Ron James (American football)

Ron James
Tampa Bay Storm
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-04-28) April 28, 1964
Place of birth: Albany, New York
Career information
High school: Albany (NY) Christian Brothers Academy
College: Siena
Undrafted: 1986
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season: 60–65 (.480)
Postseason: 1–3 (.250)
Career: 61–68 (.473)

Ron James (born April 28, 1964) is an arena football head coach for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played his college football at Siena College. He has been a football coach since 1986. He was head coach of the Las Vegas Gladiators from 2005 to 2006, the Utah Blaze from 2009 to 2013, the Pittsburgh Power in 2014 and the Portland Steel in 2016.

James grew up in Albany, New York where he played football at Christian Brothers Academy. Ron then enrolled at Siena College, and played offensive line on the Siena Saints football team from 1982-1985.

College career

James accepted a scholarship offer from Siena College where he was an All-American offensive lineman.[1]

Coaching career

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.[2] After a he complied a 12-18 record, and the Gladiators announced their move to Cleveland, Ohio, 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.[3] After the Blaze folded following the 2013 season, James was left without a job. However, following week one of the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Power fired head coach Derek Stingley and hired James to replace Stingley.[4]

On January 30, 2016, James was hired as the new head coach and general manager of the new Portland AFL Team (as of February 3, 2016, formerly known as the Portland Thunder) replacing Andy Olson who had previously been hired to replace Mike Hohensee. The team's name was later announced as the Portland Steel. They folded after the 2016 season.

On October 25, 2016, he was named the head coach of the Tampa Bay Storm.[5]

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
LAS2005 88.500 3rd in AC West
LAS2006 510.333 4th in AC West
LAS Total1318.419
UTAH2010 18.111 3rd in NC West
UTAH2011 97.563 3rd in NC West
UTAH2012 126.667 3rd in NC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Arizona Rattlers in Conference Championship
UTAH2013 711.389 4th in NC West
UTAH Total2932.47511.500
PIT2014 152.882 2nd in AC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Orlando Predators in Conference Semifinals
PIT Total152.88201.000
POR2016 313.188 4th in NC 0 1 .000 Lost to Arizona Rattlers in Conference Semifinals
POR Total313.18801.000


  1. Kyle Goon (June 1, 2012). "AFL: In all ways, Ron James leads Utah Blaze". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  2. "Gladiators name Ron James new head coach". OurSports Central. August 24, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  3. "Ron James Named New Head Coach Of Utah Blaze". July 9, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  4. Matt Popchock (March 29, 2014). "Arena Football League: Timing Is Everything for Pittsburgh Power and Ron James". Bleacher Report, Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  5. "Storm Names Ron James Head Coach". October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  6. "Ron James Coaching Record". Retrieved July 7, 2014.
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