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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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No wonder modern cinema is trash
22 May 2018 | by reviewerofbadfilmsSee all my reviews

I'll keep this short and sweet. Whoever made this film shouldn't quit his day job unless that day job is filmmaking. The film is an insult to the sports genre and comedy as well. It's painful getting past the first twenty minutes let alone the entire movie. I wish I hadn't wasted my time watching this. People say bad movies have a charm to them and one can always watch them with friends stoned or whatever but, this, this is something I wouldn't even watch dead. One star is being generous as this isn't even worthy of being a student film. The dialogue is like a moist fart, the acting is like that of the "Garbage pail kids" movie. Well that's harsh put it's close. No one asked for this film, no one needed it made. No one wants it to this day. I heard from a friend who told me about this film that the director is trying to get distributors to buy it, and it's been like 3+ years. Who in their right mind would buy it, it would be a huge loss to put any investment into it. SOMEHOW it has a 7.1 rating, director probably told friends and family to put high rating cause anything over a 3.5 is way too high for this film. Hopefully we never see anything this bad from this director again. So sad for that olympic athlete they got for the film. I'm thinking she was probably hoping this would be a great family hit that would launch her into an even bigger spotlight. Sadly because of this she might never really be known besides her olympic status.

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