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Pittsburgh Power Hire Ron James as New Head Coach

Friday March 21, 2014

 Former Utah Blaze Head Coach and AFL Head Coach of the Year Takes Over in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 21, 2014) – The Pittsburgh Power have hired Ron James as their new head coach, the team announced Friday.

Becoming the third head coach in Power history, James joins the team after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of the Utah Blaze where in 2012 he was named the Arena Football League Head Coach of the Year. James will be reuniting with former players quarterback Tommy Grady and wide receivers Aaron Lesuè and Shaun Kauleinamoku.

The 29-year coaching veteran got his start in the League as an assistant coach for the Albany Firebirds in 1990. He later joined the staff of the Houston ThunderBears in 1999, serving as the Director of Player Personnel and coaching the offensive and defensive lines.

From 2002-04, James was the assistant head coach for the Las Vegas Gladiators. He coached both the team’s offensive and defensive lines and the special teams unit. In 2005, he was promoted to head coach of the Gladiators. That year the team led the AFL in total offense and total defense. With James, the Gladiators broke 14 team records, including new franchise season-highs for passing yards (4,664) and total yards (4,996).

Coach James began his span with the Utah Blaze in 2007, coaching the offensive and defensive lines. He added Director of Player Personnel to his title the following season. After a dismal 1-6 start in 2010, James was promoted to head coach. It was under his leadership that the Blaze quickly became one of the AFL’s elite teams. In 2012, Utah produced the most successful season in franchise history with a 12-6 record.

“On behalf of the Power organization, I want to express our excitement in announcing Coach James as our team’s new head coach,” Power owner and chairman Matt Shaner stated, “With his history of success in the AFL, we believe Ron is the right man to lead our team.”

“Coach James has repeatedly shown the ability to lead players and coach successful teams,” remarked Power Co-Owner Lynn Swann, “our goal is to bring a championship to Pittsburgh.”

The Power return to action on Saturday, March 29, hosting the San Jose SaberCats. Kickoff at CONSOL Energy Center is set for 5:00 pm. The game will be televised on thisTV Pittsburgh and broadcast on TribLIVE Radio.

About the Pittsburgh Power

The Pittsburgh Power is a professional arena football team in the Arena Football League based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2010, the team is owned by entrepreneur Matt Shaner, NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, and Trib Total Media. The team plays all their home games at CONSOL Energy Center, which also is the home to the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Tickets and Sponsorships are available for the 2014 season. For more information visit our website at www.pittsburghpowerfootball.com or call 412-697-7846. You can also follow the Power on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube.

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game pitting the American Conference Champions versus the National Conference Champions for the James F. Foster Trophy.