Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on Temple assistants who became football head coaches elsewhere.
Kwame Cavil became the latest in a very long line of former Temple assistants who have landed a head coaching job elsewhere when he was announced last month as the top man for Waco High.
That very long line stretches back at least 70 years.
As the fourth-winningest and one of the most storied Texas high school football programs, it’s not a surprise that working as a Temple assistant would be an attractive resume enhancer. The Wildcats have had 16 football head coaches of record since 1908, an astonishingly low number for a program that began during the Roosevelt administration. Not Franklin’s, but Theodore’s.
With some research and suggestions from others, the number of coaches who played a role in the Temple athletic system and went on to obtain a head coaching job at another school is more than double the number who have actually held the job in Temple. That is not to say this is a complete compilation of those coaches. I’ve learned of several I’d never heard of or didn’t realize had served in Temple. The group includes coaches who have won state championships, had long and short careers, won more than 100 games or won very few.