Legendary Temple coach John Chaney dies

Temple head coach John Chaney shouts instructions to his players during the first half of their basketball game with Duke, Saturday, February 25, 2006, in Philadelphia.  Duke won 74-66 (AP Photo / Tom Mihalek)
Temple head coach John Chaney shouts instructions to his players during the first half of their basketball game with Duke, Saturday, February 25, 2006, in Philadelphia. Duke won 74-66 (AP Photo / Tom Mihalek)

The legendary men’s basketball player John Chaney died a week after his 89th birthday, Mike Jensen from the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Dana O’Neil from Athletic confirmed that.

Chaney was known as a teacher of life lessons with crack formation. He was twice the USBWA National Coach of the Year (1987, ’88) and won the 1978 NCAA Division II National Championship while coaching Cheyney State based from Cheyney, Pennsylvania.

He joined Temple in 1982, revitalizing the program and leading it to 17 NCAA tournaments and five NCAA regional finals. Prior to his arrival, the owls had never been to the national tournament during back-to-back seasons. Under Chaney, the five rattled straight from 1984 to 1988 and then made 12 straight from 1990 to 2001. During the years he won coach of the year, the Owls had 30 seasons. The team 1987-88 finished the year as number 1 overall.

Chaney was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. He retired after a 24-year coaching career with Temple in 2006. He was 516-253 (.671) as Temple coach.

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