Temple coach Chaney wins 700th
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Temple University basketball coach
John Chaney became just the 16th men’s coach in NCAA Division I history to
reach 700 career wins Wednesday when the Owls defeated St. Bonaventure, 76-57,
at the Liacouras Center.
“I thought I would be a very old man when I reached (this milestone),” said
Chaney. “Tonight, you make me feel like a very young man. After all these
years, I only see faces and I only see memories of the people that gave the
energy and effort responsible for bringing me here,” Chaney told the crowd
after the game.
Chaney, in his 22nd season on North Broad Street and 32nd year coaching
overall, is one of just five active coaches to achieve the 700 victory
plateau. New Mexico State’s Lou Henson, Texas Tech’s Bobby Knight, Oklahoma
State’s Eddie Sutton and Arizona’s Lute Olson have also reached the milestone.
Chaney’s career coaching record stands at 700-278, with 475 wins coming at
Temple (475-219) and 225 at Cheyney State (225-59).
Chaney, who has taken the Owls to the NCAA Tournament 17 times since taking
over the program in 1982, led Cheyney State to the Division II national
championship in 1978.
The Owls have advanced to the “Great Eight” five times under Chaney, who also
owns the distinction of playing for the Harlem Globetrotters (1955). He grew
up in North Philadelphia and was the “Player of the Year” while at Ben
Franklin High School in 1951.
Chaney was an NAIA All-American at Bethune-Cookman College in 1953.