Where Are They Now?: Jonathan Coachman

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March 26, 2014

Jonathan Coachman and Sage Steele host ESPN's SportsCenter

“They told me they were going to take me off the air immediately,” he said, noting that they wanted to try Mick Foley as an announcer. “They said, ‘We know your first kid is on the way and the travel can be difficult. Stay home and take care of that. If we need you, we’ll call you. If not, enjoy having your first kid and having some time at home.’ It meant the world to me.”

Since joining ESPN, Coachman has become a jack of all trades. He’s hosted “Coach & Company,” an afternoon drive time radio show that has since moved to Sundays. During the NFL season, he hosts “Football Sundays,” a TV and radio simulcast covering all the football highlights. During the college basketball season, he hosts ESPN’s extensive television coverage three days a week. He also anchors SportsCenter, ESPN’s centerpiece show, whenever possible.

Follow The Coach on Twitter | Listen to Coach & Company on ESPN Radio, Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I’m very blessed that I get to do the three things I really wanted to do in college hoops, the NFL and SportsCenter,” he said.

He credited his decade of working for WWE with getting him ready for the daily grind at ESPN.

“I’ve become a very, very good writer,” Coach said. “And I don’t feel like I anchor, I perform. I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve taken out of WWE. I’ve gotten to a point where The Coach is somebody people believe in, whether I’m doing wrestling or college basketball on a Tuesday night. Without all of those different experiences at WWE, I know I wouldn’t be as good doing this as I am now.”

When he’s not working at ESPN, Coachman’s time is devoted to his two children. When he can, he enjoys golfing with one of his closest friends and a fellow WWE alumnus, Todd Grisham.

For everything in his life, Coach is extremely grateful.

“For most people, this is their hobby,” he said. “Watching sports is what they do in their spare time. That’s what I do for a living and I never get sick of it. Some people might call that being a workaholic, I just call it being lucky.”

You can follow Jonathan Coachman on Twitter @TheCoachESPN. You can listen to his radio show, Coach & Company, Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on ESPNRadio.com, Sirius Channel 84 or your local ESPN Radio affiliate.

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