Bill Fagerbakke is set to reprise his role as Dauber Dybinski in NBC’s “Coach” sequel series, Variety has learned.
Fagerbakke joins original star Craig T. Nelson in the TV revival, which is slated to debut midseason.
Michael “Dauber” Dybinski was an assistant coach, along with Jerry Van Dyke, who played Luther Van Dam. Dybinski was a stereotypical dumb jock who never graduated from Minnesota State, where he was an athlete. Despite being known as a silly sidekick, the character would often lend valued help to the team.
Since “Coach,” Fagerbakke has found success behind the screen as the voice of Patrick on Nickelodeon’s long-running “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He also appeared in “How I Met Your Mother” and “Growing Up Fisher.”
“Coach” premiered in 1989 and ran nine seasons on ABC for a total of 198 episodes. Nelson, who’s a network favorite coming off “Parenthood,” won the Emmy for comedy actor in 1992 for his work on the series.
This is one of many shows making a comeback on TV. “Heroes” is also returning at NBC with an event series this fall, “Heroes Reborn.” Other networks and outlets are tapping into the nostalgia trend as well, with Fox’s reboot of “The X-Files,” ABC’s new “Muppets” sitcom, Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” follow-up and Netflix’s “Full House” spinoff coming in 2016. All shows will bring back original characters and cast members, much like “Coach.”
Fagerbakke is repped by Abrams Artists and Main Title.