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A thirty-year coaching veteran in the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, ACC, and the NFL, Chaney served the 2015 season at Pitt after a two-year tenure at Arkansas (2013-14). He has also served as offensive coordinator as Tennessee (2009-12), Purdue (1997-2005), and Cal State Fullerton (1988-92).
Chaney also spent three years in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams (2006-08) working with the offensive line for two seasons and the tight ends for one. Steven Jackson was a 1,000-yard rusher in each of Chaney's three seasons in St. Louis. At Purdue, he coached quarterback Drew Brees, who later led the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl title. Brees led the nation in total offense in 2000 (358.1 yards per game) and was selected the winner of the prestigious Maxwell Award as the college player of the year.
Chaney was an instrumental figure in Arkansas achieving its first winning campaign since 2011 during the 2014 season. The Razorbacks averaged 406 yards and 31.9 points per game, capping the season with a 31-7 rout of Texas in the Texas Bowl. Chaney's offense produced two 1,000-yard rushers and a 2,000-yard passer.
In 2013, Chaney's offense featured underclassmen starters at quarterback, running back, tight end and two offensive line positions. Despite that youth, Arkansas averaged 5.28 yards per rush--the fourth highest season average in school history. Center Travis Swanson was a first team All-American, while running back Alex Collins was a 1,000-yard rusher and the SEC Freshman of the Year. Arkansas set a school record by surrendering only eight sacks.
While at Tennessee, he also served as the Volunteers' interim head coach for the 2012 season finale, a 37-17 win over Kentucky. That same year, UT quarterback Tyler Bray threw for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns, both career bests. Bray's 530 passing yards against Troy broke Peyton Manning's single-game school record and marked the second highest total in SEC history.
The Volunteers ranked among the nation's most productive offenses in 2012, finishing 15th in passing yards, 18th in total offense and 22nd in scoring. In 2012, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray passed for 3,619 yards and 34 touchdowns. At the time, his touchdowns were the seventh-most in a season in SEC history, and his passing yards ranked 11th in conference history. Bray also broke the Tennessee single-game record with 530 passing yards, a record previously held by Peyton Manning and the second-highest single-game total in SEC history.
Chaney is a 1985 graduate of Central Missouri State. He and his wife Lisa have two daughters, Elizabeth and Sara.