John Chaney (basketball, born 1932)

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John Chaney
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1932-01-21) January 21, 1932[1]
Jacksonville, Florida
Playing career
1951–1955 Bethune-Cookman
1955–1963 Sunbury Mercuries
1963–1966 Williamsport Billies
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963–1966 Sayre JHS
1966–1972 Simon Gratz HS
1972–1982 Cheyney State
1982–2006 Temple
Head coaching record
Overall 741–312 (.704)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Division II Tournament Championship (1978)
Elite Eight Appearances (1988, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001)
Olympic Games (1984)
Atlantic 10 Season Championship (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002)
Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2001)
Division II National Coach of the Year (1978)
Henry Iba Award (1987, 1988)
Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000)
NABC Coach of the Year (1988)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2001
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

John Chaney (born January 21, 1932) is an American retired college basketball coach, best known for his success at Temple University.

Early life and playing career

Chaney was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He began his career after graduating from Bethune–Cookman College and spending some time in the Eastern Professional Basketball League, first with the Sunbury Mercuries from 1955 to 1963 and Williamsport Billies from 1963 to 1966.[2]

Coaching career

Chaney first became a basketball coach in 1963 at Sayre Junior High School and went 59–9 in three seasons.[3] Inheriting a one-win team in 1966 at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Chaney compiled a 63-23 record in six seasons.[2]

The first collegiate position held by Chaney was at Division II Cheyney State. At Cheyney, Chaney was 232-56. He won a national title in 1978.[4]

After a decade at Cheyney, Chaney moved on to Division I Temple in Philadelphia.[5] Chaney built a reputation as a tough coach who always demanded excellence on and off the court. He was well known for his early-morning practices, match-up zone defense, tough non-conference scheduling, and winning basketball teams.[3]

Chaney won a total of 741 career games. He took Temple to the NCAA tournament 17 times. His 1987-88 Owls team entered the NCAA tournament ranked #1 in the country, and he reached the Elite Eight on five different occasions.

In 2001, Chaney was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

On December 20, 2004, during a win over Princeton, Chaney became the fifth active coach and 19th all-time to appear on the sidelines for 1,000 games, joining Lou Henson (New Mexico State, Illinois), Bob Knight (Army, Indiana, Texas Tech), Eddie Sutton (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, San Francisco), and Hugh Durham (Florida State, Georgia, Jacksonville).

On March 13, 2006, Chaney announced his retirement from coaching at a press conference, to be effective after Temple's play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Fran Dunphy was named Chaney's successor following the season. Chaney has since been inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame, which recognizes the best in Philadelphia's college basketball history.


On February 13, 1994, controversy ensued when he threatened to kill then-University of Massachusetts Amherst coach John Calipari at a post-game news conference, where Calipari was speaking at a podium.

Chaney entered the conference mid-speech, accusing Calipari of manipulating the referees. When Calipari attempted to respond to the accusations, Chaney yelled, “Shut up goddammit!”, and proceeded to charge the stage, before being stopped by security. While being held back, Chaney shouted, "When I see you, I'm gonna kick your ass!". As security restrained Chaney, he repeatedly yelled, "I'll kill you!" and angrily admitted telling his players to "knock your fucking kids in the mouth." Chaney received a one-game suspension for the incident. Chaney has recently praised Calipari's coaching ability and defended him over the Derrick Rose controversy at the University of Memphis.

Chaney made headlines in 2005 after ordering backup forward Nehemiah Ingram into the game to commit hard fouls against Big 5 rival Saint Joseph's in response to what he thought were several missed calls by the referees. After the game Chaney admitted to "sending a message" and stated "I'm going to send in what we used to do years ago, send in the goons." John Bryant of Saint Joseph's suffered a fractured arm as a result of an intentional foul. Following the incident, he suspended himself for one game, and upon hearing the severity of the injury, the university suspended him for the remainder of the regular season. Temple then later extended the suspension to the Atlantic 10 tournament. He returned for a farewell season that ended in a loss to Saint Joseph's in the A-10 Tournament.

Coaching highlights

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cheyney State Wolves (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference[6][7]) (1972–1982)
1972–73 Cheyney State 23–5 12–2 1st (Eastern) NCAA College Regional Third Place
1973–74 Cheyney State 19–7 11–3 T–1st (Eastern)
1974–75 Cheyney State 16–9 9–5 2nd (Eastern)
1975–76 Cheyney State 24–5 11–1 1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II Elite Eight
1976–77 Cheyney State 20–8 10–2 1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II Elite Eight
1977–78 Cheyney State 27–2 12–0 1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II National Champions
1978–79 Cheyney State 24–7 10–2 1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II Third Place
1979–80 Cheyney State 23–5 12–0 1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II Regional Third Place
1980–81 Cheyney State 21–8 9–3 T–1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II Regional Third Place
1981–82 Cheyney State 28–3 11–1 1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II Elite Eight
Cheyney State: 225–59 107–19
Temple Owls (Atlantic 10 Conference[8]) (1982–2006)
1982–83 Temple 14–15 5–9 3rd (East)
1983–84 Temple 26–5 18–0 1st NCAA Second Round
1984–85 Temple 25–6 15–3 1st NCAA Second Round
1985–86 Temple 25–6 15–3 T–2nd NCAA Second Round
1986–87 Temple 32–4 17–1 1st NCAA Second Round
1987–88 Temple 32–2 18–0 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1988–89 Temple 18–12 15–3 2nd NIT First Round
1989–90 Temple 20–11 15–3 1st NCAA First Round
1990–91 Temple 24–10 13–5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1991–92 Temple 17–13 11–5 2nd NCAA First Round
1992–93 Temple 20–13 8–6 T–2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1993–94 Temple 23–8 12–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
1994–95 Temple 19–11 10–6 T–2nd NCAA First Round
1995–96 Temple 20–13 12–4 2nd (East) NCAA Second Round
1996–97 Temple 20–11 10–6 4th (East) NCAA Second Round
1997–98 Temple 21–9 13–3 1st (East) NCAA First Round
1998–99 Temple 24–11 13–3 1st (East) NCAA Elite Eight
1999–00 Temple 27–6 14–2 1st (East) NCAA Second Round
2000–01 Temple 24–13 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2001–02 Temple 19–15 12–4 T–1st (East) NIT Semifinal
2002–03 Temple 18–16 10–6 T–2nd (East) NIT Quarterfinal
2003–04 Temple 15–14 9–7 2nd (East) NIT First Round
2004–05 Temple 16–14 11–5 2nd (East) NIT First Round
2005–06 Temple 17–16 8–8 T–7th NIT Opening Round
Temple: 516–253 296–100
Total: 741–312

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also


  2. 1 2 "John Chaney". Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  3. 1 2 Cherner, Reid (January 13, 2004). "Chaney a teacher first 'who cares so much'". USA Today. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  4. "John Chaney". Temple University Athletics. Archived from the original on April 28, 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  5. "Chaney Is Named Coach at Temple". The New York Times. August 18, 1982. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  6. "PSAC year-by-year men's basketball champions" (PDF). Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2014.

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