title.

Temple also is survived by his wife, Beverly, a daughter and several grandchildren.

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