Good Grief! It's The 10 Most Outlandish Coaches of All Time!
It has been said that an effective coach understands how to communicate with players in a way that gets results. The goal of coaching is to guide, inspire, and empower the athlete to realize and develop to his or her full potential.
The best coaches are usually able to teach men and women to reach their goals while maintaining a sense of dignity and respect for themselves and towards others.
However, there are times when the best coaches are unable to maintain their own personal dignity or self-respect which brings us to our current list, The 10 Most Outlandish Coaches of All Time. Enjoy!
10. David Hay
Who?!?! Not that we have anything personal against this guy, but he's a curling coach, and just the fact that people need guidance and support in their quest to mop floors is enough of a reason to put this (or ANY) curling coach on the list of outlandish coaches.
So you might be wondering to yourself, why single out poor David Hay? Well he just so happens to be the head coach of the British National Men's Curling team and since there's no legitimate, sports-related way of slamming former BP CEO Tony Hayward for the mess he made in the Gulf of Mexico, this Hay guy will have to suffice.
For the record, Hayward was finally demoted from his CEO position at BP, so he might want to explore a new career as a curling coach.
Can anyone say clean up in Aisle 3?
9. Jeff Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy was a very successful coach for the New York Knicks, but when you're caught on camera clutching a Miami Heat team member's leg like you're a dog in heat, that is reason alone to make it onto our list of most outlandish coaches.
During the 1998 NBA Playoffs series between the Knicks and the Heat, the Heat's center Alonzo Mourning and the Knicks' forward Larry Johnson engaged in a violent, bench-clearing brawl. Van Gundy tried to break up the fight, but instead found himself clinging to Mourning's leg as he was dragged across the floor like a Swiffer.
Perhaps next time Van Gundy would be better off finding a fire hydrant.
8. Captain Lou Albano
With his elongated beard, rubber band facial piercings, crazy outfits, and musical ties to Cyndi Lauper, former World Wrestling Federation icon Captain Lou Albano clearly finds himself at home on our list.
For those who still believe that professional wrestling is real and have a hunger for meaningless stats, Captain Lou "managed" over 50 different wrestlers who won two dozen championships.
More importantly though, he realized that girls just want to have fun (although probably not with him).
7. Ozzie Guillen
If Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would have placed his hands over his mouth rather than his throat he might never have made it to our list of outlandish coaches, and what fun would that have been?
Although Guillen managed the Pale Hose to a World Series title in 2005, he is best known for his profanity-laced tirades both on and off the field. No matter if it's an umpire, player, media member, his boss, or the fans of Chicago, nobody has ever been spared the wrath of Guillen-tongue.
In fact, Guillen has been quoted as saying, "How many times do I curse people out? I will make a lot of money ... I have to keep going because in the future, Ozzie will need money."
It's a safe bet that Ozzie will retire very comfortably.
6. Diego Maradona
In the spirit of the World Cup, what list would be complete without including Argentina's colorful head coach, Diego Maradona? He's always been a character, but World Cup fever has raised his personal lunacy bar to a whole new level.
Upon Argentina's qualification for the World Cup tournament, Maradona told members of the media to "suck it and keep sucking it." He has driven his car over the leg of a cameraman, only to further belittle the poor guy by shouting to him, ""How can you put your leg there where it can get run over, man?
As if Maradona hadn't proven his insanity to this point, he has promised that if he leads Argentina to the 2010 World Cup Soccer championship, he will run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires.
All the more reason to cheer on Team USA.
5. Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown was a rarity indeed; he was both a player and manager for the Peanuts gang, a role which hasn't been seen in Major League Baseball since Pete Rose double-dipped as a player-manager for the Cincinnati Reds in 1985.
Charlie had moxie, that's for sure. Who else would have the guts to send out a daily lineup card that included himself as pitcher, Lucy in center field, piano-playing Schroeder behind the plate, thumb-sucking Linus with his security blanket at second base, and Snoopy, a beagle from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, at shortstop? Outlandish indeed.
With Brown at the helm, the Peanuts gang consistently experienced failure after failure, very rarely snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
With no disrespect to the Chicago Cubs, good, ol' Charlie Brown will always be America's most lovable loser.
4. Billy Martin
Long before there was Manny Ramirez and "Manny being Manny," there was Billy Martin and "Billy being Billy."
Whether it was being ejected from two games in one day, beating up a marshmallow salesman, getting involved in a dugout skirmish with former Yankees' great Reggie Jackson, or getting hired and fired by the Yankees four times over, Martin was a rare breed who, despite the wild and the wacky, still managed to achieve success as a big league manager.
Try telling that to former Yankees' pitcher Ed Whitson, who enjoyed playing for Martin so much that he broke his manager's right arm.
Just another example of Billy being Billy.
3. Mr. Miyagi
When Arnold from Happy Days can convince a kid that by waxing cars, sanding wood floors, painting fences, and refinishing houses, he will one day be able to learn enough karate to defeat an entire Cobra Kai dojo, then that guy has to have a ranking high atop our list.
Mr. Miyagi (played by the late Pat Morita in the 1984 classic film "The Karate Kid") was the Okinawan handyman who despite incorporating extreme methodology, was able to teach his young apprentice Daniel-san to kick butt, take names, and get the girl.
Miyagi also catches flies with chopsticks. Top THAT Jackie Chan.
2. Lou Piniella
Talk about anger management! The photo represents a less-than-happy camper needing to be restrained during his managerial days with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (which under normal circumstances would lead anyone to be angry). Unfortunately, this kind of behavior has always been the rule and not the exception for the crazy character we've all grown to love—"Sweet Lou" Piniella.
Need a base or another unique object thrown at someone? Do you want someone to kick dirt at that friend of yours who pulled an annoying prank on you? Has someone wronged you in such a way that only the best defamatory remarks and tirade can cure your ills? If so, Sweet Lou is your guy.
Apparently Piniella's "sweet" charm has rubbed off on many baseball clubs over the years, as he has worn the managerial jacket of the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, the aforementioned Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and, most recently, the Chicago Cubs.
However, the next jacket Sweet Lou dons might need to be a strait one.
1. Bobby Knight
What happens when you're the head basketball coach of the Indiana Hoosiers and you throw a folding chair across the court, choke one of your players, and tell the world "When my time on Earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass?" Well, you firmly stake your claim to top billing on the 10 Most Outlandish Coaches of All Time list.
While his coaching tactics were controversial, Bobby Knight's 29-year tenure at Indiana was legendary, winning three NCAA Men's Basketball Championships while maintaining an upstanding program free of recruiting violations, combined with a high rate of player graduation.
With a game face like Bobby's, you try telling him otherwise.