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John Chaney (basketball, born 1932)


John Chaney (basketball, born 1932)

John Chaney
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1932-01-21) January 21, 1932 [1]
Jacksonville, Florida
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
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.


  • Coaching career 1
  • Controversy 2
  • Coaching highlights 3
  • Head coaching record 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Coaching 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. Chaney's first team was at the middle school level [2] He moved to Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia where he had a 63-23 record. Chaney then moved on to college basketball.

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.

After a decade at Cheyney, Chaney moved on to Division I Temple in Philadelphia.[3] Chaney built a reputation as a tough coach who always demanded excellence on and off the court. He was well known for his 6 AM practices, match-up zone defense, tough non-conference scheduling, and winning basketball teams.

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 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

  • Chaney has led teams to an overall record of 741-312 and 31 post season berths
  • Compiled a 225-59 record at Cheyney State
  • NCAA Division II Tournament, 1973, 1974, 1976–80, 1982
  • NCAA Division II Tournament National Champions, 1978
  • Division II National Coach of the Year, 1978
  • State of Pennsylvania Distinguished Faculty Award, 1979
  • Compiled a 516-253 record at Temple
  • Compiled a 296-100 Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Record
  • Won his 400th game at Temple against No. 1 ranked Cincinnati on Feb. 20, 2000
  • NCAA Tournaments, 1984–1988, 1990-2001 (17)
  • NCAA Regional Finalists, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001
  • National Invitational Tournament, 1989, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006
  • Atlantic 10 regular season Championships, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2001
  • Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000
  • Has compiled 15 20-win seasons at Temple
  • USBWA National Coach of the Year, 1987, 1988
  • Consensus National Coach of the Year, Associated Press Coach of the Year
  • Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year, 1993
  • Won his 700th game, becoming the first African-American in history with 700 wins

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cheyney State (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference[4][5]) (1972–1982)
1972–73 Cheyney State 23–5 12–2 1st (Eastern) NCAA D–II Regional 3rd 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 Tournament 3rd 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 (Atlantic 10 Conference[6]) (1982–2006)
1982–83 Temple 14–15 5–9 3rd (East)
1983–84 Temple 26–5 18–0 1st NCAA Round of 32
1984–85 Temple 25–6 15–3 1st NCAA Round of 32
1985–86 Temple 25–6 15–3 T–2nd NCAA Round of 32
1986–87 Temple 32–4 17–1 1st NCAA Round of 32
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 Round of 64
1990–91 Temple 24–10 13–5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1991–92 Temple 17–13 11–5 2nd NCAA Round of 64
1992–93 Temple 20–13 8–6 T–2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1993–94 Temple 23–8 12–4 2nd NCAA Round of 32
1994–95 Temple 19–11 10–6 T–2nd NCAA Round of 64
1995–96 Temple 20–13 12–4 2nd (East) NCAA Round of 32
1996–97 Temple 20–11 10–6 4th (East) NCAA Round of 32
1997–98 Temple 21–9 13–3 1st (East) NCAA Round of 64
1998–99 Temple 24–11 13–3 1st (East) NCAA Elite Eight
1999–00 Temple 27–6 14–2 1st (East) NCAA Round of 32
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


  1. ^
  2. ^ at Sayre Jr. High in Philadelphia, with Joey Goldenberg 1960- 1963.
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
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Further reading

  • "Chaney is Named Coach at Temple", New York Times, August 18, 1982.
  • "Longtime Temple coach Chaney retires",, March 13, 2006.
  • "Temple Coach Chaney Announcing Retirement Today", Washington Post, March 13, 2006.
  • A Century of Greatness, Denise Dennis.Publisher The Urban League of Philadelphia-P.181, at Sayre rec. of 59&9

External links

  • Basketball Hall of Fame profile
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