This is a great example of finding something really popular and then calling it "overrated" as a form of originality…But nonetheless Timothy Noah has a good point here. It seems like coaches are always portrayed as heros in movies and books and personal stories. Big time coaches (like Coach K at Duke) write books on success and on life. For many, though, coaches have little impact on their life or perhaps are a scar (just watch Little League World Series coaches…they’re nuts).
There is surely no American archetype more preposterously overpraised at this cultural moment than the Coach. He has become a vessel of redemption, a wise old pappy who could tell us a thing or two about this thing we call life if only we’d bother to listen. The Coach is the voice of dedication and tough love, of giving 110 percent, of never saying no to your dreams. His subject is the playing field, but his message is universal. Persist and you will either prevail or go down knowing you gave it everything you had. It’s all about heart.