Ron Selesky


Head Coach

Ron Selesky enters his seventh season with the Gladiators but his first as Head Coach. Selesky served as Assistant Head Coach from 2013-2014, 2016, and as Director of Player Personnel in 2010 and 2011. Selesky spent the 2015 season as a U.S. scout for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Selesky was named the AFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014 after helping lead the Gladiators to a historic 17-1 regular season, an American Conference Championship and a trip to ArenaBowl XXVII. During that run, Selesky commanded a defense, nicknamed the "No Fly Zone," that allowed a mere 43.4 points per game, the third-fewest in the AFL that season, and recovered a league-high 17 fumbles en route to the AFL’s third-best turnover margin (+16).

Prior to joining Cleveland, Selesky was the Defensive Coordinator/Director of Player Personnel for the Grand Rapids Rampage in 2008, helping the team advance to the American Conference Championship after a five year playoff drought.. He boasts several years of Arena Football experience at both head coaching and assistant coaching positions. He returned to the AFL in 2008 season after serving two years (2006-07) as head coach of arenafootball2’s Alabama Steeldogs.

Selesky began his Arena Football coaching career as the director of player personnel and assistant coach for the AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm from 1997-99, helping to lead the team to a 31-11 regular-season record and a 1998 ArenaBowl appearance. Selesky spent the 2000 season as director of player personnel/line coach for the expansion Carolina Cobras.

He then took his first head coaching position with the af2’s Louisville Fire in 2001 and, the following year, earned af2 Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Albany Conquest to a 13-3 regular-season mark and a Northeast Division title.

Upon returning to the AFL in 2003, Selesky led the Buffalo Destroyers as their head coach and director of football operations for one season before the team relocated to Columbus, Ohio. He then joined the Carolina Cobras in 2004, serving as the team’s defensive coordinator before taking the reins as an interim head coach for the team’s final six games. Selesky rejoined the Columbus Destroyers in 2005, serving as defensive coordinator for one year before returning to the af2 and the Steeldogs.

Selesky also spent several years as a lineman at both the collegiate and professional levels. He played his college ball at North Central College. 

Selesky went on to play in two games for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings in 1987, and attended training camps with the San Diego Chargers in 1988, the Miami Dolphins in 1990, and the Detroit Lions in 1992. He also spent three years (1995-97) as a scout for ProQuest Management.

The New Brunswick, N.J., native and his wife, Michelle, have four children: Mallorie, 7; Erin, 13; Madelyn, 17; and Brandt, 19, who is currently a redshirt freshman long-snapper at Southeast Missouri State University.

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