Naperville's McMillen expected to lead Rush as next head coach

Updated 2/24/2011 8:18 PM

With the departure of nine-year head coach Mike Hohensee to Philadelphia, the Chicago Rush is prepared to name one of Hohensee's favorite players and a suburban football star to succeed him.

According to multiple reports, the Rush will introduce Bob McMillen as the second head coach in its history at a news conference Tuesday in Chicago. The Sun-Times was the first to report the hiring.

McMillen is a Naperville resident and former football star at Illinois Benedictine Univeristy and Immaculate Conception high school. The linebacker/fullback retired from the Rush in 2007 as the league's all-time rusher and later was named one of the AFL's 20 greatest players.

With the hiring, McMillen will be reunited with Gene Nudo, the new Rush president and general manager who headed the Arizona Rattlers when McMillen broke into the AFL.

McMillen was a part of three ArenaBowl championship teams in Arizona, San Jose and the Rush (2006).

For his AFL career, McMillen finished with 1,514 yards rushing, 85 rushing touchdowns as well as 10 TD receptions.

Nudo was recently named to lead the Rush after Hohensee and president/GM Ken Valdiserri both resigned from the team in August. Hohensee is now the head coach of the Philadelphia Soul.