over·​coach ˌō-vər-ˈkōch How to pronounce overcoach (audio)
overcoached; overcoaching

transitive + intransitive

: to coach (someone) to an excessive degree
The local coaches there, they send me the game film, and I'll tell him what's right and what's wrong without trying to overcoach him …Fred Taylor
After several of the losses, he took the blame. He said he was overcoaching. He said his team was giving a good effort.Jeffrey Klein
… the best little boy performance I've ever seen in an American film. He doesn't come across as an overcoached professional kid …Roger Ebert

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t overthink it or overcoach it. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2021 There is no need to overcoach it, no need to overthink it, just get the ball in space and go. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 14 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcoach was in 1901

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“Overcoach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcoach. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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