10/03/2014 8:51 AM
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced Friday that longtime Arena Football League player and coach Pat O’Hara has joined the Sharks’ football operations staff as the team’s Director of Player Personnel.
“I have known Pat for a long, long time,” Sharks Head Coach Les Moss said. “He learned our game from some of the greatest minds in the history of this league and applied that knowledge to become successful as a player and coach. We were fortunate to have Pat on our team from 1995 to 2000 as we competed in four ArenaBowls, and I’m excited to work with him again as he brings that championship magic to Jacksonville.”
O’Hara heads to Jacksonville after a five-year run as an AFL Head Coach. O’Hara is no stranger to the South Division, having spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans VooDoo following a two-year stint at the helm of the Orlando Predators. O’Hara led his teams to the postseason three times, earning an American Conference Wild Card spot in each of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 campaigns. O’Hara faced Moss and the Sharks in two playoff matchups, winning the teams’ first-round contest in 2010 before falling to the Sharks on Sea Best Field the following season.
O’Hara’s AFL coaching career dates back to 2005, when he served as a player-coach with the Tampa Bay Storm, calling plays as the team’s offensive coordinator while also playing quarterback. O’Hara then served as head coach of the Tri-Cities Fever in af2 during the 2009 season before heading to Orlando.
As a player, O’Hara enjoyed a 12-year career as an AFL quarterback, which included six seasons with the Orlando Predators (1995-2000), two with the Toronto Phantoms (2001-02) and four with the Tampa Bay Storm (2003-06). O’Hara quarterbacked in three ArenaBowls, winning ArenaBowl XII with Orlando in 1998 and ArenaBowl XVII with Tampa Bay in 2003. He was also on the losing end of ArenaBowl IX in 1995, as his Predator squad fell to the Storm in that season’s title game.
A native of Santa Monica, California, O’Hara spent his college career near his hometown at the University of Southern California. O’Hara was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 10th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. O’Hara had stints with three NFL teams over a four-year span, working with the Buccaneers, the San Diego Chargers (1992-93), and the Washington Redskins (1994).
In addition to his career in the AFL, O’Hara also works as a consultant on football-based movies. O’Hara has appeared in a number of films, including Any Given Sunday, The Waterboy and The Game Plan, and contributed to We Are Marshall, Invincible and The Longest Yard. O’Hara also currently serves as a color analyst on University of Central Florida football radio broadcasts.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2015 season are now available, two tickets for as low as $99. To purchase your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2014 season. The AFL schedule culminates each season with the ArenaBowl on ESPN.