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.
|Born:||February 22, 1961|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Career CFL statistics|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||158–160 (.497)|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
In college, Hohensee played for the University of Minnesota. 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. Mike is also in the University of Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame.
He played for the Washington Federals of the United States Football League from 1983 to 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. 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.
Before beginning his career as an Arena Football League coach, Hohensee was a quarterback for the AFL's Pittsburgh Gladiators during the league's first two seasons in 1987 and 1988. He threw the first touchdown pass in AFL history.
Chicago Rush, AFL 2001–2008Edit
Hohensee was named the first coach in Chicago Rush history, with the team beginning play in 2001. 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 2009Edit
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 2010Edit
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 2011Edit
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 2012–2014Edit
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.
On September 24, 2014, Hohensee was named the head coach of the Portland Thunder. After a 5–13 record, and 3rd-place finish in the Pacific Division, Hohensee's contract was not renewed. Has since become inactive as an AFL coach.
McDaniel College, Green TerrorEdit
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.
Judson University, EaglesEdit
In 2019 Hohensee become the Football Advisor to the University President and the football program at Judson University, a liberal arts college that is a member of the NAIA and the Mid-States Football Association conference. Hohensee consults with the coaching staff and advises the University leadership on aspects of leading and managing a football program.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|WSH||1990||2||6||.250||6th in AFL||-||-||-||-|
|ALB||1994||10||2||.833||1st in American Conference||1||1||.500||Lost to Arizona Rattlers in AFL Semifinals|
|ALB||1995||7||5||.583||1st in AFL East||1||1||.500||Lost to Tampa Bay Storm in AFL Semifinals|
|ALB||1996||10||4||.714||1st in AFL East||1||1||.500||Lost to Iowa Barnstormers in AFL Semifinals|
|ANA||1997||2||12||.143||3rd in AFL West||-||-||-||-|
|NE||1999||5||9||.357||3rd in AFL East||-||-||-||-|
|NE||2000||8||6||.571||2nd in AFL East||0||1||.000||Lost to Oklahoma Wranglers in First Round|
|CHI||2001||7||7||.500||3rd in AFL Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Grand Rapids Rampage in Second Round|
|CHI||2002||9||5||.642||1st in AFL Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Arizona Rattlers in Semifinals|
|CHI||2003||8||8||.500||3rd in AFL Central||0||1||.000||Lost to New York Dragons in Wildcard Round|
|CHI||2004||11||5||.688||1st in AFL Central||1||1||.500||Lost to San Jose Sabercats in Semifinals|
|CHI||2005||9||7||.563||2nd in AFL Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Colorado Crush in Semifinals|
|CHI||2006||7||9||.438||3rd in AFL Central||4||0||1.000||Defeated Orlando Predators to win ArenaBowl XX|
|CHI||2007||12||4||.750||1st in AFL Central||1||1||.500||Lost to San Jose Sabercats in Semifinals|
|CHI||2008||11||5||.688||1st in AFL Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Grand Rapids Rampage in Divisional Round|
|CHI||2010||10||6||.625||2nd in AFL Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Milwaukee Iron in first Round|
|PHI||2011||6||12||.333||4th in AFL East||-||-||-||-|
|Iowa||2012||7||11||.389||3rd in AFL Central||-||-||-||-|
|Iowa||2013||6||12||.333||3rd in AFL Central||-||-||-||-|
|Iowa||2014||6||12||.333||4th in AFL Eastern||-||-||-||-|
|POR||2015||5||13||.278||3rd in AFL Pacific||0||1||.000||Lost to San Jose SaberCats in Semifinals|
- ArenaBowl XX winning coach
- Reached AFL Semifinals – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
- Division Winner—1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008
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.
- Shelly Anderson (November 6, 2003). "Former Gladiator Hohensee carves niche in Arena League". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- Andy Hamilton (August 4, 2014). "Mike Hohensee out as Barnstormers coach". www.desmoinesregister.com. The Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- Kerry Eggers (September 30, 2014). "Hohensee takes reins of Portland Thunder". www.portlandtribune.com. Portland Tribune. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- Steve Brandon (August 24, 2015). "Thunder drop Mike Hohensee as coach". www.portlandtribune.com. Portland Tribune. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- "Mike Hohensee Coaching Record". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved September 14, 2011.