American Football Database
Jim Chaney
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator
Quarterbacks coach
Biographical details
Born (1962-01-12) January 12, 1962 (age 60)
Holden, Missouri
Alma materCentral Missouri
Playing career
1980–1983Central Missouri
Position(s)Nose tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Cal State Fullerton (assistant)
Wyoming (GA)
Wyoming (OL/RC)
Purdue (OC)
St. Louis Rams (assistant OL)
St. Louis Rams (TE)
Tennessee (OC)
Tennessee (interim HC)
Arkansas (OC/QB)
Head coaching record

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 Arkansas, a position he has held since December 2012. Chaney previously served in the same capacity at the 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

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]

Offensive philosophy

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. One of those guys was Jim Chaney.[5] But 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

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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