He was an assistant at Tennessee from 1950-63 on the staffs of four coaches, Bob Neyland (1950-52), Harvey Robinson (1953-54), Bowden Wyatt (1955-62) and Jim McDonald (1963). Two of his most treasured experiences came in his first two years on the Vols staff, in 1950 and 1951, when he coached defensive backs and linebackers for the Vols' national championship teams, widely considered two of the top squads in UT history.
He moved to West Virginia in 1964 and remained there as defensive coordinator under Gene Corum until he returned to Knoxville as general manager with Post and Company in 1966. He returned to UT in 1979, serving under head coach Johnny Majors, a player and an assistant coach during Chancey's tenure. He retired in 1988.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lennis Burgess Chancey, and three children, son Steve, a Vol football player from 1971-73, and wife, Sylvia, son Scott and wife, Judy, and daughter Cindy and husband, Eddie Foster. There are two sisters, Rose Griffith and Barbara Crox, both of Cleveland, Tenn., and five grandchildren.