The BEST Episodes of Coach

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 8, 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.

Christmas of the Van Damned

#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.

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Craig T. Nelson
Writers:
Leaving Orlando (2)

#2 - 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.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Barry Kemp
Writers: Barry Kemp, Brad Johnson (VII), Mark Ganzel
The Investment

#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.

star 8.20
15 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers:
If a Coach Falls in the Woods (2)

#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.

star 8.19
16 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
Homewreckers

#5 - 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.

star 8.13
15 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Kathryn Baker
Don't Get Mad, Get Cooley

#6 - 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.

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Barry Kemp, Nell Scovell
2 BRs, MTN VW

#7 - 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.

star 8.10
10 votes
I'm Sorry I Told You My Wife Was Dead

#8 - 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.

star 8.05
20 votes
Writers: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
If Keith Jackson Calls, I'll Be at My Therapist's

#9 - 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.

star 8.00
15 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers:
One for the Road

#10 - 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.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Barry Kemp, Judd Pillot
The Luck Stops Here

#11 - 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.

star 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Scott Buck
Wings Over Buffalo

#12 - Wings Over Buffalo

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 20, 1996

On their way to face the Buffalo Bills in a wild-card game, Luther's love of chicken wings saddles the Breakers with a severe case of food poisoning.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: James Gardner
Writers: Brad Johnson (VII)
Sunshine on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy: A Show About Bird Ransom

#13 - 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.

star 7.92
13 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers:
When Hayden Met Christine

#14 - 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.

star 7.92
13 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Sheldon Bull
Diamonds Are a Dentist's Best Friend

#15 - 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.

star 7.92
12 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Sheldon Bull
Define Romance

#16 - Define Romance

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 3, 1989

Hayden feels threatened when Christine dates another.

star 7.90
21 votes
Directors: Andrew Chulack
Writers:
Hurley-Burleigh

#17 - 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.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
Leonard Kraleman: All-American

#18 - 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.

star 7.89
9 votes
Directors: Tony Dow
Writers: Sheldon Bull
Hayden and Luther's Excellent Adventure

#19 - Hayden and Luther's Excellent Adventure

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 1990

Hayden and Luther get stranded out of town the night Hayden is to escort Christine to an awards banquet in her honor.

star 7.87
15 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Sheldon Bull
Christmas Brains

#20 - Christmas Brains

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 1990

Grinch Hayden's ex-wife unexpectedly shows up at his holiday party with a gift idea that will make all his Christmases merry: she helps him decide to reunite with Christine.

star 7.86
14 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: John Peaslee, John Pillot
The Pioneer Bowl

#21 - 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.

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: Jeff Meyer
Writers: Joseph Staretski, Martin Rips
Dauber's Got a Girl

#22 - Dauber's Got a Girl

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 28, 1989

Hayden's plan to get even with the women's basketball coach jeopardizes Dauber's romance with her.

star 7.84
19 votes
Writers: Miriam Trogdon
The Day I Met Frank Gifford

#23 - The Day I Met Frank Gifford

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 28, 1995

Luther feels left out when Hayden and Christine are invited to New York for a dinner honoring Frank Gifford.

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Jeff Meyer
Writers: Tom Alan Robbins
Leaving Orlando (3)

#24 - Leaving Orlando (3)

Season 9 - Episode 23 - 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.

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Barry Kemp
Writers: Barry Kemp, Brad Johnson (VII), Mark Ganzel
I've Got a Secret

#25 - 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.

star 7.80
15 votes
Writers: