bench coach

noun

Definition of bench coach

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 GordonHockey DigestNovember 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 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. WillNewsweek3 Apr. 2000

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First Known Use of bench coach

1905


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