|League||Arena Football League|
|Team history||Maryland Commandos (1989)|
|Arena||Capital Centre (1987 & 1989)
Patriot Center (1990)
|Based in||Landover, Maryland (1987 & 1989)
Fairfax, Virginia (1990)
|Colors||Red, Blue, White
|Head coach||Mike Hohensee|
The Washington Commandos were an Arena football team based in Fairfax, Virginia. The Commandos were founded in 1987 and were an inaugural member of the Arena Football League (AFL), and were based in Landover, Maryland. The team then became known as the Maryland Commandos after the club returned in 1989 season after not playing during the 1988 season. Following the 1989 season, the Commandos moved to Fairfax, Virginia, where they once again became known as the Washington Commandos. The team never achieved much success at either of its locations, winning a total of 4 games in 3 seasons, including a winless 1989 season.
Inaugural season (1987)
The Commandos had the honor of playing in the first AFL regular season game on June 19, 1987, losing to the Pittsburgh Gladiators 46-48 at the Civic Arena. The Commandos picked up their first win in franchise history the following week, when they defeated the Denver Dynamite, by a score of 36-20 in their home opener. The Commandos finished the season with a 2-4 record, a disappointment, but the team was in every game except one, losing 3 games by a total of 6 points.
Move to Maryland (1989)
After a one-year hiatus, they returned to play in 1989 and operated as the "Maryland Commandos". The team went 0-4 in the short abbreviated 'travelin' season of 1989. The Commandos coaching staff consisted of Ray Willsey, Mike Hohensee, Mike Dailey, Jerry Kurz and Rich Salzer. Hohensee, Dailey and Kurz would all go on to become members of the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
Return to Washington (1990)
In 1987 and 1989, the team played its home games at the Capital Centre (later known as USAir Arena) in Landover, Maryland. For the 1990 season the team was based at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
|Washington Commandos roster|
Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs
Offensive Linemen/Defensive Linemen
Rookies in italics
Arena Football League Hall of Famers
|Washington Commandos Hall of Famers|
|No.||Name||Year Inducted||Position(s)||Years w/ Commandos|
|--||Mike Dailey||2012||Assistant Coach||1989-1990|
|--||Mike Hohensee||2012||Asst./Head Coach||1989-1990|
The following Commandos players have been named to All-Arena Teams:
- QB Rich Ingold (1)
- WR/DB Dwayne Dixon (1), Lenny Taylor (1), Chris Armstrong (1)
- OL/DL Jon Roehlk (1), Michael Witteck (1), Chuck Harris (2)
- K Dale Castro (1)
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 1990 Arena Football League season.
Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.
|ArenaBowl Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Division||Regular season||Postseason Results|
|Totals||4||14||0||All-time regular season record (1987-1990)|
|0||0||-||All-time postseason record (1987-1990)|
|4||14||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (1987-1990)|
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- Gary Tuma (June 20, 1987). "Gladiators smashing in 48-46 win". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "Commandos win home-opener". The Free Lance-Star. June 29, 1987. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "Commandos 52, Gladiators 31". www.apnewsarchive.com. Associated Press. July 24, 1987. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- Kevin James Shay (September 3, 2013). "Arena Football League considering putting team at proposed Shady Grove venue". www.gazette.net. Post-Newsweek Media, Inc./Gazette.Net. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- Tom Boggie (June 9, 1990). "Firebirds Host Commandos In Arena Football Opener". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- David Fink (June 23, 1990). "Barretta leads Glads over Commandos". Pittsburgh Post=Gazette. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "ArenaFan Online : Washington Commandos - Team History - 1990". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan.