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The Best Fictional Sports Coaches In Movies & TV

Updated July 10, 2019 780 votes 83 voters24 items

Even if you've never played sports, you have to appreciate the wisdom and motivation that comes from fictional sports coaches. Whether in film or television, we've all been inspired by that one scene where the coach makes a last-minute speech to help rally the spirits of the losing team and inspires them to do better.

We've all wished we were in that locker room, and we’ve probably all wished we had such an inspiring coach to look up to. From baseball to football to hockey and beyond, no team in history would be worth remembering if it weren't for the head coach. That's why we're listing all the fictional sports coaches in movies and TV. Whether you prefer Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights, Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, or Gordon Bombay in The Mighty Ducks, here’s your chance to rank your favorite sports coaches.

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  • Eric Taylor1
    43
    20

    Eric Taylor

    Friday Night Lights (2006)
  • Mr. Kesuke Miyagi2
    37
    14

    Mr. Kesuke Miyagi

    The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Gordon Bombay3
    33
    18

    Gordon Bombay

    The Mighty Ducks (1992-1996)
  • Jimmy Dugan4
    26
    13

    Jimmy Dugan

    A League of Their Own (1992)
  • Coach Norman Dale5
    22
    9

    Coach Norman Dale

    Hoosiers (1986)
  • Chubbs6
    27
    17

    Chubbs

    Happy Gilmore (1996)
  • Lou Brown7
    23
    13

    Lou Brown

    Major League (1989)
  • Irving 'Irv' Blitzer8
    23
    14

    Irving 'Irv' Blitzer

    Cool Runnings (1993)
  • Patches O'Houlihan9
    19
    14

    Patches O'Houlihan

    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004)
  • Reggie 'Reg' Dunlop10
    15
    10

    Reggie 'Reg' Dunlop

    Slap Shot (1977)
  • Danny O'Shea11
    19
    15

    Danny O'Shea

    Little Giants (1994)
  • Coach Ken Carter12
    14
    10

    Coach Ken Carter

    Coach Carter (2005)
  • Mickey Goldmill13
    25
    27

    Mickey Goldmill

    Rocky (1976), Rocky III (1982)
  • Coach Morris Buttermaker14
    12
    9

    Coach Morris Buttermaker

    Bad News Bears (1976)
  • Coach Hayden Fox15
    10
    10

    Coach Hayden Fox

    Coach (1989)
  • Rocky Balboa16
    17
    21

    Rocky Balboa

    Creed (2015) Creed 2 (2018)
  • Sue Sylvester17
    13
    16

    Sue Sylvester

    Glee (2009)
  • Tony D'Amato18
    14
    18

    Tony D'Amato

    Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Coach Klein19
    10
    13

    Coach Klein

    The Waterboy (1998)
  • Cameron Tucker20
    10
    14

    Cameron Tucker

    Modern Family (2009-present)
  • Joe Riggins21
    5
    10

    Joe Riggins

    Bull Durham (1988)
  • Pop Fisher22
    6
    13

    Pop Fisher

    The Natural (1984)
  • Molly McGrath23
    6
    13

    Molly McGrath

    Wildcats (1986)
  • Larry Hockett24
    4
    16

    Larry Hockett

    Bull Durham (1988)