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September 6th, 2011 | Posted in Freelancing

There is a short piece in this month’s issue of SI Kids featuring a few spot illustrations I did. The article is about different types of coaches, and drew a cartoon character version of each “type” showing some of their pro and con attributes. We loosely based some of them on real coaches, but not in their facial features. Things like clothing, accessories and demeanor might remind you of certain real coaches in pro or college sports. None of them are even remotely caricatures of real people, though.¬¨‚Ć Here are the final results . . . I think the details of the type is pretty self-explanatory between the illustration and the name:

The General

The Geek

The Yeller

The Old Guy

The Kid

The Buddy

And here are the pencil roughs of each:


  1. Lee Fortuna says:

    Love them rough pencils Tom! When I was in town sports over a hundred years ago, I had a coach that was between “The General” & “The Yeller”, except with A LOT of bad language! Best coach that town ever had! Champs every year he coached! Your next book Tom, all your pencil roughs!

  2. Chip says:

    The “buddy coach” looks like O.J. Simpson . Great job Tom !

  3. These are hilarious and very clever! Looking forward to your book!

  4. Wow! Amazing stuff as usual Tom!

  5. Daniel says:

    Thought it was just me, but I was gonna say the buddy coach looked like OJ too!!!! He might be a good coach but at the team dinners I would be hoping they served something that didn’t require a knife.

  6. Daniel says:

    Sure would bring a new meaning to bein “cut” from the team! lol

  7. Kelly McNutt says:

    “The Yeller” made me laugh out loud: I love the double megaphones.

  8. Mike says:

    I second Kelly McNutt. “The Yeller” made me laugh out loud. I remember one of my son’s early little league coaches. He thought T-Ball was US Army Infantry training. Double time, Hut 2, 3, 4. Hut 2, 3, 4.

  9. Calvin says:

    Everyone always forgets the geek coaches…..except this!


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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