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I saw a lot of fire and hustle from both of you this week. It was almost too close to call. Reggie, your time will come. But for this season, at least, this is a new number, seeing that you took it upon yourself to retire Jason's. Which was the right call. You know exactly what a captain should and would do.
— Coach Clayton to Archie and Reggie[src]


Coach Clayton is a recurring character on The CW's Riverdale. He is portrayed by Colin Lawrence.

Coach is Chuck Clayton's father and the varsity football coach at Riverdale High School.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Building a New Team

Coach Clayton and Archie

Coach Clayton calls Archie Andrews over during practice, handing him Jason Blossom's former jersey. Coach informs Archie that the jersey belongs to him now, despite sophomores typically playing JV. He's placed Archie on Varsity due to an open spot and his immense talent, but this means longer practices, more away games, and bigger commitments. Archie explains that he needs time to think it over due to family obligations, so the Coach grants him permission to think it over before giving a final answer.[1]

Following the performance of Josie and the Pussycats, Coach gets on stage to encourage the crowd to give it up for the Riverdale Bulldogs at the Pep Rally.[2]

Sins of the Son

After the discovery of his son's "playbook", a book that contained a list of female students that certain players of the football team claimed to have hooked up with and would later rank, Coach Clayton was forced to cut Chuck, along with several other players, from the team in order to both salvage his job and the school's reputation. [3]

The Search for Team Captain

Coach Clayton offering Archie team captain jersey

Upon observing Archie Andrews' poor performance on the field, Coach confronts him in the locker room, then calling over Reggie Mantle. He pits the two players against each other in a race to see who wanted to be team captain the most, giving them a week to impress him. In the subsequent week, Coach would bring the boys two his office and announce Archie as the next team captain. He admires that Archie returned Jason Blossom's jersey to his family; it was something a captain should and would do. However, Archie denies Coach's offer, as he couldn't put all of himself into the game.[4]

Season 2

Bulldogs United

Coach Clayton, Mr. Weatherbee and the Bulldogs head down to Riverdale General Hospital to provide moral support for Archie, whose father had been shot by a black hooded assailant at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe earlier that day.[5]

Season 4

Giving Munroe a Chance

As Coach Clayton runs the play with Reggie, Archie asks if there’s room for Mad Dog on the Bulldogs, who now prefers to go by his first name of Munroe. Despite having a full roster, Coach Clayton agrees to give him a chance.

Coach Clayton separates Reggie from Archie

During Bulldogs' practice, Archie's positioned as a quarterback. He throws the football to Reggie, who loses the ball after being tackled by Mad Dog. Coach Clayton calls an end to the practice. Reggie is once again scolded by his father for his poor performance. He even threatens Reggie, forcing Archie to intervene, who even accuses Marty of hitting Reggie. However, Reggie doesn’t want Archie’s help and tells him to mind his business. Archie tells Marty Mantel to leave or else he’ll make him. Reggie comes to his father’s defense and warns Archie to back off, even pushing him. When the altercation turns violent, Mad Dog and Coach Clayton separate the two.[6]

Physical Appearance

Clayton is an older man. He's fairly tall, standing somewhere around 6'2. He has dark skin, brown eyes, shaven hair and an overall athletic build, which isn't a surprise considering that he's the varsity football coach.

Personality

Coach is balanced, firm, and organized. While in search of a captain for the Riverdale Bulldogs, rather than choosing a someone at will, he bid two of his greatest players, Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle, against one another in a contest to see who was most deserving of the title. Coach exhibits several traits generally associated with sport coaches, such as the drive to succeed and enthusiasm.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Coach Clayton

References

  1. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
  2. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 2, 2017). "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 2. The CW.
  3. Lawrence, Yolonda E. (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (February 9, 2017). "Chapter Three: Body Double". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 3. The CW.
  4. Maxwell, Ross (writer) & Warn, Jesse (director) (February 23, 2017). "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 5. The CW.
  5. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
  6. Grassi, Michael & Ewing, Will (writers) & Romanowsky, Pamela (director) (October 16, 2019). "Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High". Riverdale. Season 4. Episode 2. The CW.
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