Jonathan Coachman or ‘The Coach’ as he is fondly called is a sports analyst, interviewer and a professional wrestler. Jonathan has had a rich and eventful career in sports reportage but has remained true to his love for wrestling. Having worked with powerhouses like the WWE, ESPN, and RAW, he presently hosts a pre-show pay-per-view show for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) amongst his other endeavors.
Jonathan Coachman – Biography
He was named Jonathan William Coachman when he was born on the 12th of August 1972 in McPherson, Kansas, United States. Jonathan was raised in a close-knit family where he was encouraged to pursue his dreams. His interest in sports has always been evident from his childhood and he was encouraged to participate especially because of his impressive height. While in McPherson High School, he played two state basketball championships.
He continued to play basketball after proceeding to McPherson College. Jonathan had a wide range of interest and didn’t hesitate to test the waters. More so, he was the sports editor for the school newspaper. He has had years of practice and tons of experience when it comes to sports reportage. His early career as a sports anchor was with ‘KAKE’ at Wichita Kansas.
Jonathan Coachman has been privileged to participate actively in wrestling and analyze the sports. He weighs about 107kg and is 6 feet 3 inches tall.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Career
Jonathan worked with the WWE between 1999 to 2008 and had a return in 2018. During this period, his different positions included being a backstage interviewer, commentator, executive assistant, interim general manager amongst others.
Not the type to shy away from hard work, Jonathan’s WWE career began as a backstage person. He had some interesting and popular segments with The Rock during this period. By 2001, Jonathan Coachman began to work as a sideline reporter for WWF regional telecast alongside Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross.
In 2003, he got an on-screen role as a lackey to Eric Bischoff (the then general manager of Raw). That same year, Jonathan worked as a heel against some popular wrestlers.
Jonathan also gained a column in the now defunct ‘Raw Magazine’ titled “Coach’s Corner”. He also gained a webcast on WWE.com titled “CoachCast”. In 2005, he signed a multi-year contract with WWE and became the official third member of the Raw broadcast team.
Jonathan Coachman continued to take up several responsibilities despite being a heel. It became public knowledge on the 29th of May 2006 that he has been hired as an executive assistant to assist the General Manager (Mr. McMahon) in the day to day running of the Raw brand. He also acted in the position of General Manager whenever McMahon was absent. He was formally made interim General Manager on the 18th of June 2007 a position he held on and off throughout 2007. Jonathan’s contract expired in June 2008 and he decided not to renew it. He left for another (ESPN) network.
After spending about 8 years with ESPN, Jonathan began to feature on WWE on a part-time basis in 2016. Before making a final return in 2018.
Jonathan Coachman’s ESPN career started in 2008 after he left WWE. Due to the fan base he had already built while in WWE, it seemed like a good move. He presented highlights of WWE’s best moments of the week and did weekly interviews with various WWE wrestlers. He became the anchor of SportsCenter and also hosted Coach&Company nationally on ESPN Radio.
Coachman soon became frustrated especially with ESPN’s tendency to control creative content. Most of the ideas he proposed were shot down and things got really frustrating for him towards the end. By the end of 2017, he decided not to renew his contract.
In 2018, in a deal with WWE and NBC Universal, Jonathan was announced as the play-by-play announcer for the “World Long Drive Championship”. He is also the commentator for PGA Tour Live which provides coverage on golf tournaments.
Jonathan Coachman Net Worth
Jonathan has been able to amass a substantial amount especially with his many endeavors. His net worth has been estimated to be around $2 million.
Family: Wife And Children
Jonathan Coachman is a married man who is known to have tied the knot with his wife, Amy Coachman. An Iowa native, Amy got her education from Pella Community High School and from there, she proceeded to Iowa State University where she was a collegiate athlete. She graduated from the university in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Amy also represents a pharmaceutical company from Ohio.
While it remains unclear how they met, it is known that the couple is blessed with two children (Kayana and JJ).