Coach Hayden Fox will have one of his right-hand men by his side when he returns to television. Coach co-star Bill Fagerbakke is set to join Craig T. Nelson as a regular on NBC’s upcoming 13-episode sequel to the 1990s sitcom.
Written by the original series creator Barry Kemp, the new Coach is set in present day, picking up 18 years after the ABC sitcom went off the air after nine seasons. Coach Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team. Fagerbakke will reprise his role as Fox’s former assistant, special teams coach Michael “Dauber” Dybinski.
Of the other original Coach players, I hear Jerry Van Dyke, who played Fox’s other assistant coach, defensive coordinator Luther Van Dam, may do guest appearances, while Shelley Fabares, who played Fox’s wife Christine, may not be able to be part of the new show because of health issues.
Kemp and Nelson are executive producing the comedy, which, like the original, will be multi-camera.
In addition to his gig on Coach, Fagerbakke, repped by Abrams Artists and Main Title, will continue his series regular role on hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, where he voices Patrick Star.