Spike TV and NFL legend Ray Lewis are teaming up to tackle bad coaching and anger management issues in new original series Coaching Bad. Spike has ordered eight one-hour episodes of the series, which is shooting in Los Angeles this summer, and will debut in the first quarter of 2015.
The series, featuring Lewis and anger management specialist and author Dr. Christian Conte, will focus on nine coaches who have recognized that they need to change their combative and often bombastic ways if they want to continue in the profession they love. The coaches, who come from a variety of different sports from all around the country, move into a Coaching Center in Los Angeles for intense retraining and reconditioning. The program, designed personally by Conte and Lewis, will include three phases of transformation; assessing the coaches’ baseline anger issues; working to create real change; and putting that change to the test.
During the course of the retraining program, various sports figures will lend their perspective on the negative effects of caustic coaching. They include Chuck Pagano, Bill Romanowski, and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President, Development, Spike TV will serve as the Executive in Charge of Production. Sharon Levy is Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series.John Irwin, Damian Sullivan and Richard Hall are executive producers for Irwin Entertainment.
One of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, Ray Lewis played 17 years with the Baltimore Ravens and was named to 13 Pro Bowls and awarded NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003. Lewis won two Super Bowls with the Ravens (named MVP in Super Bowl XXXV) and is currently an NFL broadcaster with ESPN.
Conte is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Psychologist, author, and professional speaker who specializes in Anger Management and Communication. Dr. Conte co-founded a center in South Lake Tahoe, California, to work with people who have been convicted of violent crimes, and he is the creator of Yield theory – a powerful approach to combining radical compassion with conscious education.