John Chaney

Birth Day January 21st, 1932
Birth Place Jacksonville, Florida, U.S
Age 92 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius

John Chaney Biography

An American college basketball coach, John Chaney was well recognized 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. He started 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. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, Chaney won 516 games at Temple and 741 games overall. He still ranks among the top 40 college basketball coaches in career wins and was the first Black coach to reach 700 wins. He was known for his matchup zone defense on the court, a strategy that confounded opponents for decades and annually had Temple among the leaders in scoring defense. Sadly, we lost such an adaptable basketball coach on 29th January 2021. Scroll down to read John Chaney's Full Biography, Net Worth, Personal Life, Interesting Facts, Wiki, Age, Parents, Death Cause, Life Story, & more.

John Chaney Cause of Death (Dies At 89)

Hall of Fame basketball coach John Chaney, a zone defense innovator who led Temple to 17 NCAA tournament appearances, has died at the age of 89 on 29th January 2021. The university said he died after a short, unspecified illness. We are sorry for your loss.

John Chaney Dies At 89

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Famous For

  • Being an American college basketball coach.
  • For his success at Temple University from 1982 through 2006. 

John Chaney Early Life 

John Chaney took birth on 21st January 1932 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S, but grew up in Philadelphia (hometown). He held an American nationality and African-American ethnicity. Likewise, he was from the Christianity religion and his race was black. He lastly celebrated his 89th birthday as of 21st January 2021. As per his birthdate, his star sign was Aquarius. His family, as well as educational details, had not been disclosed yet.

John Chaney Career 

  • John Chaney kicked off his basketball 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. 

Coaching Career

  • John began his coaching career in 1963 at William L. Sayre Junior High School (now high school) at 58th and Walnut Street in Philadelphia as his teams had a 59-9 win-loss record in three seasons and also he compiled a 63-23 record in six seasons inheriting a one-win team in 1966 at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia.
  • His first collegiate position was at Cheyney State College where he had a 232-56 record however, he later moved on to Temple University in 1982, where he coached the Temple Owls in NCAA Division I.
  • Besides, he threatened to kill then-University of Massachusetts Amherst coach John Calipari at a post-game news conference on 13th February 1934 whereas 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." He received a one-game suspension for the incident as the two coaches later reconciled. 
  • As well, he became the fifth active coach and 19th all-time to appear on the sidelines for 1,000 games on 20th December 2004 during a win over Princeton.
  • 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 for Joseph's injury as he ordered 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 in 2005.
  • Later, he announced his retirement from coaching at a press conference, effective after Temple's play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on 13th March 2006, and he was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame, which recognizes the best in Philadelphia's college basketball history.
  • He also won a total of 741 career games. He took Temple to the NCAA tournament 17 times as his 1987-88 Owls team entered the NCAA tournament ranked #1 in the country, and he reached the Elite Eight on five occasions. 

John Chaney, a college basketball coach


John Chaney Awards, Accomplishments, and Honors


  • NCAA Division II Tournament (1978)
  • 8 A-10 regular season (1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1998-2000, 2002)
  • 6 A-10 Tournament (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)
  • AP Coach of the Year (1988)

John Chaney Personal Life, Wife and Kids

Reflecting on John Chaney's personal life, he was a married guy. He tied a knot with his partner Jeanne with whom he was in a romantic relationship for a long time. The couple had a daughter, Pamela as well as a son, Darryl Chaney, and John Chaney Jr. John and Jeanne were sharing a lot of love with one another and their relationship was outstanding. But their relationship ended after John's death on 29th January 2021. Talking about his sexual orientation, he was straight.

John Chaney and his wife, Jeanne

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John Chaney Net Worth & Salary

Moving towards John Chaney's net worth, he had a worth of around $2 million at the time of his death (29th January 2021). He had also a handsome amount of the salary too which was also around thousands of dollars per year. John had gained a fine amount of money from his career as his major source of income was from his basketball coaching career. He had not done any endorsement work yet.

John Chaney Body Measurement 

John Chaney was a handsome and versatile basketball coach who stood at a tall height of around 6 ft 3 in with a balanced body weight of around 185 lb (84 kg). He kept his body maintained at that age too which was so much awesome. John had black hair and eyes color as his body build type was athletic. As he was turning older, he had small hair or a bald head.

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