The NFL season is in full swing and my Philadelphia Eagles are 4-1. So, in honor of the awesome Chip Kelly, and in hopes of a win against the New York Giants on Sunday, this week’s list is my eight favorite TV coaches.
1. Ernie “Coach” Pantusso – Cheers, played by Nicholas Colasanto. Coach got his nickname from being the former third base coach of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. He was not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he had a great heart.
2. Sue Sylvester – Glee, played by Jane Lynch. Sue is the cheerleading coach for the William McKinley High School Cheerios. I would not say that Sue is the best coach, in terms of inspiring her athletes, but she does have a lot of trophies.
3. Hayden Fox – Coach, played by Craig T. Nelson. Hayden was the head coach of the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles Football Team before being hired as the head coach of an NFL expansion team, the Orlando Breakers. He often had to deal with the issues of his fellow coaches more than his players. This clip does not really feature Nelson, but is just a funny scene from the show.
4. Math Rogers – Life Unexpected, played by Austin Basis. In addition to being a math teacher, Rogers also coached the Westmonte High School JV Girls Basketball Team. They did not win many games but they always had a good time.
5. Whitey Durham – One Tree Hill, played by Barry Corbin. Whitey was the coach of the Tree Hill High School Ravens Boys Basketball team. He also coached briefly at the college level before retiring. He was always a source of advice for his players and, often, their parents as well.
6. Pete Hill – Enlisted, played by Geoff Stults. After realizing that the shrapnel in his shoulder will prevent him from being quarterback for the annual football game against the Marines, Pete must train his team to win…or at least score one touchdown. Since Fox is evil and took down most of their clips of the show, all I have for you is this image of Stults in a half shirt. You’re welcome.
7. Alison Hendrix – Orphan Black, played by Tatiana Maslany. She coaches her kids soccer team and also figure skating. We never actually see her in action, but she at least provides the orange slices, which is important to any training session.
8. Eric Taylor – Friday Night Lights, played by Kyle Chandler. I saved the best for last. Coach Taylor was the head coach of the Dillon High School Panthers. He left Dillon to be the Quarterback coach for Texas Methodist University, but eventurally returned to the Panthers. He was then made head coach of the East Dillon Lions, with whom he won a State Championship. After moving to Philadelphia for his wife’s job, he became the head coach for the Pemberton Pioneers. There is nothing to say about him except: Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.