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Jonathan Coachman : biography

August 12, 1972 -

Jonathan William Coachman (born August 12, 1972), also known as "The Coach", is a former professional wrestling color commentator and authority figure. He is also a former college basketball player, and football play-by-play announcer. He is best known for his work with WWE, where he spent nine years as a commentator, interviewer, and occasional wrestler.

He is currently the nationally syndicated afternoon drive host on ESPN Radio (Coach & Company), and serves as an anchor for SportsCenter on ESPN.

Post WWE

In 2008, Coachman left World Wrestling Entertainment to begin a career with ESPN.http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/shooting-breeze-with-oklahomas-resident-baron-bar-b-q-with-random-thoughts-here-and-there [ Jim Ross blog confirming Coachman's departure for ESPN. He now lives on Southington, Connecticut.] In April 2009, Coachman was involved in a video with John Cena meeting up since his departure from the WWE. Cena made fun of Coach stating he is an "intern" on SportsCenter (this was when Coachman told Cena he now hosts SportsCenter). After agreeing to catch up with each other, Cena locked Coach out of the ESPN building with Coachman stating, "I know this was funny that last 9 years or so...but come on, man." In January 2010, The Rock was a special guest on SportsCenter, promoting his new movie Tooth Fairy. The Coach was once again involved in a skit with The Rock, where he was mocked by him, and Coach invited him to be interviewed on the station.

In wrestling

  • Wrestlers managed
  • Garrison Cade
  • Al Snow
  • Theme songs
  • "What You Gonna Do" by Victor Reid (September 2003–April 2006)
  • "Hard Hittin" by Homebwoi (WWE Wreckless Intent) (June 2006–April 2008)

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (1999–2008)

Coachman began his World Wrestling Federation career as an interviewer, commentator, and presenter. His first appearance was on the December 23, 1999 edition of SmackDown!, where he interviewed The Rock. Coachman was also involved in occasional segments with The Rock, in which The Rock attempted to humiliate Coachman in any form possible, whether it was forcing him to sing, dance, or smile for the camera. The Rock also accused Coachman of performing rather lewd activities with farm or wild animals.

Raw

The Coach made a heel turn against Shane McMahon on August 24, 2003 at SummerSlam. After this he would have an on-screen role as the "lackey" to then General Manager of Raw, Eric Bischoff. Coachman continued to work as a heel and later teamed up with his fellow WWE Heat announcer Al Snow in a storyline feud against the Raw announce team, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross. This feud would even see the pair win the right to announce the main show from the Ross and Lawler at one point. Later, Coachman achieved a singles victory on pay-per-view at Backlash, in 2004 by defeating Tajiri (albeit with the assistance of Garrison Cade). Coachman would go on to host the 2004 and 2005 Raw Diva Searches. Later, Coach would gain his own column in the now defunct Raw Magazine ("Coach's Corner") and his own webcast on WWE.com ("CoachCast"). Coachman was officially added as the third member to the Raw broadcast team and signed a multi-year contract with WWE in 2005.

During October 2005, Coach was involved in an angle involving the McMahon Family publicly firing Jim Ross due to the actions of Ross's friend, Steve Austin. The firing of Ross gave Coach the position of lead announcer on Raw. The storyline would culminate in a match at Taboo Tuesday where Austin faced Coach in a match with both Austin's and Ross's jobs on the line. Though the match was originally scheduled to be Austin versus the Coach, Austin refused to participate because of issues he had with the storyline (the original story is said to have called for Austin to lose following a run-in by the returning Mark Henry). World Heavyweight Champion Batista was renamed the opponent to play up the SmackDown! vs. Raw storylines. On the October 31, 2005 edition of Raw, Batista came out and accepted the match only to be attacked by Coach's backup, the returning Goldust and Vader. At Taboo Tuesday, Batista faced off against Coach in a Street Fight. Vader and Goldust tried to interfere in the match, but Batista won. However, no mention of the Jim Ross stipulation was ever mentioned after the match.

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