Bart played football and participated as a thrower in track while attending Boise Junior College 1962 – 1964. In 1964 he transferred to Eastern Montana College in Billings, Montana where he also played football and participated as a thrower on the Yellowjacket track team. In 1967, Bart was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers as a center, and he participated as a rookie center when the team met to put together their team. He was cut from the team after being there for four months, and from there he went to try out with the Denver Broncos. He was released from the Broncos after being there two months. After returning to Idaho, Bart taught at Minico High School in southern Idaho, where he also coached football, track and wrestling. From Minico he transferred to Boise High School, where he also taught and coached football, track and wrestling. In 1979, Bart and his family moved to North Idaho, where Bart worked at a local building supply company until starting his own wholesale building supply company in 1981. He served as a volunteer track coach at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for ten years, and also served as a volunteer track coach at North Idaho Junior College. In 1989, Bart founded the Iron Wood Throwers Camp. The camp has grown to be the largest specialty track and field camp in the United States. As of 2018, nearly 5,700 athletes and coaches have attended the camp. In 2013 Bart purchased five acres of land in Rathdrum, Idaho and put in a world class, indoor/outdoor throws training facility, offering training in shot put, discus, and hammer. In 2016 he purchased the adjoining five acres of land, where he put in a javelin runway. He now offers first class training year round in the four throws, coaching local and area athletes, ages 12 – 75. Each spring he hosts the now famous Classic Meet, a competition for post collegiate athletes training for the Olympics, and for the top high school throws athletes from the U.S.
Bob "Coach Mac" MacKay
Kristine Rothwell (Leonard) has been coaching at the training center since 2015. She was coached by her father Neil, and Bart Templeman while at Lakeland High School where she still holds the shot and disc records. She attended Concordia University-Portland her freshman year, and was a NAIA All-American in the discus. She transferred to University of Idaho in 2010, and was a WAC Conference Champion in the discus and a NCAA Regional qualifier. After graduating, she moved back to the Coeur d'Alene area and has been coaching the throws at Coeur d'Alene High School since 2015. She also competes in the Scottish Highland Games, and is one of the top female throwers in the world. She and her husband, Kyle, train at the throwers center and in addition to coaching, take care of the maintenance of facilities.
"Iron Wood coaches push you to became a better athlete than what you were before you entered."
"...the coaching I received at Ironwood developed not only my athletic ability, but my work ethic. I have been able to succeed in many aspects of life in part because of the lessons learned at IWTC."