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Coach of the Year is a 1980 drama directed by Don Medford. The story centers on Jim Brandon (Robert Conrad), a bitter, ex-pro football player for the Chicago Bears. Brandon has just returned home from the Vietnam War paralyzed and restricted to a wheelchair. Struggling with the limitations his new handicap, Brandon tries to reconfigure his life. His plans for life after the war are no longer valid so he must start all over. He immediately falls back on what he knows best, and applies for a coaching position with the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately his application is rejected and this devastates Brandon. A recently incarcerated nephew, leads Brandon to the youth-prison in St. Charles, Illinois. At the prison, Brandon is offered a temporary coaching position for the boy's football team. Reluctantly, the ex-football player agrees to give it a try. Brandon initially tries to bond with the young boys because he sympathizes with their limitations.