Mike Hohensee

Mike Hohensee

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Hohensee after a 2013 game
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-02-22) February 22, 1961
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Minnesota
Undrafted: 1983
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Completions: 28
Attempts: 52
Yards: 343
Touchdowns: 4
Interceptions: 1
QB Rating: 92.1
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Completions: 37
Attempts: 84
Yards: 571
Touchdowns: 3
Interceptions: 7
Career Arena statistics
Completions: 178
Attempts: 304
Yards: 2,031
Touchdowns: 39
Interceptions: 4
Head coaching record
Regular season: 158–160 (.497)
Postseason: 12–12 (.500)
Career: 170–172(.497)
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Michael Louis Hohensee (born February 22, 1961) is a former professional football quarterback who played in the United States Football League, Canadian Football League, National Football League and Arena Football League. He most recently the head coach of the AFL's Portland Thunder. He played college football at the University of Minnesota, and was in the AFL for two seasons, from 1987 to 1988. Hohensee has been a head coach since 1990, beginning at the Washington Commandos. He has served as head coach of eight different arena football franchises, winning ArenaBowl XX with the Chicago Rush in 2006.

Playing career


In college, Hohensee played for the Minnesota.[1] After coming out of junior college at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, Hohensee quarterbacked the Gophers for two seasons in 1981 and 1982, setting numerous school passing records.

Playing Career

He played for the Washington Federals of the United States Football League from 1983–1984, the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1985, and was a replacement player on the Chicago Bears of the National Football League during the 1987 NFL strike. Additionally, before beginning his career as an AFL coach, Hohenesee was a quarterback for the AFL's Pittsburgh Gladiators during the League's first two seasons in 1987 and 1988.[1]

As the Washington Federals' quarterback in 1983, Hohensee is best remembered for coming up one foot short of the goal line in a loss to the Oakland Invaders. Additionally, Hohensee threw the first touchdown pass in AFL history.

Coaching career

Chicago Rush, AFL 2001–2008

Hohensee was named the first coach in Chicago Rush history, with the team beginning play in 2001.[1] With Hohensee, the Rush made the playoffs in every season, winning ArenaBowl XX. The Rush played in four consecutive AFL Conference Championship games from 2004 to 2008, and won its division in 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008. "Coach Ho" recorded his 100th career victory in 2006 when the team defeated the Las Vegas Gladiators at Allstate Arena.

Peoria Pirates, af2 2009

When the AFL stopped play in 2009, Hohensee remained in Arena Football in Illinois. He coached the Peoria Pirates, but the team finished 5-11.

Chicago Rush, AFL 2010

Hohensee returned to coach the Rush when the AFL returned for the 2010 season. He led the Rush to a 10-6 season, and the team made the playoffs. On August 20, 2010, Hohensee announced he was resigning from the Rush after nine season with the team. He finished with 108 regular season wins for the Rush and nine more in the playoffs.

Philadelphia Soul, AFL 2011

Hohensee was hired at the coach of the Philadelphia Soul on August 31, 2010. He was the team's first head coach since the team went on hiatus together with the league as a whole following the 2008 season. The team's last game prior to Hohensee's hire was ArenaBowl XXII in which they defeated the San Jose SaberCats 59-56. After a 6–12 season, Hohensee resigned on July 27, 2011.

Iowa Barnstormers, AFL 2012–2014

On August 16, 2011, Hohensee was named the head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers. On August 4, 2014, it was announced that his contract would not be renewed. During his three seasons as Barnstormers coach, he posted a 19–35 record and failed to make the postseason once.[2]

Portland Thunder

On September 24, 2014, Hohensee was named the head coach of the Portland Thunder.[3] After a 5-13 record, and 3rd-place finish in the Pacific Division, Hohensee's contract was not renewed.[4] Has since become inactive as an AFL coach.

McDaniel College, Green Terror

In 2016 Hohensee become the pass game & quarterbacks coordinator at McDaniel College, an NCAA Division III liberal arts college. Hohensee joined the Green Terror with fellow Arena Football hall of fame coach Mike Dailey.[5]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WSH1990 26.2506th in AFL - - - -
WSH Total26.250----
ALB1994 102.8331st in American Conference 1 1 .500 Lost to Arizona Rattlers in AFL Semifinals
ALB1995 75.5831st in AFL East 1 1 .500 Lost to Tampa Bay Storm in AFL Semifinals
ALB1996 104.7141st in AFL East 1 1 .500 Lost to Iowa Barnstormers in AFL Semifinals
ALB Total2711.711-33.500
ANA1997 212.1433rd in AFL West - - - -
ANA Total212.143----
NE1999 59.3573rd in AFL East - - - -
NE2000 86.5712nd in AFL East 0 1 .000 Lost to Oklahoma Wranglers in First Round
NE Total1315.450-01.000
CHI2001 77.5003rd in AFL Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Grand Rapids Rampage in Second Round
CHI2002 95.6421st in AFL Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Arizona Rattlers in Semifinals
CHI2003 88.5003rd in AFL Central 0 1 .000 Lost to New York Dragons in Wildcard Round
CHI2004 115.6881st in AFL Central 1 1 .500 Lost to San Jose Sabercats in Semifinals
CHI2005 97.5632nd in AFL Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Colorado Crush in Semifinals
CHI2006 79.4383rd in AFL Central 4 0 1.000 Defeated Orlando Predators to win ArenaBowl XX
CHI2007 124.7501st in AFL Central 1 1 .500 Lost to San Jose Sabercats in Semifinals
CHI2008 115.6881st in AFL Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Grand Rapids Rampage in Divisional Round
CHI2010 106.6252nd in AFL Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Milwaukee Iron in first Round
CHI Total8357.593-98.530
PHI2011 612.3334th in AFL East - - - -
PHI Total612.333----
Iowa2012 711.389 3rd in AFL Central - - - -
Iowa2013 612.333 3rd in AFL Central - - - -
Iowa2014 612.333 4th in AFL Eastern - - - -
Iowa Total1935.352----
POR2015 513.278 3rd in AFL Pacific - - - -
POR Total513.278----


Car Accident

On Saturday April 28, 2007 Hohensee was hit by a car while walking in a grocery store parking lot, but still coached the Rush to a victory over the Philadelphia Soul two days later. He coached the game in the team press box with a sling around his arm.


  1. 1 2 3 Shelly Anderson (November 6, 2003). "Former Gladiator Hohensee carves niche in Arena League". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  2. Andy Hamilton (August 4, 2014). "Mike Hohensee out as Barnstormers coach". www.desmoinesregister.com. The Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  3. Kerry Eggers (September 30, 2014). "Hohensee takes reins of Portland Thunder". www.portlandtribune.com. Portland Tribune. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  4. Steve Brandon (August 24, 2015). "Thunder drop Mike Hohensee as coach". www.portlandtribune.com. Portland Tribune. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  5. http://www.mcdanielathletics.com/sports/fball/coaches/hohensee_mike?view=bio
  6. "Mike Hohensee Coaching Record". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
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