Topic: Coaches

January 2, 2014

Every year, the first Monday after the last Sunday of the NFL regular season leads to a mass sacking of coaches. This year was no different, mostly because the NFL has a difficult time imagining how or why it should be.

November 13, 2013

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new coach, who is also their old coach, and who is sort of a more complicated case than you might think.

May 9, 2013

The greatest possible tribute to what Sir Alex Ferguson did during his 26 years with Manchester United is how hard it is to imagine the team, or the game, without him. Even when he retires, though, Ferguson won't quite be gone.

December 12, 2012

Call it soccer diplomacy if you like, but American coaches have slowly won over the hearts and minds—and won quite a few games, in the case of new Egyptian National Team head coach Bob Bradley—of soccer teams from the Netherlands to Iran.

November 29, 2012

We watch NBA basketball for the players, because the players are where the fun is. But in some rare cases, coaches are able to meld with their players in a way that enriches both. In Tom Thibodeau's case, it has created a team that functions as an extension of his manic, strange, and kind of awesome combination of will and anxiety.

September 28, 2012

During his stints as a head coach at Michigan State and the University of Arkansas, John L. Smith has not proven to be much of a head coach. But he has never let that stop him from having his weird, public, maybe-sort-of-crazy type of fun. That may not matter as much to boosters and fans, but it's something.

April 6, 2012

Howard has pulled yet another surprise, as the world learned that the All-Star center wanted his coach gone. More than ever, one has to ask, does Howard know what he's doing? And if he does, is he reading from the same playbook as his peers?

April 3, 2012

John Calipari is the scourge of the NCAA. But not for the reasons you think. And hey, you might want to take a closer look at your own team's heroic coach. A look at college basketball's true heart of darkness. 

March 2, 2012

During his long life in basketball, Jeff Ruland has been a McDonald's All-American and NBA All-Star, and a successful college coach and NBA assistant. So what's the bruiser formerly known as McNasty doing coaching at the Division II University of the District of Columbia?

February 29, 2012

A blockbuster article in Sports Illustrated doesn't look good for UCLA Coach Ben Howland. But if anyone escapes the wreckage of the once-proud Bruins basketball program unscathed, employable and unembarrassed, it will probably be him.