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Royal Oak Kimball  

In his career record as Head Coach for the Knights (1957-1984), Coach Temerian was 130-40-1 and he never had a losing season in his 27 years. He tallied 10 Southeastern Michigan Association league championships and won 4 Eastern Michigan Coach of the Year awards

  He had several undefeated campaigns (1961, 1965, 1980, 1981) and at one time reeled off 21 consecutive victories (1979-1981).Temerian earned five rankings in the Associated Press' season ending poll (pre-MHSAA playoffs).He was named by Michigan newspapers as "Coach of the Year" in 1980 and was inducted into the Michigan Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1983. The following year he was named to the Michigan High School Hall of Fame (for all sports). For good measure, he also was inducted into the Kimball Hall of Fame. 

During his 31 years in the Royal Oak system, Temerian also coached junior high and junior varsity football. He also was involved in baseball at Royal Oak Kimball. 

As a youngster, Temerian did not play high school football because he had to work. He later played on a semi-pro team, the Highland Park Polar Bears. 

At Eastern Michigan, he earned a degree in physical education and a master's in supervisory secondary education. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.

His plan was to become a principal, but it soon became clear that his passion was coaching. "I just loved the idea of coaching too much," he said. 


Charles Paul Temerian was born January 6, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan. He passed Friday, January 23, 2004 at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, Arkansas. He was 76.





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