This coach not only leads his team to victory, but he also saves his school.
Yes, it's an old adage that sports build character. Usually, a work with this sort of coach is taking that to an extreme. Expect a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits as the first team.
- Sean Porter of Gridiron Gang
- Thomas Carter of Coach Carter. What makes him so super is not only does he make his team a champion contender, but he was willing to sacrifice it all to ensure that his players take their schooling seriously.
- Herman Boone of Remember the Titans
- Jim Ellis of Pride (2014).
- Ulrik Wilbek, the Danish handball coaching legend. He took over the Danish women's national team in 1993 (a team that almost got shut down due to bad results), resulting in a silver medal in the world championships that year. Following that was a victory at the European championship (1994) and a bronze medal at the world championships (1995). After that, the Danish team won the handball treble (continental champions+world champions+Olympic champions - greatest thing you can do in that sport), which no other team has won before them, winning at the olympics in 1996, European championship later the same year and the world championship in 1997, before he left the team. Before the Euro championships in 2006, he took over the men's team, who worked their way to a bronze medal in 2006 and again at the world championships in 2007, before winning the Euro championships in 2008, where a rock solid defence got the Danish team to victory. The olympics 2008 was the first time a Danish NT led by Wilbek had to leave a big tournament without a medal to show for it. In other words, Wilbek brought Danish women's handball from shit to the world top, then brought Danish men's handball to the top of world handball. He has been present at 14 big international tournaments with the two Danish teams and has 11 medals (5 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) to show for it, with teams that weren't expected to win anything before he took over. He has stated that he will retire from coaching the men's team in 2014, probably with some more medals to show for it.
- John Gagliardi, a 16-year-old high school football team captain in Colorado, was asked to take over as his team's head coach when their former coach got drafted during World War II. He continued with football in college: not as a player, as a coach. He coached a high school team while he was a college student. In 1953 he took the head coach job at St. John's University in Minnesota, a school run by monks that had little success in football. 65 years later, he retired (at age 85) with 489 career wins, the most in college football history.
- Eddie Robinson, #2 on the college football wins list, also fits the trope. At age 22, he became the head coach at tiny Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute in the isolated rural town of Grambling. He'd amassed 408 wins by the time he retired in 1997. But the success he brought his school had big impact beyond just football. It brought attention to the school, which became Grambling College and later Grambling State University, and, as he was chasing the all-time wins record, brought wider recognition of HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities) schools, which as a group were facing an uncertain future after the end of segregation.