Pat O'Hara

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Pat O'Hara
Houston Texans
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-09-27) September 27, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth: Santa Monica, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Santa Monica (CA)
College: USC
NFL draft: 1991 / Round: 10 / Pick: 260
Career history
As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at
Career Arena football statistics
Comp-Att: 988-1,752
Comp %: 56.4
TDINT: 231–65
Passing yards: 13,383
QB Rating: 98.41
Head coaching record
Regular season: 35–53 (.398)
Postseason: 1–3 (.250)
Career record: 36–56 (.391)
Stats at

Patrick O'Hara (born September 27, 1968) is an Arena football coach and former quarterback. He was most recently the head coach of the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 10th round (260th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played college football at USC.

In his playing career, O'Hara has also played for the Ohio Glory, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Orlando Predators, Toronto Phantoms and Tampa Bay Storm. Over the span of his AFL career, he played in five ArenaBowls, winning three. In 2005, he was named Offensive coordinator of the Storm, becoming a player-coach. Then, in 2007, after retiring as a player, he resumed the duties of Offensive coordinator. After the 2008 season, on July 25, 2008, he agreed to a three-year deal, with an option for a fourth, with the Los Angeles Avengers to become the fourth head coach in the franchises history.[1] However, the Avengers folded when the AFL went on hiatus.

High school career[edit]

O'Hara attended Santa Monica High School, where during junior and senior seasons he threw at least one touchdown pass a game. He was a two-time Los Angeles Times All-Westside selection and the "Westside Back of the Year" in 1984 and 1985.

As a junior, in 1984, O'Hara passed for nearly 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns. During his senior season, he passed for nearly 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns in 10 games which earned him "Bay League Player of the Year" honors and selection to the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" team.

College career[edit]

O'Hara then attended USC where his playing time was limited to being a backup. As a sophomore in 1988, he served as the backup to Rodney Peete, who finished the season as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

O'Hara was expected to be the Trojans' starting Quarterback in 1989, but suffered two torn ligaments in his right knee and a fractured right tibia in practice 10 days before the start of the season. The injuries required multiple surgeries, including one to graft bone from his hip. He was hospitalized for three weeks, a time in which he lost 35 pounds and received a get-well letter from former President Ronald Reagan.

As a senior in 1990, O'Hara served as backup to Todd Marinovich. Marinovich, then a freshman, was given the starting job and helped lead the team to a Rose Bowl win against Michigan in Bo Schembechler's last game as a head coach.[2] O'Hara's arm was impressive enough for some NFL scouts to offer him a workout with them. He graduated with a degree in Public Administration in 1991.

Professional playing career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

O'Hara was selected in the 10th round (260th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent the first 11 weeks on the teams practice squad before being activated and serving as the team third-string quarterback the remainder of the season.

Following the 1991 season O'Hara was allocated to the World League of American Football's Ohio Glory and subsequently signed by the San Diego Chargers as a Plan B free agent serving as their third-string quarterback for the 1992 season. He then attended training camp with the Chargers in 1993 and the Washington Redskins in 1994.

Arena Football League[edit]

O'Hara joined the Arena Football League in 1995 season when he signed with the Orlando Predators. He played there for six seasons helping to lead the Predators to wins in ArenaBowls XII and XIV. He then joined the Toronto Phantoms in 2001 and then the Tampa Bay Storm in 2003. He helped lead the Storm to a win in ArenaBowl XVII after starting Quarterback John Kaleo was injured late in the second quarter. In his playing career, O'Hara played in a total of five ArenaBowls and won three.

Coaching career[edit]

O’Hara began his coaching career at Point Loma High School in 1996, working with the Quarterbacks as a volunteer assistant. He later spent three seasons (1998–2000) as an assistant coach at New Smyrna Beach High School and three seasons (2001–03) as the offensive coordinator at Olympia High School where he coached NFL running back Chris Johnson.

In 2005, O'Hara was named Offensive coordinator of the Storm, becoming a player-coach. Then after the 2006 season, he retired as a player, he resumed the duties of Offensive coordinator. His success on the field as a player and as a coordinator had a number of teams interested in him in the 2008 offseason. He interviewed for head coaching positions with the Grand Rapids Rampage and the Arizona Rattlers and was a finalist for both jobs. However, On July 25, 2008, he agreed to a three-year deal, with an option for a fourth, with the Los Angeles Avengers to become the fourth Head coach in the franchise's history. However, the AFL cancelled its 2009 season, and on April 27, 2009, he was hired as the replacement of Richard Davis as head coach of the Tri-Cities Fever of af2.[1]

The Fever went 3–8 after hiring O'Hara, finishing 3–13. Although the team invited him to remain on as head coach in 2010, he decided to take an offer to become head coach of the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League on December 21, 2009.[3]

On August 8, 2011, he was named the head coach of the New Orleans VooDoo.[4] After compiling a 16-38 record in three seasons with the VooDoo, O'Hara was not offered a contract to return as the VooDoo's Head Coach in 2015.

On February 3, 2015, O'Hara was named an Offensive Assistant coach for the Houston Texans.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ORL 2010 8 8 .500 3rd in AC South 1 1 .500 Lost to Tampa Bay Storm in Conference Championship
ORL 2011 11 7 .611 3rd in AC South 0 1 .000 Lost to Jacksonville Sharks in Conference Semifinals
ORL Total 19 15 .559 1 2 .333
NO 2012 8 10 .444 3rd in AC South 0 1 .000 Lost to Philadelphia Soul in Conference Semifinals
NO 2013 5 13 .278 4th in AC South
NO 2014 3 15 .167 4th in AC South
NO Total 16 38 .296 0 1 .000
Total[5] 35 53 .398 1 3 .250

Broadcasting career[edit]

Currently O'Hara works as a television football analyst for Bright House Sports Network covering Florida high school football. O'Hara also serves as the color anaylst for the UCF Img Radio Network covering UCF football.

Movie career[edit]

More recently, O’Hara’s offseasons have included consulting work, coordinating and choreographing football action scenes in movies.[6] His credits include; “The Longest Yard,” “Invincible,” "We Are Marshall" and "The Game Plan".[6] He also has coached actors such as Adam Sandler, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson to better help them portray their characters. In addition, O'Hara has appeared in several movies including The Waterboy, Any Given Sunday, and The Game Plan.[6]


  1. ^ a b "O'Hara is New Fever Head Coach". KNDO/KNDU. April 27, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Looney,, Douglas S. (September 3, 1990). "The Minefield". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 10, 2008. 
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  4. ^ "Pat O'Hara Joins VooDoo as Head Coach". Arena Football League. August 8, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pat O'Hara Coaching Record". Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Boudreaux, Nathan (October 10, 2007). "O'Hara goes Hollywood in off-season". 

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