co·​or·​di·​na·​tor | \ kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce coordinator (audio) \

Definition of coordinator

1 : one who coordinates something … government becomes the coordinator of the economy but not its boss.— Robert Heilbroner especially : a person who organizes people or groups so that they work together efficiently a project coordinator She served as the coordinator of the rescue effort. (American football) a defensive/offensive coordinator [=a coach who is responsible for overseeing a team's defensive/offensive players and strategies]

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Recent Examples on the Web Ajami is a distant cousin of Robert Saleh, the 49ers’ defensive coordinator and a rising star. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Robert Saleh, the 'pride and joy' of Dearborn, on cusp of Super Bowl glory," 2 Feb. 2020 Coaching Fair or not, Kyle Shanahan now has two fourth-quarter Super Bowl disintegrations attached to his name — one as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta three years ago and Sunday’s. Michael Lerseth,, "49ers’ Super Bowl review: For three quarters, it was theirs to win," 2 Feb. 2020 Former Argyle High School offensive coordinator and Baylor assistant Tate Wallis is also set to join the staff as an offensive assistant. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Football: UNT set to hire former FAU assistant Mathies to fill out staff," 30 Jan. 2020 Malzahn was Auburn’s play caller — as the offensive coordinator and the head coach — for six years before stepping back in 2016 and giving control to Rhett Lashlee. Giana Han, al, "Gus Malzahn turns play calling over to Chad Morris," 21 Jan. 2020 O’Brien, officials said, sees his role as coordinator and facilitator. Washington Post, "Killing of Soleimani reflects an aggressive national security team not inclined to curb Trump," 12 Jan. 2020 Hay went on to serve as the district's career and technical education coordinator and the director of the Kettle Moraine Summer Academy. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Kettle Moraine High School principal is charged in federal court with facilitating a child sex crime," 2 Jan. 2020 Along with the organ going to the University of Chicago Medical Center's Hyde Park campus from the airport: a surgeon, transplant coordinator and medical student. Amir Vera, CNN, "When a car delivering a heart for transplant got a flat, 2 Illinois state police came to the rescue," 29 Nov. 2019 Gill was hired away from Oregon, lured by a promotion and the opportunity to work in a program that could help him develop into an offensive coordinator or even a head coach in the future. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Don't be surprised if Arizona State football is Pac-12's biggest story by spring practice," 18 Jan. 2020

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1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coordinator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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: a person who organizes people or groups so that they work together properly and well

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