Hall-of-Fame Temple coach John Chaney passes away at 89

Hall-of-Fame Temple coach John Chaney passes away at 89

Former college basketball coach John Chaney passed away today at age 89. 

Chaney amassed 741 wins as a coach for Temple University and Division II Cheyney State University. He led the Owls to five Elite Eight appearances in his 24-year tenure. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and is the first Black collegiate head coach to win over 700 games. 

"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.

Known for his fiery passion, Chaney frequently battled opposing coaches, forming a notorious rivalry with current Kentucky head coach John Calipari. But even Calipari felt the loss of a coaching icon today. 

"Coach Chaney and I fought every game we competed – as everyone knows, sometimes literally – but in the end he was my friend," Calipari wrote in a Twitter thread. "Throughout my career, we would talk about basketball and life. I will miss those talks and I will my friend. Rest in peace, Coach!" sends its condolences to the Chaney family in this difficult time.

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