Former Tiger Player, Coach John Chaney Passes Away

by (@LSUsports)
Former Tiger Player, Coach John Chaney Passes Away

BATON ROUGE — John Louie Chaney, a former two-sport LSU athlete and later men’s basketball assistant coach at LSU, passed away here Monday at the age of 84.

Chaney, who graduated from Zachary High School, came to LSU on an athletic scholarship for both basketball and track. He was a three-year starter in basketball in the early 1940s, earning all-SEC honors in the 1941-42 and 1942-43 seasons. He set what at the time was a single game scoring record of 45 points in 1942. He was also captain of the team for two years.

After serving in World War II, Chaney signed to play professional basketball with the Syracuse Nationals. He later returned to his alma mater as the assistant coach to the legendary Harry Rabenhorst and was assistant coach for the two SEC championship seasons (1953, 1954) and the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA Final Four (1953).

He later would work over 25 years for the East Baton Rouge City-Parish government.

He was named to the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and to the Zachary High School Hall of Fame.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, 9595 Florida Blvd with interment at Greenoaks Memorial Park.