Seeing Cathy Lee Crosby as the original TV Wonder Woman sure got me interested in some of her other work. Yeah, I know, there’s not much to choose from beyond her 4-year tenure as one of the three plasticine hosts of ABC’s proto-reality show That’s Incredible, but there is one golden nugget she did in 1978: a cheapie “Drive-in” flick called Coach. Years before Craig T. Nelson would shamelessly usurp everyone’s association with that titular character, Crosby starred as Randy Rawlings, hot blonde coach of a high-school basketball team, hired on a misunderstanding but soon able to whip the pack of pubescents into shape enough to win big, especially the big (spoiler alert) game at the end. Certainly a minor work, barely worthy of anyone’s 96 minutes, but fitting in nicely to the inchoate teen-sex drama, which, in 1978, meant brief scenes of T&A, horny teens, a few of which engaging in (gasp) premarital sex, bad disco-funk on the soundtrack, and a few veteran character actors in supporting roles (Keenan Wynn, in this case).
Little of the plot I haven’t already disclosed, except I should mention a then-unknown Michael Biehn plays a teen who gets romantically involved with Randy,
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You can catch this for free on IMDB or buy it, like I did, as part of the 12-movie “Too School For School” DVD collection. The price is so low that your only real expenditure will be time. Two beers should get you through it, though.