Ron James (American football)
Ron James (born April 28, 1964) is an arena football coach who is currently the head coach of the Atlantic City Blackjacks of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Siena College. He has been a football coach since 1986. Before becoming the Blackjacks' head coach for their inaugural 2019 season, James coached for the Las Vegas Gladiators from 2005 to 2006, the Utah Blaze from 2009 to 2013, the Pittsburgh Power in 2014, the Portland Steel in 2016, and the Tampa Bay Storm in 2017.
James in 2017
|Atlantic City Blackjacks|
|Born:||April 28, 1964|
Albany, New York
|High school:||Albany (NY) Christian Brothers Academy|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||74–77 (.490)|
James grew up in Albany, New York, where he played football at Christian Brothers Academy. He then enrolled at Siena College, and played offensive line on the Siena Saints football team from 1982 to 1985.
After multiple stops coaching in the NCAA and assistant jobs in the Arena Football League (AFL), James was named the head coach of the Las Vegas Gladiators in 2004. After a he compiled a 12–18 record, James was let go and joined the Utah Blaze staff. After Danny White resigned in 2008, James was promoted to head coach of the Blaze. The Blaze folded following the 2013 season and James was hired after week one of the 2014 season by the Pittsburgh Power when they fired head coach Derek Stingley. The Power folded at the end of the season.
On October 25, 2016, he was named the head coach of the Tampa Bay Storm. He helped the Storm to a 10–4 regular season record and a berth in ArenaBowl XXX, where they lost to the Philadelphia Soul by a score of 44–40. The Storm, who finished with a 2–14 record in 2016, became the first team in AFL history to have a winning percentage of less than .200 in a season and then earn an ArenaBowl berth the next season. James was named the AFL Coach of the Year in 2017. The Storm folded in December 2017.
In 2018, James was hired as a senior analyst for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He returned the AFL in 2019 as the inaugural head coach of the expansion Atlantic City Blackjacks.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|LAS||2005||8||8||.500||3rd in AC West||–||–||–||–|
|LAS||2006||5||10||.333||4th in AC West||–||–||–||–|
|UTAH||2010||1||8||.111||3rd in NC West||–||–||–||–|
|UTAH||2011||9||7||.563||3rd in NC West||–||–||–||–|
|UTAH||2012||12||6||.667||3rd in NC West||1||1||.500||Lost to Arizona Rattlers in Conference Championship|
|UTAH||2013||7||11||.389||4th in NC West||–||–||–||–|
|PIT||2014||15||2||.882||2nd in AC East||0||1||.000||Lost to Orlando Predators in Conference Semifinals|
|POR||2016||3||13||.188||4th in NC||0||1||.000||Lost to Arizona Rattlers in Conference Semifinals|
|TAM||2017||10||4||.714||2nd in AFL||1||1||.500||Lost to Philadelphia Soul in ArenaBowl XXX|
|AC||2019||4||8||.333||5th in AFL||–||–||–||–|
- Kyle Goon (June 1, 2012). "AFL: In all ways, Ron James leads Utah Blaze". www.sltrib.com. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Gladiators name Ron James new head coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 24, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Ron James Named New Head Coach Of Utah Blaze". www.ksl.com. KSL.com. July 9, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- Matt Popchock (March 29, 2014). "Arena Football League: Timing Is Everything for Pittsburgh Power and Ron James". www.bleacherreport.com. Bleacher Report, Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2014.James led the Power to a 15-3 record.
- "Storm Names Ron James Head Coach". arenafan.com. October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- "Tampa Bay's James Named Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year". arenafootball.com. August 25, 2017. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Soul Snare Second Straight Foster Trophy in ArenaBowl XXX". arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Atlantic City AFL Team Announces Head Coach, Coaching Staff". OurSportsCentral.com. January 31, 2019.
- "Ron James Coaching Record". ArenaFan.com. Retrieved July 7, 2014.