The Pittsburgh Power have named Ron James as the team's new head coach, replacing Derek Stingley just one game into the 2014 season.
“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 said in a statement. “With his history of success in the AFL, we believe Ron is the right man to lead our team.”
After replacing much of its 2013 team, an overhaul that included the acquisition of quarterback and 2012 Arena Football League MVP Tommy Grady, the Power lost its season opener to the Cleveland Gladiators last Saturday, 63-53, a game in which it led by 17 in the second half.
Stingley had just begun his third season as the team's coach and owned a record of 9-28 in that time.
James spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Utah Blaze, where he was named the AFL coach of the year in 2012. While in Utah, James coached a number of current Power players, a group that includes Grady and wide receivers Aaron Lesuè and Shaun Kauleinamoku.
“Coach James has repeatedly shown the ability to lead players and coach successful teams,” Power co-owner Lynn Swann said in a statement. "Our goal is to bring a championship to Pittsburgh.”