Jim Chaney

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Jim Chaney
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks coach
Team Pitt
Conference ACC
Biographical details
Born (1962-01-12) January 12, 1962 (age 53)
Holden, Missouri
Alma mater Central Missouri St.
Playing career
1980–1983 Central Missouri St.
Position(s) Nose Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1992 Cal St. Fullerton (assistant)
1993–1994 Wyoming (GA)
1995–1996 Wyoming (OL/RC)
1997–2001 Purdue (OC/RC)
2002-2005 Purdue (OC)
2006–2007 St. Louis Rams (OL)
2008 St. Louis Rams (TE)
2009–2012 Tennessee (OC/QB)
2012 Tennessee (Interim HC)
2013–2014 Arkansas (OC/QB)
2015–present Pittsburgh (OC/QB)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–0

Jim Chaney (born January 12, 1962) is an American college football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh, a position he has held since January 2015. Chaney previously served in the same capacity at the University of Arkansas from 2012 to 2014 and University of Tennessee from 2009 to 2012, assuming the role of interim head coach for the final game of the 2012 season after Derek Dooley was fired.

Coaching career[edit]

Chaney served as the offensive coordinator and multiple other assistant positions for other notable NCAA football programs such as: Purdue, Wyoming, Cal State Fullerton, and Western Michigan.[1] Between 2006 to 2009, he served as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL), working with the offensive line and tight ends. Chaney was brought to Tennessee in 2009 by Lane Kiffin. After the hiring of Derek Dooley in January 2010, it was confirmed that Chaney would remain at Tennessee as the offensive coordinator.[2] Tennessee named Chaney interim head coach on November 18, 2012, after it fired Dooley.[3] Six days later, Chaney won his only game as a head coach as Tennessee defeated Kentucky 37-17.

Offensive philosophy[edit]

While at Purdue, Chaney, along with head coach Joe Tiller, became known for using the spread offense – famously dubbed "basketball on grass" – at a time when it was still considered a novelty and not commonly used. The system relied on a strong passing game and Chaney's offense was one of the most potent in the country.[4] This was evidenced by the fact that future Super Bowl-winning quarterback Drew Brees (starting QB 1997-2000) thrived in Chaney's offense and went on to break and set college, Big Ten and NCAA records.[5]

When Urban Meyer took his first coaching job at Bowling Green, he sought advice from several of the best coaches using the spread offense, including Jim Chaney.[5] After spending a few years in the NFL Chaney gained a newfound appreciation for the pro-style offense.[6] When Chaney came to Tennessee he and Kiffin fielded a very pro-style offense, very similar to what Kiffin used at USC. Tennessee currently runs a modified pro-style attack that still relies heavily on the pass game.


Chaney was born on January 12, 1962. He is married to Lisa Chaney, and they have two daughters, Sara and Elizabeth.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (2012)
2012 Tennessee 1–0 1–0 6th (East)
Tennessee: 1–0 1–0
Total: 1–0


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