According to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, Spike TV has ordered eight episodes of "Coaching Bad," a series that takes a look at coaching and anger management. The show will star former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis and anger management specialist Dr. Christian Conte and is expected to premiere in early 2015.
"Coaching Bad," which will film in Los Angeles, will feature nine serenity-challenged coaches of various sports from around the country. The coaches will move into a Coaching Center in southern California where they will learn better how to deal with their anger through a program developed by Lewis and Conte.
The three main areas of restructure that will be included in the coaches’ reprogramming include evaluating what’s at the core of the coaches’ anger issues, making meaningful changes, and evaluating the change.
For most of the coaches, the program is a last-ditch effort to keep their jobs and salvage their marriages.
Irwin Entertainment will produce "Coaching Bad," which will include a list of high-profile sports figures as guests, including former NFL linebacker and bad boy Bill Romanowski, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, and NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Guest stars will expound on the negative effects of anger-driven coaching.
Lewis played 17 seasons for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and made the Pro Bowl roster in all but four of those seasons.
Conte is an author and professional speaker who specializes in anger management and is a licensed counselor and nationally certified psychologist.
It’s no secret that many coaches on all levels and in most sports take the games they teach too seriously, so do we really need a show like "Coaching Bad" to bring these examples on national TV?
Nine coaches out of thousands that suffer from anger management issues is hardly a movement that will stem the tide of this ongoing social problem.
Sports, as a whole, have grown into a social object of worship that brings out the worst in a lot of people—both on the fields of competition and in the bleachers.
Before we tune in to support this show, however, we should take a moment to reflect. Will watching the show be a part of the anger management solution or contribute to its growth? Would high ratings and additional seasons of this show encourage more coaches to promote their bad behavior in order to get on the show for their 15 minutes of fame?
It’s interesting that Lewis is a part of "Coaching Bad" given his own anger management issues that involved a fight and a double murder outside a nightclub following Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. Lewis and two others were charged in the slayings, but murder charges against Lewis were dropped in exchange for testimony against the other defendants.
Whether Lewis is guilty of murder or not is a legal matter, but to suggest he’s the ideal candidate for helping coaches reform their angry ways is a stretch. By their fruits we shall know them.
A slew of well-behaved athletes and coaches come to mind that better personify the virtues of keeping one’s cool, such as former NFL coach Tony Dungy, Denver Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning, and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.
That’s not to say these guys haven’t lost their cool a time or two in the heat of competition, it’s to say they don’t have obvious anger management issues.
In spite of the (few) virtues of "Coaching Bad," it’s likely the show will wind up another fatality in the graveyard of “reality” TV shows.