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 passed away. 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.