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Tampa Bay's James Named Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year

Friday August 25, 2017

 James wins top coaching honor for second time

LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced that Tampa Bay Storm head coach Ron James has been named 2017 Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year. This is James' second time being honored as the top coach in the AFL after being awarded the distinction in 2012 with the Utah Blaze.

James is in his first season coaching the Storm. Under his direction, Tampa Bay improved from 2-14 in 2016 to 10-4 in 2017. In guiding the Storm to ArenaBowl XXX, James has generated one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in AFL history. No team had ever gone from a winning percentage of less than .200 in one season to the ArenaBowl in the next season before this year.

James is the eighth man to win the Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year award twice, joining Perry Moss, Tim Marcum, John Gregory, Darren Arbet, Doug Plank, Kevin Guy, and the man who will be on the opposite sideline at ArenaBowl XXX, Clint Dolezel.

 

AFL MARCUM-MOSS HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR
 
YEAR
 
PLAYER
 
TEAM
 
2017
 
Ron James
 
Tampa Bay
 
2016
 
Clint Dolezel
 
Philadelphia
 
2016
 
Kevin Guy
 
Arizona
 
2015
 
Clint Dolezel
 
Philadelphia
 
2014
 
Steve Thonn
 
Cleveland
 
2013
 
Bob McMillen
 
Chicago
 
2012
 
Ron James
 
Utah
 
2011
 
Kevin Guy
 
Arizona
 
2010
 
Les Moss
 
Jacksonville
 
2008
 
Mike Wilpolt
 
Cleveland
 
2007
 
Doug Plank
 
Georgia
 
2006
 
Will McClay
 
Dallas
 
2005
 
Doug Plank
 
Georgia
 
2004
 
Mike Neu
 
New Orleans
 
2003
 
Todd Shell
 
New York
 
2002
 
Darren Arbet
 
San Jose
 
2001
 
Michael Trigg
 
Grand Rapids
 
2000
 
Darren Arbet
 
San Jose
 
1999
 
Mike Dailey
 
Albany
 
1998
 
Tim Marcum
 
Tampa Bay
 
1997
 
Eddie Khayat
 
Nashville
 
1996
 
John Gregory
 
Iowa
 
1995
 
John Gregory
 
Iowa
 
1994
 
Perry Moss
 
Orlando
 
1993
 
Danny White
 
Arizona
 
1992
 
Perry Moss
 
Orlando
 
1991
 
Fran Curci
 
Tampa Bay
 
1990
 
Ernie Stautner
 
Dallas
 
1989
 
Babe Parilli
 
Denver
 
1988
 
Perry Moss
 
Chicago
 
1987
 
Tim Marcum
 
Denver
 

 

ARENABOWL XXX
Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET – Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
#2 Tampa Bay Storm (10-4; 1-0) at #1 Philadelphia Soul (13-1; 1-0)
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 ABOUT THE AFL

The Arena Football League is now in its 30th Anniversary Season in 2017. 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. Teams slated for 2017 include: Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week during the regular season. ArenaBowl XXX takes place on Saturday, August 26 and can be seen on AFLNow and Twitter. For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League, follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@aflarenaball).