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Style question - capitalizing coach

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I know the New York Times capitalizes coach as in Coach Isaiah Thomas. What's the AP style rule, since I think it's a job description than an actual title?
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Coach: Lowercase in all uses, as a job description, not a formal title.

    Only capitalize "coach" at the beginning of a sentence.
  3. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    We do one exception, which you guys might just not have mentioned. When used as a proper name, we up it.

    "I told Coach Jones we could get into the end zone," Smith said.
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    That may be your paper's style, but it's wrong according to AP ...
  5. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    I've always done lowercase except to start a sentence.
  6. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I know it looks odd, but I'm a stickler for the AP style.
  7. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    I'm with SFX. In a case like this, "Coach" is a name (or a nickname).
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    "coach" is like "dad" -- lowercase except when you are using it as a proper noun.

    I told my dad that I don't like coach Jones.

    "I love Coach just like a father," he said.
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    If it's "my dad," that's correct. Same with "I told my coach."

    But here, it's "I told Dad that I don't like Coach Jones."

    AP is wrong on this, at least as far as I'm concerned and, well, here, that's the final word. :)
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It is tricky when someone says "coach Jones." Are they using it as a title or as part of the name?

    If they just call the person "Coach" I capitalize it.
  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    It's all up to a paper's particular style. I think we had editors who worked at the Trib once upon a time, because our style pretty closely emulates theirs. We capitalize Coach, we use three-pointers instead of 3-pointers, etc.
  12. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    We capitalize it, but I wish we didn't.

    As a substitution for a name, I'd capitalize it.
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