As a sports nut and movie buff, I've seen nearly every sports-related movie out there.
There's several elements that make a great sports movie.
There's the classic underdog story where a team or player overcomes advesity, whether it be lack of talent (Bad News Bears), racial tension (Remember the Titans and Glory Road) or other setbacks (A League of Their Own). Some inspire us and others are just quality entertainment.
But behind all great sports stories is a great coach, or at least a memorable one.
There have been plenty of coches in movies and television based on real people, but some of the classic coaches over the years have been made up.
Coaches like Mickey Goldmill in 'Rocky' have spawned other great coaches like the Karate Kid's Mr. Miyagi. Coaches like the Waterboy's Coach Klein and Major League's Lou Brown have made us laugh, while the Mighty Duck's Gordon Bombay and Friday Night Lights' Eric Taylor have inspired us.
So, I decided to come up with the 30 greatest fictional coaches of all time in both movies and television. The only stipulations were that they had to be fake names. Coaches based on real people, such as Burt Cotton in 'The Blind Side,' qualify since the real people they represent have a different name. Enjoy!
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