By Harry Allison
Legendary Temple coach John Chaney has died at the age of 89, Mike Jensen of the Inky reports.
Just got confirmation from someone close to John Chaney. The Temple legend of legends has passed away. RIP to a unique man and Hall of Fame coach.
— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) January 29, 2021
Chaney was a two-time USBWA National Coach of the Year (1987, ’88) and won the 1978 NCAA Division II national championship while coaching Cheyney State.
He joined Temple in 1982, revitalizing the program and leading it to 17 NCAA tournaments and five NCAA regional finals. Before his arrival, the Owls had never made it to the national tournament in back-to-back seasons.
Under Chaney, they rattled off five straight from 1984 to 1988 and then made it 12 straight from 1990 to 2001. In the years he won coach of the year honors, the Owls had 30-win seasons. The 1987-88 team finished the year ranked No. 1 overall.
Chaney was enshrined in 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’s coach.