Movie coaches have the ability to impact any athlete's life in a significant manner. It's supposed to be in a positive manner when the coach can teach you more about the sport, how to get the most out of yourself and how to apply those lessons to everyday life. Of course, coaches can have an awful influence when they are only interested in making amazing sports highlights for their team, are selfish, lack ability and don't have the intelligence to do the job. Movie coaches can take on either role and the evil and selfish ones are often quite memorable. You wouldn't even want them to coach your worst enemy. (Well, maybe you would.)
Coach Moreland Smith, One-on-One
Smith is the basketball coach at a major university and he has mastered the art of sweet-talking high school basketball stars and enticing them to come to his school to play basketball on a scholarship. Smith, portrayed by G.D. Spradlin, offers small-town basketball hero Henry Steele a basketball scholarship. While Steele dominated in high school basketball, he is overwhelmed by the competition in college and the impatient Smith tries to pull his scholarship. He comes across as a phony who is really mean, selfish and arrogant. He's just an awful individual whom you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.
Coach Roy Turner, Bad News Bears
Turner is the youth league baseball coach of the Yankees and he has built a juggernaut of a team. Instead of instilling values like sportsmanship, teamwork, and fundamentals in his young players, Turner just wants to build a winning team to gratify his own ego. Portrayed by Vic Morrow, Turner urges his players to overwhelm the competition and rub it in when they get ahead and gets physical with his own players when they don't follow his instructions. He embarrasses himself and his own players in every scene and you wouldn't want him coaching your kid or your worst enemy's kid.
Coach Bud Kilmer, Varsity Blues
Kilmer is in his 35th year as head coach of West Canaan Coyotes and he is all about winning. If players get injured, Kilmer wants to haul them off the field and send the next player into the game. Played by Jon Voight, viewers understand that the coach doesn't care about anything else but his own winning record and his team adding to his championship totals.
Coach Bobby Knight, A Season On the Brink
Brian Dennehy portrayed legendary Indiana coach in this movie based on author John Feinstein's best-selling book. Knight is a classic bully who uses physical and emotional intimidation to get the best effort out of his players and get an edge on his opponents and referees. Knight demonstrates that he is a "my way or the highway" kind of coach who won't put up with any questioning of his methods.
Coach Klein, Waterboy
comedy features water boy Bobby Boucher giving up his role of handing out water to the players and taking on the role of football star. Boucher turns out to be a hard-hitting, bone-cracking, fumble-causing linebacker. Henry Winkler plays the role of coach Klein, the team's coach. He's not a bully and he's not a mean guy. He simply knows nothing about football and has no ability to help his team.
Coach Tony D'Amato, Any Given Sunday
This film is supposed to give us an inside look at the brutality and punishment involved in professional football. D'Amato, played by Al Pacino, is a win-at-all costs kind of coach who only cares about his own pay check and winning. By the end of the movie, the writers change the script and make it seem like he wants to prove his integrity, but that does not make sense. The veteran coach finds religion late in the fourth quarter? C'mon, nobody believes it. Too little and too late.