Jim Chaney
Jim  Chaney

Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends

Jim Chaney is in his ninth season as offensive coordinator. In addition, he is in the third year of his second stint coaching the tight ends.

Possessing one of college football's best offensive minds, Chaney has helped the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in passing offense five of the last eight seasons (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004) and in total offense on three occasions (1997, 1999 and 2002).

Purdue has ranked among the most potent offenses in the nation six of the last eight campaigns, as well:

1997: 13th passing, 7th total
1998: 7th passing, 16th total
1999: 4th passing, 8th total
2000: 6th passing, 4th total
2002: 31st passing, 7th total
2004: 4th passing, 13th total

Individually, quarterback Drew Brees, a second-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2001, was the NCAA total offense champion in 2000, averaging 349.1 yards per game, and received the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player. Tim Stratton received the inaugural John Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end in 2000.

From 1997 to 2001, Chaney served as recruiting coordinator and helped Purdue sign some of the country's top high school talent. The 1998 class was ranked second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally. Each of Chaney's last five classes was in the top 30 nationally.

Chaney previously coached the tight ends from 1999 to 2001. He coached the offensive line in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and was co-offensive coordinator (with Tim Lappano) in 1997.

Before his Purdue tenure, Chaney was offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Wyoming in 1995 and 1996. He joined the Cowboys in 1993 as a graduate assistant, working with the tight ends and recruiting.

Chaney was at Cal State Fullerton from 1988 to 1992 and from 1984 to 1987. He served in many areas, including offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator as well as coaching the quarterbacks, receivers and both lines. He was offensive line coach at Western Michigan in the spring of 1988.

Chaney earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Central Missouri State in 1985 and was an all-conference nose guard his senior year.

A native of Holden, Mo., Chaney (born Jan. 12, 1962) and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Sara.


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