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head coach or coach

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Smallpotatoes, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    When referring to a head coach for the first time in a story, do you always use the term "head coach" even if no assistant coach is mentioned in the story or is "coach" sufficient in those cases?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Bumblefuck Tech coach Jack Mehoff.
  3. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    I've always though "head" was assumed. If you mention an assistant, you call him an assistant coach and that will make it clear that he's not the head coach.

    I thought AP had an entry about "head coach" saying "don't use 'head'" but I guess that was a local style guide.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Head coach is assumed; mention if someone's an assistant coach.

    beat me to it JEremy
  5. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    Just coach.

    And don't every say that "Joe Blow got a head job." I've actually seen something like that in copy many times and changed it to "head-coaching job."
  6. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    I've never heard anyone call it "a head job," at least not in that context.
  7. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    controlling bastard works at my shop.
  8. Smokey33

    Smokey33 Member

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  9. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    I've always gone with coach, unless an assistant coach was named or quoted, in which case head coach.
  10. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Beautiful. Could they have found a funnier photo?
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  11. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    wow, the art just sends that one over the top.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  12. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Our style is Head Coach Dick Sucker, and I hate it.
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