James Kubiak (born May 12, 1972) is a former professional football player and coach. He is currently the director of the WNY Quarterback Academy. Kubiak was the director of football operations and offensive coordinator for the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League. He is also a retired American and Arena football Quarterback. He was originally signed by the Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Navy.
|Born:||May 12, 1972|
Athol Springs, New York
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||211 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Athol Springs (NY) St. Francis|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
In 1991, Kubiak started the season on the JV team and earned a spot on the Midshipmen's final roster. He earned the starting job in the fifth week of the season and finished the season 93-of-154 for 957 yards, two touchdowns and 11 interceptions, having led the Midshipmen to their sole victory of the season over archrival Army. In 1992, he passed for 35 yards, completing 6-of-15 passes before dislocating his shoulder in the season opener against Virginia. As a result, he underwent season-ending surgery. In 1993, as a junior, he returned to set school records for passing yards (2,628), attempts (401) and completions (248), while throwing 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
In his career, Kubiak set 22 school records and left as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (6,008) and pass completions (558), while throwing 23 touchdowns.
National Football League (1996–2000, 2003)Edit
Kubiak signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie in 1996. He was also on active military duty during the season. He was then out of football in 1997. In 1998, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts, where he went to training camp but missed the season to fulfill his naval commitment. He was then re-signed by the Colts in 1999, and was then allocated to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe. He finished the season 45-of-79 for 524 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. In January 2000, he signed with the New York Jets, he was then allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe. He finished the season 76-of-129 for 817 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was then released by the Jets following training camp.
In 2003, he attended training camp with the Colts, however he was released after camp.
Arena Football League (2001–2005)Edit
As a rookie in AFL. Kubiak finished the season 295-of-484 for 3,787 yards, 64 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His attempts, completions and yardage totals all set new league rookie records. In his debut on the road against the Toronto Phantoms, he completed 29-of-38 passes for a season-high 365 yards and six touchdowns. In his home debut against the New Jersey Gladiators, he was 20-of-35 for 253 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also recorded his first rushing touchdown. In a game against the Carolina Cobras, he threw a season-high seven touchdown passes. In 2002, he served as the back-up to Quarterback Andy Kelly. Kubiak saw most of his playing time as held for field goal and extra point attempts. His only playing time with the offense occurred on the road against the Chicago Rush when Kelly went down with a strained hip flexor early in the second quarter. Kubiak finished the overtime loss 29-of-38 for 264 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.
In 2003, Kubiak joined the Dallas Desperados. He also put together one of the best seasons in league history. He finished the season 388-of-557 for 4,762 yards, 97 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, all career-highs, while leading the top ranked offense in the league. His 4,762 passing yards and 69.7% completion percentage each league records. He had nine-of-16 games with a completion percentage of 70.0% or higher. For that seasons performance, he earned Second-team All-Arena honors.
In 2004, Kubiak signed with the Detroit Fury on February 6. However, he was placed on Injured Reserve on February 9, after having surgery in January for a cervical disk herniation between the C-6 and C-7 vertebrae in the base of his neck. In 2005 he signed with the Georgia Force, on the first day of the AFL's free agency signing period, where he rejoined former teammates and coaches from Dallas, Offensive coordinator Steve Thonn, WR/LB Dialleo Burks and WR/DB Luke Leverson. However, Kubiak injured his knee during Week 5, and missed the rest of the season.
Outside of footballEdit
In 2005, Kubiak was hired as the quarterbacks coach for Erie Community College. He was also hired as the Philadelphia Soul's offensive coordinator. In 2006, he was the Force's Director of Player Personnel, followed by becoming the team's Director of Football Operations in 2007. Then, in 2008, he became the teams Offensive coordinator also. Kubiak also served as color commentator for the Buffalo Bulls football team, alongside play-by-play man Paul Peck, sideline reporter Scott Wilson and in-game host Brad Riter.
- "Receivers looking to catch on with Georgia Force". AJC.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- "Kubiak to Tutor ECC's Quarterbacks". The Buffalo News. 2005-06-09. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Hummer, Steve (May 9, 2007). "Football journeyman tearing up AFL in first season as Georgia QB". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 20, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Football: Georgia Force: Plank's message is clear: .500 is not good enough". Newsbank.com. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2007-02-09. Retrieved 2009-01-04.