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John Chaney
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John Chaney

John Chaney (b. January 21, 1932 at Jacksonville, Florida)

John Chaney is a well known American basketball coach. 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 an impressive 63-23 record. Chaney then moved to college basketball.

The first collegiate position held by John Chaney was at Division II Cheyney State. At Cheyney, Chaney was 225-56. He won his only national title in 1978.

After decade at Cheyney, Chaney moved to Division I Temple University in Philadelphia. Chaney built a reputation as a tough coach who always demanded excellence on and off the court. He is well known for his 6 AM practices and perpetually out of place necktie.

Chaney has won a total of 708 career games. He has taken Temple to the NCAA tournament 17 times. His 1987-88 Owls team was briefly ranked #1 in the country. He was consensus national coach of the year in 1988. In 2001, Chaney was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.