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]

Examples of coordinator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Union-Tribune reported Saturday night that Hecklinski was out and that associate head coach/runnings backs coach Jeff Horton was replacing him as offensive coordinator. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2022 In his first season as defensive coordinator, Leonhard was a finalist for the Broyles Award which goes to the top assistant coach in college football. Emmett Prosser, Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2022 The employee, Samantha Wilson, identified herself as a Freedom of Information Act coordinator for the city. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2022 After her father’s death from metastatic prostate cancer in 1991, Mrs. Isaacs served as project coordinator at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for a study identifying genes associated with the inheritance of prostate cancer. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 1 Oct. 2022 Knowles, as the defensive coordinator of the Duke Blue Devils, watched his defense give up 502 yards that Saturday to Virginia in a 42-34 loss that dropped Duke to 6-5. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2022 Eventually, with payments on his $35,000 in student loan debt coming due, Sudhoff took a job as an operations coordinator at a manufacturing company that paid $15 an hour—far less than the $50,000-plus starting salaries DeVry had advertised. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2022 Nansen is in his first season as a defensive coordinator. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 29 Sep. 2022 Before taking over at Tulsa in 2015, Montgomery spent seven seasons at Baylor, including serving as the team's offensive coordinator from 2012-14. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coordinator

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coordinator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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