Trained Podcast: Building a Legacy With Coach Cheese
This track and field team is woven into the fabric of sports history. Hear how alumnus Chandra Cheeseborough is carrying on their traditions.
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Though rarely talked about today, the Tigerbelles, Tennessee State University’s women’s track and field team, is one of the most accomplished sports clubs in the state’s history. During the reign of legendary coach Ed Temple, the historically all-Black team produced 40 Olympic athletes who took home 23 medals — many while living in the Jim Crow South, pre-Title IX. One of those barrier-breaking sprinters is Olympic gold medalist and TSU track and field director Chandra Cheeseborough, or Coach Cheese. On this episode, she joins host Jaclyn Byrer to recount stories of her time as a Tigerbelle and share how Ed Temple impacted her as an athlete and highly successful coach. She also tells us how she’s keeping the history of the club alive and shares advice for other athletes hoping to leave a mark.
“You can’t coach heart. They gotta have it. I’d rather have a person with a lot of heart that will outwork a talented person any day.”
Former Tigerbelle and Tennessee State University track and field director