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Best Local Pro Coach
Duke City Gladiators Indoor Football Team
Even aside from winning the 2018 Champions Indoor Football title Duke City Gladiators head coach Dominic Bramante is an MVP of sorts around Albuquerque. He moved to the metro area in 2013 to coach the N.M. Stars indoor football team in Rio Rancho then transitioned to the Gladiators in 2015. Along the way his star has also risen as a motivational speaker and all-around inspiration for local schoolkids business owners and community leaders.
And while he attracts attentive ears because of his resumé and experience (he’s spent two decades in coaching pro athletes including four years assisting with linemen for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens) Bramante has also become a significant voice in ABQ’s sizeable Native American community (approximately 5.2% of the city’s residents are tribal members). “I know how important it is for young people today to have role models and it’s even more important for Natives because we have fewer heroes to choose from” says Bramante 54 who is a member of the Otoe-Missouri tribe of Oklahoma.
With his signature ponytail and tell-it-like-it-is approach Bramante has a presence that often takes over the rooms he occupies. The vibrant personality comes from his formative years in New Jersey where he was raised by an adopted Italian-American family. But Bramante who discovered and reunited with his birth family in Oklahoma in his 30s says his introspect and true wisdom has been honed by his reconnection with his Native roots. “I absolutely love being in Albuquerque. I have the chance to touch the lives of my many Native brothers and sisters and to touch the lives of anyone else that I can” he says. “And we’re looking forward to winning another football championship.”