Legendary former Temple University basketball coach John Chaney died on January 29, 2021 at the age of 89.
The legendary former Temple University basketball coach, John Chaney, died on January 29, 2021, as Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer first reported. He was 89 years old.
While coaching the Temple University basketball team, he won a total of 741 career games, took the team to the NCAA tournament 17 times, and reached the Elite Eight five times. Before he retired in 2006, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2006 he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
The legends continue, today it is John Chaney’s legendary Temple University coach. I will remember him so violently and intensely that not taking part in the competition was not an option for his team. #RIP Coach Chaney🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/54rEWnslBE
In his Hall of Fame biography, Chaney is described as a tough but loving coach known for his “Early Dawn Practices at Temple University”.
While the time of day that training began was distinctive, the values the veteran coach imparted to his players are more famous: discipline, teamwork, dedication, excellence, and execution. Chaney’s teams first played at Cheyney State in Cheyney, PA, where he won the 1978 NCAA Division II national championship, and later hardened basketball at Temple University in Philadelphia.
In 2019, Chaney, who was the national coach of the Year was appointed beyond his age. He told The Athletic, “The worst part of getting old is all the people you knew die. So you have to make new friends. “
Chaney is survived by his wife, Jeanne Dixon, who he has been married to since 1953, and their three children.
Start your day with a little laugh from the opening of his Hall of Fame speech about when he received the call that he would be recorded.
Chaney’s presence and legendary coaching career touched the lives of numerous athletes, basketball players, and sports analysts across the country.
Natalie Egenolf, radio host in Philadelphia, tweeted: “John Chaney was as philly as it gets. Synonym for @TempleUniv. Before I knew anything about the actual university, I knew John Chaney. He will be cherished in this city forever. #TempleMade. “
Chaney got five elite eight in the Temple. The 88 team was probably the best team in America this season. again … in * Temple *. A brilliant coach and a great man.
Chuck Swirsky tweeted : “RIP HOF John Chaney. In my days before the NBA I sent / called College Hoops. In 1987 the first round of the NCAA was held at the Rosemont Horizon. The temple was blown south and the owls had to wait for drug tests. Coach left Go on. He gave me a 10 minute interview, it was great. I loved his passion. “
RIP John Chaney. One of the greatest coaches who ever lived. @ TempleUniv Legends Never Die !! 🏀🏀 pic .twitter.com/qNPazXw5GK
John Chaney delivered the greatest sporting speech I have ever heard as a guest of honor at the end of the 1997 season in Georgetown. QEPD trainer.
Good punch Friday that John Chaney passed away. Coach had a special relationship with my father and I remember it from a young age years of it. Once I went to practice and arrived at 4:45 in the morning. Coach blurted out: “Your father would never have made it!” Then he smiled.