bench coach

noun

Definition of bench coach

  1. 1 sports :  a coach (as in basketball or hockey) who actively manages the game and the players (as by directing strategy and making substitutions) from the bench area And Bowman, who got nearly $2 million to coach the next two years, is arguably the greatest bench coach ever. — Jeff Gordon, Hockey Digest, November 1993 Calipari has a track record as a bench coach and recruiter, making his reputation by lifting UMass out of the abyss to a Final Four in 1996 before becoming the coach of the New Jersey Nets in 1996. — Dick Weiss, Daily News (New York), 31 Mar. 2009

  2. 2 baseball :  a coach who functions as the manager's primary assistant and who advises the manager on strategy and tactics during games Currently he is the Yankees' bench coach, whose job during games consists of sitting next to manager Joe Torre and dispensing advice based on intuition—intuition that distills more than half a century of experience. — George F. Will, Newsweek, 3 Apr. 2000

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

1905

First Known Use of bench coach

1905


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bench coach? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

feeling or affected by lethargy

Get Word of the Day daily email!