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Pat O'Hara
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Pat O’Hara enters his third season with the Houston Texans in 2017, serving as an offensive assistant coach. He also assists Sean Ryan with the quarterbacks.

Pat O’Hara enters his third season with the Houston Texans in 2017, serving as an offensive assistant coach. He also assists Sean Ryan with the quarterbacks.

With O'Hara on staff, Houston has won back-to-back AFC South championships and posted three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Texans' 7-1 record at home and 5-1 record in the division in 2016 both tied franchise records. The team also advanced to the AFC Divisional Round for the first time since 2012.

In his first season with the team in 2015, Houston earned its first AFC South title since 2012 and became the first NFL team since 1950 to earn a trip to the postseason with four different starting quarterbacks winning at least one regular season game.

O’Hara’s professional playing career spanned over 16 years playing quarterback in the NFL, the World League and the Arena Football League (AFL). He spent 10 years coaching in the AFL including stints as a head coach for the Tri-Cities Fever (AF2, 2009), Orlando Predators (2010-11) and New Orleans Voo-Doo (2012-14). Before joining the Texans, O’Hara spent the 2014 AFL offseason as the director of player personnel for the Jacksonville Sharks. He began his AFL career as a quarterback for Orlando in 1995 and he helped his teams win three of the five ArenaBowls he played in.

While still a quarterback with the Predators in 1996, O’Hara began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at Point Loma High School in California. Two years later, he became the quarterbacks coach for New Smyrna Beach High School in Florida and was eventually named offensive coordinator at Olympia High School in 2001. O’Hara got his first AFL job as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Storm in 2005 and held the unique position of a player-coach. Eventually, O’Hara retired as a player in 2007 and landed his first head coaching job with the Los Angeles Avengers (AFL) in 2009.

O’Hara attended USC where he played quarterback for the Trojans under Head Coach Larry Smith. After Heisman Trophy candidate Rodney Peete left in 1989, O’Hara was expected to take over as USC’s starting quarterback until a gruesome knee injury ended his junior season just 10 days before the first game.

O’Hara’s arm was impressive enough that he was still drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 10th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Following the 1991 season, O’Hara was allocated to the World League of American Football’s Ohio Glory. He then spent the 1992 and 1993 seasons with the San Diego Chargers before heading to training camp with the Washington Redskins in 1994.

In 1995, O’Hara signed with the Orlando Predators and began his AFL playing career. He played in Orlando for six seasons and helped lead the Predators to wins in ArenaBowls XII and XIV. He then joined the Toronto Phantoms in 2001 and the Tampa Bay Storm in 2003 where he led the Storm to a win in ArenaBowl XVII.

O’Hara has worked as a television football analyst for Bright House Sports Network covering Florida High School football. He has also served as the color analyst for the UCF IMG Radio Network covering UCF Football.

O’Hara has also done consulting work, coordinating and choreographing football action scenes in movies. Some of his credits include “The Longest Yard,” “Invincible,” “We Are Marshall” and “The Game Plan”. He has also 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."

O’Hara attended Santa Monica (Calif.) High School, where during his 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.

O’Hara graduated from USC with a degree in public administration in 1991.

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