The BEST Episodes of Coach
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
Hayden Fox is the head coach of the Minnesota State University football team, and he eats, sleeps and lives football. His girlfriend Christine, however, does not share his passion for the sport, which frequently causes friction in their relationship. While Hayden often fits the stereotype of dumb jock (as do his co-workers Luther and Dauber), he sincerely cares about his friends and family, and tries his best to make things work out.
#1 - Christmas of the Van Damned
Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 14, 1993
Luther makes a nuisance of himself after tracing his family tree and learning of a large group of Van Dams living in the area.
#2 - Homewreckers
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 6, 1990
Hayden seeks Luther's companionship while Christine works on the weekend, and while she is away nearly destroys her apartment.
#3 - The Investment
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 9, 1990
Luther takes a risk and invests in the Touchdown Club with Hayden's encouragement. But their friendship is put to the test when there's a break-in.
#4 - If a Coach Falls in the Woods (2)
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 12, 1989
In a last-ditch attempt to thwart Kelly's marriage to Stuart, Hayden does the mature, fatherly thing and runs away.
#5 - 2 BRs, MTN VW
Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 26, 1991
Whiny, well-meaning Stuart nearly drives Hayden to murder on a ski trip with Christine and Kelly.
#6 - Oh, A Pro Job (1)
Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired May 3, 1995
Hayden and Christine go on a Caribbean cruise to get away from it all, but can't seem to steer clear of a wealthy eccentric, who makes a surprising offer.
#7 - I'm Sorry I Told You My Wife Was Dead
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 26, 1989
Hayden consoles a wealthy alumnus' widow to secure a substantial donation.
#8 - If Keith Jackson Calls, I'll Be at My Therapist's
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 19, 1989
As the football season's pressure mounts, Hayden develops a hard-to-conceal facial tic before a nationwide television broadcast.
#9 - The Pioneer Bowl
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 7, 1993
On the day of the Pioneer Bowl, an accident puts Luther in the hospital with a concussion -- but the team wins the National Championship anyway.
#10 - Leonard Kraleman: All-American
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 19, 1991
Hayden tries to discourage a scrawny, unpopular student who wants to try out for the football team, and Christine schools him in the art of gaining popularity.
#11 - Leaving Orlando (2)
Season 9 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 1997
Hayden, Luther and Dauber return to Minnesota State, where they reminisce about their college-coaching years and see some familiar faces. Later, at the lake with Christine and Tim, Hayden shares his vision of the family's future -- an idea she quickly embraces.
#12 - Don't Get Mad, Get Cooley
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 11, 1991
Hayden sells Luther his old truck which soon breaks down, so Luther contacts a local news program to do a piece on Hayden in order to embarrass him. After cooler heads prevail, Luther and Coach race to get back the tape before it airs.
#13 - One for the Road
Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired May 18, 1993
Hayden and Christine's third attempt to get married includes plans for a wedding in the woods in a church that's due for demolition.
#14 - The Luck Stops Here
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1993
Luther and Hayden have vastly different views on the reasons for the team's success.
#15 - Retrospective (1)
Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired May 24, 1994
This is an unusual greatest moments episode. The format is an interview with Hayden about his life and work at Minnesota State. In the first of this two part series Mary Hart interviews Hayden about the beginnings of his relationship with Christine. Another unusual part of this episode is its absence of a laugh track, leaving the jokes to push themselves.
#16 - I've Got a Secret
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 16, 1990
When Hayden secretly recruits a top quarterback, Christine blabs to a sportscaster.
#17 - Poodle Springs
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 5, 1990
Hayden impresses Judy's parents when he saves their pet poodle.
#18 - When Hayden Met Christine
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 1990
Dateless for a charity ball, Hayden flashes back four years to when he first met Christine, at the same affair.
#19 - Sunshine on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy: A Show About Bird Ransom
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 20, 1990
Hayden loses Luther's prized bird while the assistant coach vacations.
#21 - Diamonds Are a Dentist's Best Friend
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 9, 1991
Cash-poor Hayden buys Christine's engagement ring from a cut-rate jeweler/dentist.
#22 - The Bigger They Are...
Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 23, 1993
One of Hayden's former football players is forced into early retirement because of a surprising medical problem -- despite his very real knee injuries; the real reason is cancer.
#23 - Hurley-Burleigh
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 12, 1991
On his first trip to Las Vegas, athletic director Howard wants to sow some wild oats.
#24 - The Pineapple Bowl (1)
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 7, 1991
Hayden is beaten before he plays his first bowl game when he learns the opposing coach is his former mentor.
#25 - Define Romance
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 3, 1989
Hayden feels threatened when Christine dates another.