Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Soul assigned Hohensee as head coach

PHILADELPHIA (August 31, 2010) – The Philadelphia Soul today announce that they have been assigned Arena Football League coaching legend Mike Hohensee as the head coach in 2011 by the League Office. Per team and league policy, terms were not disclosed.

“Mike is a perfect fit for this town and for this organization,” said co-majority owner and current ESPN Monday Night Football broadcaster, Ron Jaworski.  “He has a championship ring and is a ‘blue collar’ coach for this ‘blue collar’ town. We brought a championship to this town in 2008 and still view ourselves as ‘defending champions’.  Selecting Mike is the first step in reclaiming the title and bringing it back to where it belongs – here in Philadelphia.”

One of the AFL’s most-recognizable figures, Hohensee is the only person to be involved with the league, either as a player or a coach, all 24 years in league history.  He has been a head coach for 16 seasons (Washington, Albany, Anaheim, New England, and Chicago), five seasons as assistant coach (1989 with the Chicago Bruisers; 1991-93 and 1998 with Albany), and two years as quarterback (1987-88 with Pittsburgh).  2011 with Philadelphia will be his 24th season.

Hohensee spent his previous nine seasons at the helm for the Chicago Rush where he guided the team to a 93-64 overall record, nine playoff appearances, four Central Division titles, one conference championship and the ArenaBowl XX title.  He is the league’s third-winningest coach of all-time, posting a career 140-112 record.

“It’s an honor to be included with the return of the 2008 AFL champion, Philadelphia Soul,” said Hohensee. “Obviously, being the best meant something here in Philadelphia long before I arrived. I intend to carry on with the same championship mindset along side each of the players and coaches who will be fortunate enough to be a part of this first-class organization.”

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