Falcons to face Rice on Dec. 29 in Forth Worth, Texas. Game televised by ESPN.
Kickoff this Saturday, Nov. 24, is 12:30 PST at Bulldog Stadium.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at Falcon Stadium. Game to be televised by ESPN2.
Air Force-SDSU kicks off at 12:30 pm PST on Saturday, Nov. 10 in San Diego.
Falcons and Black Knights play Saturday, Nov. 3, in West Point, NY.
Mike Thiessen is in his ninth season as an assistant coach at the Academy. This season is his second as the solo offensive coordinator after four years of sharing the duties, and his first as the quarterbacks coach. Thiessen coached wide receivers for the eighth previous seasons.
Thiessen had one of the top receiving corps in school history last season, overseeing the development of two players that had breakout seasons. Jalen Robinette led the Falcons with 43 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns. His 806 yards are the most by a Falcon since Jason Brown in 2005. Garrett Brown was second on the team with 36 catches for 535 yards and a team-best six touchdowns.
Thiessen was a key contributor in the development of All-American Chad Hall, the conference offensive player of the year in 2007. Hall caught 50 passes, the sixth most in school history, for 524 yards, while rushing for 1,478 yards, which ranks second all-time in school history. Hall played six seasons in the NFL and earned a Super Bowl appearance with the San Francisco 49ers.
Over the last several seasons, Thiessen coached Kevin Fogler, who emerged as a key player in the offense. Fogler led the Falcons in every receiving category in 2009 with 25 catches for 567 yards and five touchdowns. In 2011, Jonathan Warzeka and Zack Kauth each had 31 catches to lead the team. Kauth had 620 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Warzeka had 442 yards and four scores.
A two-sport star during his collegiate career, Thiessen was an All-American baseball player as a centerfielder in the spring of 2000 and was the Mountain West Conference football offensive player of the year in the fall of 2000. A two-year starter at quarterback, Thiessen led the team in rushing and was among the conference leaders in rushing yards and touchdowns in 2000.
He capped off his career by earning offensive most valuable player honors while leading Air Force to a 37-34 win over Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic. Thiessen finished the game with 99 yards rushing and 204 yards passing.
Thiessen was a team captain as a senior, while rushing for 713 yards and 10 touchdowns and passing for 1,687 yards and 13 scores in 2000. On the diamond, he holds 10 Academy records (six career and four single-season), including a school-record 33-game hitting streak.
After graduation in 2001, Thiessen was a 42nd round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. He played in 27 games with the Yakima Bears “A” team and led the squad with a .308 batting average. His first military assignment was at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., working in the fighter squadron.
He entered the World Class Athlete Program and played with the Lancaster Jethawks, an advanced A affiliate of the Diamondbacks in 2003. He hit .278 with five homers and 42 runs scored in 85 games. Following that season, he returned to Luke and worked in personnel.
After three years at Luke AFB, Thiessen returned to the Academy to teach and coach at the USAFA Prep School. He served as an instructor in algebra, calculus and chemistry and was the offensive coordinator for the football team for three seasons before joining the Academy staff in 2007.
Thiessen and his wife, the former Kristen McClellan of Jefferson City, Mo., have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Brooke.