• WordNet 3.6
    • v coach teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports "He is training our Olympic team","She is coaching the crew"
    • v coach drive a coach
    • n coach a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport "he always rode the bus to work"
    • n coach a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
    • n coach a railcar where passengers ride
    • n coach a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)
    • n coach (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Decoration - a coach and horses Decoration - a coach and horses
Coach and horses Coach and horses
"Here Is the Coach!" Shouted Candlewick "Here Is the Coach!" Shouted Candlewick
Washington's Coach Washington's Coach
A Stage Coach of the Eighteenth Century A Stage Coach of the Eighteenth Century
woman in coach surrounded by coachmen woman in coach surrounded by coachmen

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bill Russell was the first black head coach of a major league pro sports team
    • Coach (Naut) A cabin on the after part of the quarter-deck, usually occupied by the captain. "The commanders came on board and the council sat in the coach ."
    • Coach (Railroad) A first-class passenger car, as distinguished from a drawing-room car, sleeping car, etc. It is sometimes loosely applied to any passenger car.
    • Coach A large, closed, four-wheeled carriage, having doors in the sides, and generally a front and back seat inside, each for two persons, and an elevated outside seat in front for the driver.
    • Coach A special tutor who assists in preparing a student for examination. "Wareham was studying for India with a Wancester coach ."
    • Coach (sports) One who coaches;
    • Coach To convey in a coach.
    • v. i Coach To drive or to ride in a coach; -- sometimes used with "Coaching it to all quarters."
    • Coach To prepare for public examination by private instruction; to train by special instruction. "I coached him before he got his scholarship."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1964, University of Oregon grad student Carolyn Davidson designed what became known as the Nike “swoosh” for a mere $35. She did it four years after Phil Knight and track coach Bill Bowerman founded the company they originally called Blue Ribbon Sports.
    • n coach A four-wheeled close vehicle of considerable size; originally, a finely built covered carriage for private use; now, any large inclosed vehicle with the body hung on easy springs, especially one for public conveyance of passengers: as, a stage-coach. See mail-coach, tally-ho.
    • n coach A passenger-car on a railroad. See railroad-car.
    • n coach An apartment in a large ship of war, near the stern and beneath the poop-deck, usually occupied by the captain.
    • n coach A private tutor, especially one employed in preparing for a particular examination.
    • n coach A person employed to train a boat's crew or other athletes for a contest.
    • n coach The bone of the upper jaw of the sperm-whale. Also called sleigh. C. M. Scammon.
    • coach To put in a coach; convey in a coach.
    • coach To run over with a coach.
    • coach To tutor; give private instruction to; especially, to instruct or train for a special examination or a contest: as, to coach a student for a college examinationl to coach a boat's crew; to coach a new hand in his duties.
    • n coach In base-ball one of the players belonging to the side at the bat who takes his position near either first or third base and advises the base-runner when to run.
    • n coach A tame bullock or horse used as a decoy in capturing wild cattle or horses.
    • coach To capture (wild cattle or horses) with the help of a tame bullock or horse as a decoy: see coach, n., 6.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only loss Packers' coach Vince Lombardi ever suffered in the postseason was to the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13, in the 1960 NFL championship game.
    • n Coach kōch a large, close, four-wheeled carriage: a private tutor: a professional trainer in athletics
    • v.t Coach to carry in a coach: to tutor, instruct, prepare others for, as an examination or a rowing contest, &c
    • v.t Coach to study under a tutor
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  • Lou Holtz
    “Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.”
  • John Madden
    John Madden
    “Coaches have to watch for what they don't want to see and listen to what they don't want to hear.”
  • Ara Parasheghian
    Ara Parasheghian
    “A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
  • Reggie White
    Reggie White
    “I have a lot of respect for tough coaches.”
  • Herbert Kaufman
    Herbert Kaufman
    “Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.”
  • Rick Pitino
    Rick Pitino
    “Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. coche, fr. It. cocchio, dim. of cocca, little boat, fr. L. concha, mussel, mussel shell, Gr. , akin to Skr. çankha,. Cf. Conch Cockboat Cockle


In literature:

Owing to accidents to the coach, and want of sobriety at several of the coach stages, we were very much behind time in arrival.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
And there she sat as proudly as if she were in a state coach, and looked all around her.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The six troopers rode three abreast behind the coach, which rattled along swiftly, while the sergeant and I followed.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
He is usually one of my coaches that I carry with me.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
The mail-coach horses were then decorated with laurels, and a red flag floated on the roof of the coach.
"A Hundred Years by Post" by J. Wilson Hyde
Rather let us mount and ride to meet the Gordon coach.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Before the railway, the driver of the mail-coach was the biggest man I knew.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
They not only went as fast as the coaches, but they gained time when the coach stopped to change horses, and so got the pick of the market.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
As if by magic there appeared on the platforms of the two coaches fully a dozen guards armed with rifles.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
He turned as though to command the footman to alight and open the door of the coach.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson

In poetry:

The coach too full is found to be;
Why is it crammëd thus?
Now every one can plainly see
There's not half room for us.
"The Journey From School And To School" by Charles Lamb
What though the coach is crammëd full,
The weather very warm;
Think you a boy of us is dull,
Or feels the slightest harm?
"The Journey From School And To School" by Charles Lamb
"Here's where horse and coach must wait--
You may think it odd, sir:--
But up yonder, lies my mate
Underneath the sod, sir.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
And made, in long procession, slow approach;
For this gay bride had many a female friend,
And youths were there, this favour'd youth
"The Parish Register - Part II: Marriages" by George Crabbe
All this beheard a litle foot-page,
By his ladyes coach as he ranne :
Quoth he, thoughe I am my ladyes page,
Yet Ime my lord Barnardes manne.
"The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Anonymous British
O then her mourning-coach was called,
The sledge moved slowly on before;
Though borne in a triumphal car,
She had not loved her favourite more.
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley

In news:

Houston Nutt, who enters his third season as Ole Miss' football coach, talks about stress, losing elite playmakers and the secrecy of coaching hires.
Saints head coach Sean Payton and LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri were the headliners of the Orpheus parade Monday night.
Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, left, and new Coach Mike Shanahan appeared together at Redskins Park on Wednesday.
Bob Paroli has coached 55 years and announced last week that he won’t return as coach at Fayetteville Seventy-First High next season.
Patrick Henry assistant coach Jeff Johnson has helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time since he was head coach in 2000.
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, left, walks up to the Albany State table and shakes the hand of Rams head coach Mike White at the annual Peach State Pigskin Preview on Tuesday at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon.
Watch live on as NU football coach Bo Pelini, select players and volleyball coach John Cook talk with the media Monday at 11 a.m.
Raley, who was hired this month as head football coach of the school tentatively named Ridgeland-Hardeeville, won't be able to name a coaching staff until next week.
Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesDolphins coach Tony Sparano felt it was necessary to add former players to his coaching staff.
The Oklahoma coach will be sitting in film study, or perhaps in practice, and draw on his experience playing and coaching at Kansas State to make a point.
This forced Martindale, at first, to travel two and a half hours to train with a pole vault ing coach before she began working with the Oxford pole vault ing coach during her freshman year.
Stanford head coach David Shaw said he's in no hurry to replace special teams coach and recruiting coordinator Brian Polian , who accepted a similar position at Texas A&M under new head coach Kevin Sumlin.
McClave High School head football coach Shawn Randel was named the Denver Post's High School Coach of the Week for the week of Oct 5 on Tuesday.
Penn State Assistant Coach Mike McQueary with former Head Coach Joe Paterno.
When James Lofton made the switch from player to coach, he found himself repeating certain phrases and coaching a certain way.

In science:

Meanwhile, the coach is also watching the race. His Memex doesn’t remind him of team names or individual’s names; his own mind can recall that information immediately. More detailed split times and statistics show up on his head-up display.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Dan Halberg – high school teacher and math team coach.
Limiting distributions and large deviations for random walks in random environments
Consequently, a key issue is that instructional material usually needs to be complemented and implemented in such a way that guidance, coaching and feedback, normally provided by the instructor in person, now need to be part of the learning interaction strategy and the content available in the learning environment.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
Then came the large team coached by Gorenstein [G4].
Galois theory on the line in nonzero characteristic
Teaching scientific thinking skills: Students and computers coaching each other.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort