Hall of Fame coach John Chaney has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Legendary Temple Owls men’s basketball coach John Chaney has passed away. He was 89.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. According to Temple, he had a short illness before his death.

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“John Chaney was a great coach, but he was so much more. For generations of Temple University students, he was a wise counselor, a dedicated teacher, an icon of success, and a passionate leader who always led by example and with conviction,” said Temple President Richard M. Englert, who has known Chaney since he came to Temple in 1982. “I am also honored to say he was a dear friend.

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 “For generations of his players, there is only one man whom they all lovingly called Coach even to this day. That was John Chaney. Our most sincere condolences go out to his wonderful family members. We will keep them all in our prayers.”

Chaney was a basketball coach from 1963 through 2006. He began as a high school coach before moving to college basketball.

Following a playing career, he worked for Sayre High School as a Junior High coach for three seasons. He then was hired as Simon Gratz High School from 1966 through 1972.

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The Jacksonville, Florida native then transitioned to Cheyney State in 1972. He spent a decade coaching the Cheyney State Wolves (now the Cheyney Wolves).

The legendary coach went 225-59 with the Wolves. He guided the team to the NCAA Division II Championship in the 1977-78 season.

Then, before the 1982-83 season, he was hired by the Owls. With Temple, he went 516-253.

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Several times, Chaney guided the Owls to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (NCAA March Madness). 

Chaney was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2006, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

“John Chaney was more than just a Hall of Fame basketball coach. He was a Hall of Famer in life,” former Owls head coach Fran Dunphy, who replaces Chaney, said. “He touched countless lives, including my own. I will miss him dearly and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

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