By Joe Vitale:
Kirby Smart has made his first major hire as head coach at the University of Georgia. According to UGA, Smart has hired Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to fill the same role in Athens. Chaney will bring Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman with him as well to replace Rob Sale.
Chaney is a 1985 graduate of Central Missouri State, where he was an all-conference nose guard. Chaney, 53, has 30 years of coaching experience, starting as an assistant with Cal State Fullerton from 1985 to 1992. Chaney has made many coaching stops throughout his career, most notably with Purdue, the Saint Louis Rams, University of Tennessee, Arkansas and most recently Pittsburgh.
Chaney has found great success leading SEC offenses. In 2014, he coached an Arkansas offense that averaged 406 yards per game, 31.9 points per game, and had a pair of 1,000 yard rushers in Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams.
Chaney also served as offensive coordinator and QB coach at Tennessee from 2009-12 where he coached QB Tyler Bray to a season in which he threw for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns.
Prior to Knoxville, Chaney spent three seasons 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.
Among the many standouts he has coached is quarterback Drew Brees, with whom he worked with while offensive coordinator at Purdue.
He and his wife Lisa have two daughters, Elizabeth and Sara. DawgNation looks forward to welcoming the Chaney family to Athens!
Featured Photo: Matt Freed/Post-Gazette