John Chaney, age 89, passed away on January 29, 2021. He was born on January 21, 1931, in Jacksonville, FL, but grew up in Philadelphia. 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. He married Jeanne Dixon in 1953. He/ is survived by his wife Jeanne and his 3 children, Darryl Chaney, John Chaney Jr., Pamela Clark.
He was an American college basketball coach, best known for his success at Temple University from 1982 through 2006. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Chaney’s first collegiate position was at Cheyney State College, where he coached the Cheyney Wolves in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II. At Cheyney, Chaney had a 232–56 record. Cheyney won the 1978 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.
After a decade at Cheyney, Chaney moved on to Temple University in 1982, where he coached the Temple Owls in NCAA Division I. 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. He won the Henry Iba Award, given annually to the best college basketball coach by the United States Basketball Writers Association, in 1987 and 1988.