Madam Hooch is the flying instructor and referee for the Hogwarts students, but I don't recall ever hearing of the four different houses having Quidditch coaches for their house teams. Nor do I recall professional Quidditch coaches being referenced. I could certainly be wrong, but not having coaches for the biggest wizarding sport in the world, on either the amateur or professional level, seems odd. Am I just remembering incorrectly?

Do any of the Quidditch teams in Harry Potter have coaches?

I would prefer a canon-based answer from the books, JKR interviews, or Pottermore.

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    You are correct about Hogwarts' teams; their "coaches" seem to be their Captains...
    – Möoz
    Jul 1, 2014 at 21:57

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There's at least two references on Pottermore to (professional) international teams having coaches.

The first relates to an article supposedly written by Ginny Weasley for the Daily Prophet

"Heartbroken Norwegian coach Oddvar Spillum had no comment for reporters, but broken sobs. There can be no doubt that this has been a deeply unlucky tournament for the usually outstanding Norwegians. However irrational it may seem, many fans blame the Selma, a Norwegian lake monster that the team brought as a mascot and which caused a bloodbath at the opening ceremony. The Selma is tonight hiding in a secret location."

And the second is in much the same vein;

Snuka has previously been dubbed an egoist by teammates and today’s actions will do little to change his reputation.

Fijian manager and trainer Hector Bolobolo’s only comment after the match was ‘I’m going to kill him'.

There's also a glancing reference by JKR in the new "History of the Quidditch World Cup" to the fact that dragons are not allowed on the quidditch stadium in any capacity, including acting as team coach.

The rulebook concerning both on- and off-pitch magic is alleged to stretch to nineteen volumes and to include such rules as ‘no dragon is to be introduced into the stadium for any purpose including, but not limited to, team mascot, coach or cup warmer’

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    Really nice answer -- +1 -- I love the bit about dragons not being allowed to coach Quidditch. Like, who in the world would have thought that a good idea to begin with? Thanks for the Pottermore detail. :) Jul 2, 2014 at 2:48
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    @Slytherincess I reckon some team did it to use the dragon as a weapon, I would. Jul 2, 2014 at 8:02
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    The rules were probably changed after some one tried to pull an Air Bud with a dragon.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Sep 25, 2015 at 18:31
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    @Slytherincess Was that a rhetorical question? Obviously, the answer is that Hagrid would think it was a brilliant idea to train a dragon to be Quidditch coach. Sep 25, 2015 at 20:50
  • @JanusBahsJacquet and a hypogriff as a beater? Sep 25, 2015 at 22:02

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