Ernie "Coach" Pantusso is one of the bartenders at Cheers for the first three seasons, portrayed by Nicholas Colasanto. Coach was a former baseball player and coach before he eventually started working for Sam at Cheers. He is commonly known as a dimwitted individual, often being very confused during the other characters conversations. Towards the end of the third season, Colasanto got very ill and died. The character Coach was replaced by a very similar character named Woody Boyd. In the series, Coach had a wife, Angela, who died before the series premiere, and a daughter, Lisa.