John Chaney (basketball coach): Wikis


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


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 in 1963. 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.[1] 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 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. He 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 coach John Calipari at a post-game news conference, nearly assaulting him before security pulled him away. Chaney entered the conference mid-speech, accusing Calipari of manipulating the referees, yelling at Calipari that he would "kick his white ass" before charging the stage. As security attempted to restrain Chaney, he repeatedly yelled "I'll kill you" and also angrily admitted telling his players to "knock your fucking kids in the mouth." Chaney received a one game suspension for the incident, and many have speculated as to what penalty a white coach would have received in a similar situation. He has since called Calipari a friend.[2]

Chaney made headlines in 2005 after ordering backup forward Nehemiah Ingram into the game to commit hard fouls against 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 himself 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 ({{{conference}}}) (1972–1982)
1972-1973 Cheyney State 23-5 NCAA Div. II Tournament
1973-1974 Cheyney State 19-7 NCAA Div. II Tournament
1974-1975 Cheyney State 16-9
1975-1976 Cheyney State 24-5 NCAA Div. II Tournament
1976-1977 Cheyney State 20-8 NCAA Div. II Tournament
1977-1978 Cheyney State 27-2 NCAA Div. II National Champions
1978-1979 Cheyney State 24-7 NCAA Div. II Tournament (3rd place)
1979-1980 Cheyney State 23-5 NCAA Div. II Tournament
1980-1981 Cheyney State 21-8
1981-1982 Cheyney State 28-3 NCAA Div. II Tournament
Cheyney State: 225-59
Temple (A-10) (1982–2006)
1982-1983 Temple 14-15 5-9 3rd (East)
1983-1984 Temple 26-5 18-0 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1984-1985 Temple 25-6 15-3 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1985-1986 Temple 25-6 15-3 T-2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1986-1987 Temple 32-4 17-1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1987-1988 Temple 32-2 18-0 1st NCAA Elite 8
1988-1989 Temple 18-12 15-3 2nd NIT 1st Round
1989-1990 Temple 20-11 15-3 1st NCAA 1st Round
1990-1991 Temple 24-10 13-5 2nd NCAA Elite 8
1991-1992 Temple 17-13 11-5 2nd NCAA 1st Round
1992-1993 Temple 20-13 8-6 T-2nd NCAA Elite 8
1993-1994 Temple 23-8 12-4 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1994-1995 Temple 19-11 10-6 T-2nd NCAA 1st Round
1995-1996 Temple 20-13 12-4 2nd (East) NCAA 2nd Round
1996-1997 Temple 20-11 10-6 4th (East) NCAA 2nd Round
1997-1998 Temple 21-9 13-3 1st (East) NCAA 1st Round
1998-1999 Temple 24-11 13-3 1st (East) NCAA Elite 8
1999-2000 Temple 27-6 14-2 1st (East) NCAA 2nd Round
2000-2001 Temple 24-13 12-4 T-2nd NCAA Elite 8
2001-2002 Temple 19-15 12-4 T-1st (East) NIT Semifinal
2002-2003 Temple 18-16 10-6 T-2nd (East) NIT Quarterfinal
2003-2004 Temple 15-14 9-7 2nd (East) NIT 1st Round
2004-2005 Temple 16-14 11-5 2nd (East) NIT 1st Round
2005-2006 Temple 17-16 8-8 T-7th NIT Opening Round
Temple: 516-253 296-100
Total: 741-312

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Casey
Temple men's basketball head coach
Succeeded by
Fran Dunphy


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