Who is Jonathan Coachman?
Jonathan William Coachman was born on 12 August 1973, in McPherson, Kansas, USA. He is a professional wrestling personality, analyst, and interviewer, best known for his work with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) with which he is currently the host for pre-shows of pay-per-views. He previously worked for ESPN for nine years before returning to wrestling promotion.
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The Net Worth of Jonathan Coachman
Jonathan Coachman has a net worth estimated to be over $2 million, earned through success in the sports industry including professional wrestling, earning a salary of over $500,000 annually for his work in WWE.
He also earned a significant income at his previous job with ESPN.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
At a young age, Jonathan was set on finding a career in professional basketball. He was a fan of professional wrestling, but played a lot of basketball during high school, help his school team McPherson High School win two state championships in Kansas. After matriculating, he enrolled at McPherson College across town, where he played for the school’s basketball team.
He also developed other interests, including doing broadcasts, theatre work, editing the newspaper, and working part-time as a sports reporter in Wichita, Kansas.
He got his nickname ‘Coach’ shortly afterwards, when he began creating instructional videos on the basics of flight, navigation, and airplanes used for high schools. After graduating, he briefly worked for the local news station KMBC-TV.
In 1999, he joined World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a background personality, often doing interviews with professional wrestlers.
He rose to fame in several segments with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which often led to Jonathan being humiliated in various ways. While working with WWF, he also became a sideline reporter of the minor football league XFL, which was owned by WWF.
In 2003, Coachman became more of a television personality, the lackey for Eric Bischoff who at the time was the General Manager of RAW. He started a feud with the Raw announcing team, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross. He also started to wrestle, though only won with the help of others.
He also became involved in an angle with Steve Austin, and the two fought in a match for Austin to keep his job, but the story was later scrapped due to Austin not agreeing to how the storyline would end. This led to Coachman fighting Batista instead.
He became a part of a three-man commentary team which also comprised Joey Styles and Jerry “The King” Lawler. He was later involved in a storyline in which he became the Executive Assistant to Vince McMahon. This led him to work as the Interim General Manager of Raw, starting feuds with D-Generation X and John Cena.
Hey @damonhackGC it’s time to “Coach em Up”. Brooks Koepka says Rory is not a rival because he hasn’t won a major since Brooks has been on tour in 2014. This is exactly what the @PGATOUR needs. Now Rory-your turn. @GolfChannel @GCMorningDrive pic.twitter.com/Rf7GZpfDGi
— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachrules) October 16, 2019
He was removed from his position in 2007 by William Regal. He then had a match with Hornswoggle, and became the commentator for SmackDown in 2008, before his contract expired.
ESPN and Return to WWE
Wanting to look at other opportunities, Jonathan left WWE and signed a deal with ESPN, becoming a presenter for wrestling highlights, mainly centered on WWE products, and interviewing wrestlers – he stayed with the company for nine years, until his contract expired.
He returned to WWE and began appearing on television once more, in segments with past WWE talent as well as with The New Day. He signed a contract in 2018 which saw him become a member of the Raw commentary team, briefly replacing Booker T before he was replaced by Renee Young. He’s continued to work for the company, mostly as a part of the panel during the pre-show of pay-per-view events.
Aside from WWE, Jonathan also started working with the NBC Sports Group through a shared contract.
He’s been seen doing the play-by-play announcing of the golf World Long Drive Championship. He’s also commentated on other golf tournaments for the network, and worked with College Sports Television, calling various sports for the network, including softball, baseball, basketball, and American Football. He’s lent his voice to several video games too, including “Madden NFL 19” and “Black College Football Xperience: The Doug Williams Edition”.
He remains very passionate about professional wrestling and sports in general.
Some of the highlights of his career include getting into programs and matches with WWE legends, including Ric Flair, The Rock, and Steve Austin. He also used his college experiences to help him act out roles in WWE.
Coachman has been married to Amy since 1999; she is a former college athlete turned personal trainer; the couple has two children together.
During his free time, he does a lot of charity work, and has set-up a fund inspired by his father, who was given a life-saving heart transplant operation. He says that this event has inspired him to give to others.