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Coach of the Year (2015)

A swim team tries to win a state championship - without a pool to practice in.


David Stott




Cast overview, first billed only:
Harris Doran ... Jack Wright
Melissa Archer ... Kelly Smithson
Hunter Gomez ... Matt Ross
Edward Herrmann ... Bill Ford
James McCaffrey ... Fred Call
Kevin Brown ... Beefy
Chris Ceraso ... Horace Wright
Evan Zelnick Evan Zelnick ... Kyle Gibbons
Paten Hughes ... Blake Martin
Montana Marks ... Lauren Bowman
Lee Matthews Lee Matthews ... Owen Burns
Blake Toliver Blake Toliver ... Danny
Brent Toliver Brent Toliver ... Alex
Joanna Bayless ... Janice
Alan Hancock Alan Hancock ... Jeff Hughes


COACH OF THE YEAR is a rousing sports comedy about an unconventional coach who guides an underdog team to victory. Set against the high-spirited world of high school swimming, the film stars Harris Doran, Melissa Archer, Chris Ceraso, Paten Hughes, James McCaffrey, Kevin Brown, and Edward Herrmann, appearing in his ultimate onscreen role. In his feature film debut, award-winning writer/director David Stott enlivens the movie with an unusual degree of technical and emotional authenticity. The story draws on his extensive swimming and coaching experience and the events depicted in his film, even those that seem too good to be true, are based on his own life and experiences. Produced by Melissa Gundlach, Donna McKenna, David Stott and 12 time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, COACH OF THE YEAR is in its final stages of post-production and is being readied for commercial release later this year.

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Comedy | Family | Sport



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Release Date:

3 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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It's like watching a bad movie when you're stoned- but you're not stoned.
3 March 2017 | by Fujiko-sanSee all my reviews

I saw this at the Soho Film festival last summer. It's so bad that it was a joy to sit there and make fun of it, but quietly since the theater was packed with the friends and family of the cast and crew.

To begin, the script is terrible. I mean, really, really bad. Dialog is often incomprehensible. Suddenly there is drama and you have no idea where the heck it came from. All of the romance is just stupid. People just show up and do things and you're thinking, "Why did he do that?" Motivation? We don't know!

Basically, as a viewer, the best you can do is just let yourself go with the flow. Don't try to understand and just enjoy the rare moments when people are swimming and not talking. It's like watching a bad movie when you're stoned- but you're not stoned.

Add to this cliché after tired cliché, and absolutely the worse acting I have seen in a REALLY long time, and you have this film. I would have walked out but, as I mentioned, the theater was full of family and I'm a softy.

Acting sum up: The lead character of the Underdog Coach is an unintentional caricature of himself: a comic trying too hard to be clever but only his mom loves him. His acting is so bad it's almost like he's doing it on purpose.

His chemistry in the supposed love-triangle with his assistant coach and her rich, douche-bag boyfriend (did I say cliché already?) is as sexy as an empty paper bag- and as hollow.

The kids are all OK. (Considering they're amateurs they do OK.) They probably would have done better with lines that didn't sound like they came straight out of a 1986 after school special.

Directing sum up: The direction is non-existent at best. I suspect that the Director was too busy trying to get the damn movie produced (throwing you a bone here, hon) to actually pay attention to his actors. To make up for it, he added a soundtrack heavy on the Wagner that is LOUD. I'm not kidding. It's ridiculous. If I had been stoned, it would have distracted me from the horrible script.

In short, this is supposed to be a movie for people who love the sport of swimming. Believe it or not, I am a swimmer. This should have been right up my alley but I guess I have standards.

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