The New Mexico Stars quickly filled the vacancy left when two-year head coach Chris Williams resigned following the end of the 2013 season to take the head coaching position for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.
Late last week, the Stars (6-7 in 2013) came to an agreement with Dominic Bramante to take over as head coach.
Besides being the second coach in franchise history, Bramante is going to be the first Native American head coach in indoor football history.
A member of the Otoe Nation of Oklahoma (Red Rock, Okla.), Bramante knows that his Native American roots will play a big part in connecting with people throughout New Mexico.
“Being a Native American, I know how important family is,” Bramante said. “I want to build a family with not only the Stars team, but with the people of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Native Americans are a proud and storied people, and it’s my job to make the Stars a proud and storied franchise.
“For me this job isn’t just about football; it’s about empowerment. We want our football team to represent the rich traditions of our communities.”
Bramante, 48, boasts an impressive resume that spans 17 years and covers high school, college, Arena League and the NFL. He spent four years with the Baltimore Ravens (2008-12) as a line coach in OTA’s (organized team activities), training camp and several games. Bramante has also been a consultant with the New Jersey Red Dogs, an assistant coach with the South Georgia Wildcats, Florida Firecats, and Tennessee Valley Vipers arena teams, and an assistant coach in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
What is most impressive is that coach Bramante comes with the recommendation of the reigning NFL Super Bowl champion Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Plus, Herman Boone, legendary coach of the T.C. Williams High School (depicted in the movie “Remember the Titans”), told Stars General Manager Abe Hernandez, “You’re hiring a dynamite, enthusiastic and motivational individual who will be a great leader for your organization.”
Bramante is currently the director of Native Armor, a company that aids in the success of youth on the post secondary level through providing programs based on personal development, cultural identity and healthy lifestyles.
Seeing Stars: The Lone Star Football League recently released its 2013 all-star teams. Named to the LSFL’s first team were Stars WR Dexter Manley, LB Landrick Brody and DB Demarcus James. Named to the second team were RB Seth Smith, WR Joshua Floyd, OL Jeff Younker, OL Chris Brown, DB Marcus Allen, DL Cedric Odie and special teams kick returner Joshua Floyd. Stars quarterback Kasey Peters was named the league’s co-offensive Player of the Year.