Dominic Bramante, 54, who coached the Duke City Gladiators to Champions Indoor Football titles the past two seasons at Tingley Coliseum, will not return to the team in 2020.
Gladiators owner Gina Prieskorn-Thomas said in a press release the team opted not to renew his contract:
“His leadership, professionalism and coaching acumen will be sorely missed. We are thankful for all he has done for our community and for our franchise, including but not limited to our Back2Back championships.”
Matt Avila, the team’s director of public relations, said the Gladiators will begin the interview process for a coach next week, with two candidates scheduled as of Wednesday. He said the team would be looking for a mentor with experience in the Indoor Football League since the Gladiators recently made the move from the CIF to the IFL.
A key difference between the leagues, Avila said, is that the IFL limits the number of players with four or more years of pro indoor experience to seven a team. He added that Duke City had 11 such players last season.
“We wanted to get a younger and hungrier coach,” Avila said.
Bramante was coach of the Gladiators since their inception in 2015. In 2014, he guided the Rio Rancho-based New Mexico Stars.
“My record speaks for itself, period,” he said Wednesday. “I want to say it’s been an honor to serve the fans of Albuquerque and our mighty players and to work with the great leaders at Expo New Mexico.”
Bramante said he wouldn’t have further comment until after speaking to his attorney Thursday.