Tennessee State University Mourns the Loss of Former Olympian Isabelle Daniels Holston
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tennessee State University Mourns the Loss of Former Olympian Isabelle Daniels Holston

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University family mourns the loss of former Tigerbelle and Olympian Isabelle Daniels Holston, who passed away over the weekend. She was 80 years old.

“It is with great sadness that we’re losing another iconic Tigerbelle. She will surely be missed,” TSU Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice said. “I can remember a time she spoke at the Ed Temple Seminar, and she had one of the original letters that Coach Temple had typed and sent to her in 1956 at the Olympics in Australia. It meant that much to her.”

Daniels competed for the Tigerbelles from 1955-59.

Daniels represented the United States at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Competing in the 4x100m relay, Daniels teamed with fellow Tigerbelles Wilma Rudolph, Mae Faggs and Margaret Matthews to help the U.S. capture the bronze medal.

She also excelled at the Pan American Games, taking gold in the 60m in 1959 and with the 4x100m relay team in 1955 and 1959. She added silvers in the 60m in 1955 and the 200m in 1959.

She was inducted into the Tennessee State University Hall of Fame in 1984.

Daniels went on to serve as the girls’ track coach at Ronald E. McNair High School in Georgia, earning National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1990. A native of Georgia, Daniels entered the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 1987.

A funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at Saint Philip AME Church in Atlanta (240 Candler Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30317). The wake will be at Grissom-Eastlake Funeral Home (227 E. Lake Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30317).