Bob McMillen (Head Coach & Director of Football Operations)

  • Head Coach Bob McMillen has had a highly successful coaching career, spending five years coaching with the Chicago Rush before joining the LA KISS in 2014. Prior to coaching, McMillen was one of the AFL’s most celebrated and decorated players, earning three AFL Championship rings during his time as a player. Those three championships were earned with three different teams, making him one of only three players in AFL history to win an Arena Bowl title with three different franchises.

    Selected as one of the 20 Greatest Players in AFL history, he played 13 consecutive seasons in the AFL with the Arizona Rattlers, San Jose Sabercats and Chicago Rush. McMillen holds single game, season, and career rushing records for attempts, yards, and touchdowns for the Rush. Coach McMillen’s accolades were topped when he was rewarded in 2013 as an inductee to the AFL Hall of Fame.

    When McMillen retired from playing in 2007, he immediately took to the sidelines by joining the Rush coaching staff as the fullbacks/linebackers coach. As a rookie head coach in 2011, he was named runner-up for the AFL’s Coach of the Year award after leading the Rush to a Central Division title and a 13-5 record. His success as a head coach continued with the Rush, earning him 2013 Coach of the Year honors.

    A native of the Chicago suburbs, McMillen was a three-time college football All-American. He and his wife, Joanie, have two sons, Bobby (16) and TJ (9) and a daughter, Shay (7). He enjoys spending his free time with his family and watching his kids play sports and participate in school activities.

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