TAMPA BAY – The Arena Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Storm head coach Ron James was named the 2017 Arena Football League Head Coach of the Year.
James, a 20-year veteran of the Arena Football League, was named the seventh head coach in franchise history on October 25, 2016. Wanting to make an impact both on and off the field, James set out on a mission to bring the Storm back to its glory days after the team suffered a 2-14 campaign in 2016.
James put together one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the League, one that consists of Doug Kay, Gary Gussman, Shane Stafford, and Austin Wilson. Together, the staff engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in League history, taking a 2-14 team and finishing with a regular season record of 10-4.
Since his hiring, the Storm saw the following under James’ watch:
* First winning season since 2010
* First home playoff game since 2010
* 24th Arena Football League playoff appearance
* 10th appearance in the ArenaBowl
This is James’ second AFL postseason award. He was named the head coach of the year in 2012 when he led the Utah Blaze to a 12-6 record.