In 1991 he was the offensive coordinator of the ArenaBowl Champion Tampa Bay Storm. When Fran Curci left to coach the Cincinnati Rockers, he was named the team's new head coach, vice president and general manager. In 1993 he coached the Storm to a 51–31 victory over the Detroit Drive in ArenaBowl VII. He compiled a 35–12 record and three consecutive postseason appearances while in Tampa. He also owns the distinction of being the winning head coach of the AFL’s only All-Star Game.
In 1995 he was assigned by the WLAF to be the Scottish Claymores first head coach. However, just days before their first game against Rhein, Kuharich was dismissed and replaced by former Boise State head coach Jim Criner.
He returned to the AFL in 1996 as head coach of the Connecticut Coyotes. The team finished 2–12 and folded at year's end. He was hired to coach the expansion New York CityHawks in 1997. He was fired after coaching the team to a 2–12 record.