Mike Thiessen

Mike  Thiessen

Off. Coord./Quarterbacks




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Air Force 48, Georgia State 14

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Mike Thiessen is in his 12th season as an assistant coach at the Academy. This season is his fifth as the solo offensive coordinator after four years of sharing the duties, and his fourth as the quarterbacks coach. Thiessen coached wide receivers for the eight previous seasons.

As offensive coordinator, Thiessen has led a unit over the last three years that has been in the top four of the nation in rushing each year, averaged 33 points per game, been in the top three nationally in passing yards per completion and among the top 10 in third-down percentage. This has been one of the most productive offensive eras in Academy history.

He has guided quarterbacks Karson Roberts and Arion Worthman to bowl most valuable player honors. Roberts finished his senior campaign leading the team to a Mountain West division championship while Worthman finished last season in the top 10 in the conference in four categories. As receivers coach, Thiessen was instrumental in the development of Jalen Robinette, who finished his career as the all-time leading receiver in school history. He was also 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.

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 33-game hitting streak which stood for 17 years. He was inducted into the Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame last spring, as part of the school’s sixth class.

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 62nd 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.


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