Coaches

Sports coaches are the professionals who instruct and train the athletes participating in some specific sports. Coaches play a very important role in helping individual players and teams achieve their full potential and thereby improve their performances. Professional sports are highly competitive and in such situations the responsibilities of the coach increases manifold. Often the head coach of a professional team is assisted by assistant coaches and physical trainers. Coaches identify the strengths and weaknesses of their clients and help them in implementing a suitable training programme to improve their physical and psychological fitness. In addition to helping professional players in achieving their highest potentials, coaches also scout for new talents. They play the role of mentors as they encourage and motivate aspiring sportspersons to take up a particular sport. Coaches in any sport are required to have experience and expertise in playing that particular sport. The duties and responsibilities of coaches differ according to the sports they coach their clients in. It is a highly demanding yet highly satisfying job. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous sports coaches from all over the world.

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1Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman
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Famous As: Football Manager, Former Player
Birthday: 21 March 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

Dutch formerfootball  player Ronald Koeman was one of the stars of the Netherlands national team during his playing days. After his retirement, he became a professional football manager and is currently the head coach of La Liga club Barcelona. Tremendously successful as a head coach, he was made the manager of Barcelona in 2020.

2Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthday: 21 July 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Argentinian

Renowned football manager and the current head coach of Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa is best known for remarkably improving the performance of the players he coaches. As a manager, his high point arrived when he helped the Argentinean national team bag the 2004 Olympics gold medal and later guided the Chile’s national team to qualify for the 2010 world cup.

3Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson
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Famous As: Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach
Birthday: 17 September 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Phil Jackson is a former professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association and won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 when he was with New York Knicks. Later, he coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and led them both to numerous championships and league titles and is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

4Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola
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Famous As: Former Footballer, Football Manager
Birthday: 18 January 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Spanish

A football addict from beginning, Pep Guardiola went on to become a key player with the Barcelona and the Spanish National team. He played a crucial role in winning major titles like the La Liga and an Olympic gold medal. After retiring as a player, he became a coach and is widely regarded as one of the world's best coaches. 

5Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Famous As: Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Birthday: 16 April 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legendary NBA champion and its all-time leading scorer. Known for his trademark skyhook shot, he achieved remarkable feats during his career. Later, he pursued a successful writing and acting career and was even selected U.S. global cultural ambassador. The NBA star is also the proud recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

6Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthday: 16 June 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

Jürgen Klopp is a German football manager and former player. He is the manager of the Liverpool football club and is considered as one of the best managers in the world. He has also been the manager of Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool won their first FIFA Club World Cup and first Premier League title under him. He is famous for his enthusiastic celebrations.

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7Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 13 October 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Doc Rivers is a former American basketball player, who in his thirteen seasons played primarily for Atlanta Hawks and was known for his defence. After retirement, he picked up coaching responsibilities for Orlando Magic and in his first year was awarded NBA Coach of the Year. Later, he led Boston Celtics to NBA championship. He is currently the coach of Philadelphia 76ers.

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8Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 01 November 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Erik Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent, created history when in 2008 he became the head basketball coach of Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association, making him the first Asian-American head coach of the four major North American sports leagues. When Miami Heat won in 2012, he became the first Asian-American head coach to win a NBA championship.

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9Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthday: 10 June 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

10Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthday: 26 January 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian
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11Tommy Tuberville

Tommy Tuberville
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthday: 18 September 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

12Pat Riley

Pat Riley
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Coach
Birthday: 20 March 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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13Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson
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Famous As: Former Manager of Manchester United
Birthday: 31 December 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish

14Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthday: 06 January 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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15Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthday: 29 November 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Welsh

16Arsène Wenger

Arsène Wenger
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthday: 22 October 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French

17Billy Donovan

Billy Donovan
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthday: 30 May 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

18John Madden

John Madden
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Players
Birthday: 04 May 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
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19Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 28 January 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

20Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthday: 09 August 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

21Muggsy Bogues

Muggsy Bogues
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 09 January 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

22Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthday: 22 October 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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23David Moyes

David Moyes
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthday: 25 April 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish

24Unai Emery

Unai Emery
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthday: 03 November 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish
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25Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthday: 28 March 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

26Mike Ditka

Mike Ditka
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Famous As: American Football Player, NFL Coach
Birthday: 18 October 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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27Nick Saban

Nick Saban
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Famous As: American football player
Birthday: 31 October 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

28Andy Reid

Andy Reid
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Famous As: Coaches
Birthday: 19 March 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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29Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 03 May 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

30Boris Becker

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Famous As: Former World No. 1 Tennis Star
Birthday: 22 November 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
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31Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthday: 28 April 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Argentinian

32Ed Orgeron

Ed Orgeron
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Famous As: Coach
Birthday: 27 July 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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33Jeff Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 19 January 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

34Rafael Benítez

Rafael Benítez
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthday: 16 April 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish

35Penny Hardaway

Penny Hardaway
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthday: 18 July 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

36Ime Udoka

Ime Udoka
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Famous As: American-Nigerian Basketball Player
Birthday: 09 August 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian, American

37Clarence Seedorf

Clarence Seedorf
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthday: 01 April 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Surinamese

38Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin
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Famous As: Sports coach, American football player
Birthday: 09 May 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

39Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthday: 20 October 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

40Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthday: 02 March 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

41Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthday: 17 October 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

42Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthday: 08 August 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch

43Bruce Arians

Bruce Arians
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Famous As: American football player
Birthday: 03 October 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

44Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 01 September 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

45Alfredo Di Stéfano

Alfredo Di Stéfano
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthday: 04 July 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Argentinian, Colombian, Spanish
Died: 07 July 2014

46Bobby Robson

Bobby Robson
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthday: 18 February 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: 31 July 2009

47Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 26 August 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

48Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthday: 20 April 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

49John Tortorella

John Tortorella
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthday: 24 June 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

50Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri
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Famous As: Italian Football Manager
Birthday: 11 August 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
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