Coach (Super Mario Galaxy)

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This article is about a large penguin. For other subjects of the same name, see Coach.
Artwork of Coach from Super Mario Galaxy 2
Artwork from Super Mario Galaxy 2
Species Penguin
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“Nice job on the test! But...are you even one of my students?”
Coach, Super Mario Galaxy

Coach is a big penguin from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. In the first game, Coach teaches Mario how to surf on Ray in the Loopdeeloop Galaxy and later appears teaching small penguins how to swim in the Beach Bowl Galaxy. He gives advice as to the location of one of the Power Stars in the area when prompted.

Unlike the large, blue-colored penguins from Super Mario 64, Coach and Penguru have unique plumage that makes them resemble great penguins. There is another penguin character in Super Mario Galaxy referred to as "Coach" by Yellow Toad, but this character is given a distinct name in the original Japanese script that differentiates the two.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario wins a race in Loopdeeloop Galaxy.
Coach in the Loopdeeloop Galaxy of Super Mario Galaxy

Coach first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy. He can be found in the Loopdeeloop, Beach Bowl and Loopdeeswoop galaxies.

Coach is the instructor of his own swimming class in the Beach Bowl Galaxy. He appears in all of the missions, though his roles are more or less minimal. In the Sunken Treasure mission, he tells Mario that his students are being distracted by "sparklies," and sends Mario to collect them. In the second mission, Passing the Swim Test, Coach offers Mario a chance to get a Power Star if he collects a Gold Shell and brings it to him. His role is greatly diminished for the third mission, where he only tells Mario not to break the wall to the undersea cavern. In the purple coin mission, he tells Mario that his class is having free time and wants Mario to play nice.

Coach is also the instructor of ray surfing in the Loopdeeloop Galaxy and Loopdeeswoop Galaxy. If Mario manages to surf on Ray to the end of the water course, he is then awarded a Power Star.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

SMG2 Cosmic Cove Coach.png

Coach appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2, in the Cosmic Cove Galaxy. The only difference in his physical appearance is that the band on his arm is blue, rather than red. In this game, Coach only appears in two missions, Twin Falls Hideaway and Exploring the Cosmic Cavern. In the former, Coach would tell Mario that he is the swimming coach and that his students are all out in the water swimming; while in the latter, he informs Mario that there is a Luma trapped in a cage and that everyone is out looking for the key to open it. Once again, his role is minimal in the game.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コーチ
Pengin Kōchi

Penguin Coach

French Coach[2]
Italian Istruttore
Spanish Entrenador


  1. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 126 and 158.
  2. ^ Super Mario Encyclopedia; pag. 126