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Chaney named new head coach
Craig Hall
Antelope Staff
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New UNK Coach Kevin Chaney has spent 16 years as an assitant coach before stepping into his new head coaching position.

UNK finished a week ahead of its deadline to hire a new women’s basketball coach after former coach Carol Russell’s resignation.  Kevin Chaney was announced on Thursday as the new Loper’s coach.  Chaney comes from Southern Illinois Edwardsville, which in his two-year tenure made the transition from Division II to Division I.  This will be Chaney’s first head coaching position.

“Bottom line, Kevin is ready to run his own program.  He brings outstanding professional and personal attributes to UNK.  He will be a strong addition to the Loper athletic program,” UNK Athletic Director Jon McBride said.

Chaney is a graduate of the College of San Mateo and San Diego State University.  He has already received a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from San Diego State University and at the end of the 2010 spring semester he will earn a master’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports management from SIUE.  Chaney has a 21-year-old daughter, Krystal, who lives in California and is studying to be an X-ray technician.

He has 16 years of assistant coaching experience and has worked at two Division I programs including SIUE.  From 2003 to 2006, Chaney was a member of the Nevada Wolfpack where he served as their recruiting and traveling coordinator, fundraising coordinator, liaison for compliance, strength and conditioning coach and athletic trainer.  All this work under different coaches and styles has allowed Chaney to form his own style.

“I love a transition offense and pushing the ball.    Of course it depends on the team. If I don’t have the right team we might have to slow it down and play a half court offense,” Chaney said.

Along with that Division I experience Chaney also brings 10 years of serving as the first assistant coach for Solano Community College in Fairfield.  While at Fairfield he helped the program win five Bay Valley East conference championships and make it to three California state Elite Eight appearances.  From there Chaney spent 2003 to 2006 at University of Nevada at Reno where he worked with current SIUE head coach Amanda Levens.  He followed his time at Nevada by spending a year at Lincoln University of Missouri and then a year at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he served as recruiting coordinator and team camp director before reuniting with Levens at Southern Illinois Edwardsville.  Levens said that Chaney’s experience at almost every level will be critical to him in his new position.

“He has handled most every responsibility that an assistant can handle, and that’s important because he will have an understanding of how he wants his program run,” Levens said.  Chaney will inherit a team that returns 11 of its 12 players on the roster from the 2009 to 2010 season.


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