Patrick Gallagher aka Coach Tanaka Leaves GLEE

Patrick Gallagher, who played varsity football coach Ken Tanaka in the first season of GLEE, will not be returning to the show. Though a reluctant Emma (Jayma Mays) agreed to marry Tanaka, they did not go through with the wedding, and Tanaka was left without a storyline as evidenced by his near absence in last season’s spring episodes.

Gallagher is being replaced by champion arm wrestler Dot Jones (Hawthorne, Prison Break) who will play Shannon Beiste, the new football coach and potential rival for Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). Gallagher has several films in the pipeline, including a starring role in the upcoming Difficult to Stay Alive and Die.

The second season of Glee is set to premiere Tuesday, September 21st at 8 pm.