The start to Jim Chaney's second season at Tennessee certainly offered a monumental assignment.
UT's offensive coordinator faced the task of replacing his quarterback, finding a starting tailback and overhauling nearly the entire offensive line.
But Chaney once again pushed all the right buttons to produce what turned into a terrific rushing and passing combination that vaulted Tennessee into another bowl game. Chaney saw junior Tauren Poole pass the 1,000-yard rushing plateau during his first season as the starter, and then watched as true freshman Tyler Bray threw for a UT freshman-record 1,849 yards while leading the Vols to a 4-0 November.
All this behind an offensive line that jelled down the stretch and offers a solid anchor for Tennessee's surging fortunes.
Chaney, 49, arrived in Knoxville in 2009 from the NFL ranks, having spent the three previous seasons as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Rams.The majority of Chaney's coaching experience, however, comes from the collegiate ranks. His coaching and recruiting turns at Purdue, Wyoming and Cal State Fullerton made him the perfect fit for Tennessee.
Chaney spent all three years in St. Louis coaching the offensive line before adding tight ends to his assignment sheet in 2008. During the 2007 campaign, Chaney helped coach an offensive line that led running back Steven Jackson to his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Possessing one of college football's best offensive minds, Chaney helped the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in passing offense five times and total offense three.
Purdue was ranked in the top 10 in the nation in total offense in six seasons, including 2000, when the Boilermakers ranked fourth.
Chaney served as the offensive coordinator at Purdue from 1997-2005.
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.
More importantly, the 2000 combination of Chaney and Brees under head coach Joe Tiller led Purdue to its first Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth in 33 years.
From 1997-2001, Chaney served as recruiting coordinator and helped the Boilermakers 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.
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 broke into coaching at Cal State Fullerton in 1985. He served in many areas, including offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator as well as coaching all offensive positions. Chaney had a stint as the offensive line coach at Western Michigan during the spring of 1988 before returning to Cal State Fullerton.
A native of Holden, Mo., Chaney earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Central Missouri State University in 1985 after a career at nose guard. He earned All-Conference honors as a senior.
Chaney and his wife, Lisa, who hails from Rock Springs, Wyo., are the parents of daughters Elizabeth and Sara.