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The Craziest Coach Meltdowns of All Time

Updated January 30, 2020 1.1k votes 129 voters 9.0k views25 items

To be good at sports, and good at coaching sports, requires a lot of passion. A lot of that passion is shown by the players on the field, court, or ice, as they pour out their hearts and souls into winning. However, there have been plenty of instances where coaches have displayed the same type of energy, in the form of a major freak out. These sports coaches have melted down with epic tantrums, by getting in fights with officials (or even their players), and by arguing with the press.

Unfortunately, and especially in the latter case, it doesn't always come out at the right time, like, for instance in front of a camera. Reminding us all that coaches aren't wired the same way as us normal people or, yes, even their players, here's a list of the biggest coaching meltdowns in sports history to remind you that you're not as crazy as you might think, but these guys most definitely are.

These crazy coaches come from the NFL, NHL, the MLB and even some minor league and college sports teams as well. But the one thing they all have in common is their tendency to totally freak out. Vote for the sports coaches most likely to blow a fuse below, and then quickly get out of the way. 
  • Bob Knight
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    Rather than give one, specific instance of former college head coach Bob Knight blowing up, just site back and take in the craziness of his top-10 meltdown moments. Knight was the king of losing his cool, throwing chairs, ripping into the media and, yes, even going off on his own players.

    Wild meltdown?
  • John Tortorella
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    Although he isn't currently coaching anywhere, there's no denying that John Tortorella has the perception of being one of the feistiest head coaches in NHL history. He proved that when he attacked reporter Larry Brooks following a game back in 2010, while still coaching the New York Rangers.

    Who says that handling the New York media is difficult? Tortorella showed how to do it perfectly.

    Wild meltdown?
  • Jim Schoenfeld
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    It's no secret that head coaches aren't always the fondest of game officials - as is made pretty clear by this list. With the tough responsibility of calling the game the right way, sometimes coaches disagree with the boys in stripes - and former hockey coach Jim Schoenfeld might have shown his displeasure the best, calling referee Don Koharski a "fat pig" and suggesting he eat a donut.

    Wild meltdown?
  • Billy Martin
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    Known as one of the biggest managerial hot heads in MLB history, former New York Yankees manager Billy Martin had a number of instances in which he saw himself face-to-face with an umpire.

    Each time Martin exited the dugout to argue a call, there was no telling what would come out of his mouth - and this was one of his best.

    Wild meltdown?

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