MOREHEAD – Former Morehead State coach Dr. Rex Chaney has been selected for induction into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame. The longtime golf, baseball and basketball coach was associated with Morehead State from 1953 until his retirement in 2014.
The ceremony will take place in Lexington in mid-November.
Chaney, who was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2015 and is also member of the Morehead State Athletics Hall of Fame, was a bit surprised by his inclusion in the KGHOF class of 2016.
“It’s one of those deals where you didn’t expect it, and it comes along,” Chaney told the Ashland Daily-Independent. “I’m tickled to death. You work hard, certainly it pays off in the end.”
Chaney served as head men’s golf coach at Morehead State from 1976-2014. He was tabbed as the OVC Coach of the Year after MSU captured league championships in 1977, 1981, 1993 and 1999. He also directed the Eagles to six other top-three finishes at the annual conference tournament.
In men’s golf, Chaney coached 20 All-OVC selections, six All-OVC Tournament honorees, six conference-tournament runners-up, three league-tournament medalists and two OVC Players of the Year. The group includes current professional golfer Josh Teater.
Chaney led the Eagles to a 111-56 (.665) record as head baseball coach from 1961-67. The OVC’s 1963 Baseball Coach of the Year guided MSU to at least a share of the league’s east division crown each year from 1961-64. He also served four seasons as an assistant men’s basketball coach.
Chaney was inducted into the prestigious MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and is still the only member to be inducted while still an active part of the coaching staff. The mentor holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State, in addition to a doctorate from Indiana University. He joined MSU’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation faculty in 1961.
Throughout his career he ran a hugely popular golf camp for juniors, even spending his own money to keep the camp running when costs increased. He was recognized in 2014 with the J.W. Janes Award from the Kentucky Golf Association for his outstanding contributions to amateur golf.
A native of Perry County, Chaney is married to the former Sarah Kidwell. He has one daughter (Jennifer), one son (Lee – a professional golfer as well) and two grandchildren (Eric and Olivia).