Duke City Gladiators

Last updated
Duke City Gladiators
Established 2015
Play in Tingley Coliseum
in Albuquerque, New Mexico
dukecitygladiators.com
Duke City Gladiators CIF logo.png
League/conference affiliations
Current uniform
Duke City Gladiators 2021 Home and Away Uniform Colors.jpg
Team colorsSilver, black, white
   
Personnel
Owner(s)Gina Prieskorn-Thomas [1]
Head coach Robert Kent Jr.
Team history
  • Duke City Gladiators (2015–present)
Championships
League championships (2)
  • 2018, 2019
Conference championships (2)
  • 2018, 2019
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (4)
Home arena(s)

The Duke City Gladiators are a professional indoor football team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They began play in March 2015 as members of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league. The Gladiators typically play their home games at Tingley Coliseum, [2] [3] but are playing the 2021 season at Rio Rancho Events Center in nearby Rio Rancho due to availability during the COVID-19 pandemic. After winning back-to-back CIF championships in 2018 and 2019, the Gladiators left the CIF for the Indoor Football League (IFL) in the 2020 season.

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History

The team was formed in February 2015 by an ownership group called Duke City Sports Entertainment Group, Inc. a New Mexico corporation consisting of several investors, which also included Gladiators founder and general manager Matt Caward, along with co-founder and head coach Dominic Bramante, and director of media relations Andres Trujillo. [4] [5] [6] [7] The Gladiators joined Champions Indoor Football (CIF) in the league's inaugural season after the Rio Rancho-based New Mexico Stars cancelled their entry into the league shortly before the season began. [8] [9] [10] (In April 2015, the Stars announced that they would instead join the North American Indoor Football for 2016.) [11] The Gladiators had originally looked to join the X-League Indoor Football but geographical and financial considerations as well as the sudden availability of the CIF franchise slot led the team to change directions. [12] [13]

In 2015, the Gladiators played an abbreviated 11-game CIF schedule in 2015, as a direct replacement for the New Mexico Stars, but with some modifications and non-league games because of prior scheduling maneuvers and arena availability. [13] [14] [10] The team opened training camp on March 15. [15] Their first indoor practice session was March 24. [3] Regular season promotions included Hispanic Heritage Night on March 28 and Public Service Day on April 26. [16]

The Gladiators won the 2018 CIF championship. In February 2019, it was announced the Gladiators had been sold to Gina Prieskorn-Thomas, one of the former co-owners of the Gladiators. [1] The team then won its second CIF championship. After the season, the CIF granted the Gladiators petition to be released them from their commitment to play the 2020 season. [17] The team joined the Indoor Football League on August 20, 2019. [18] Head coach Dominic Bramante, who had been with the team since its inaugural season, was not retained during the offseason after his contract had ended. [19] The Gladiators then hired Pig Brown as head coach from the Nebraska Danger. [20] The day they were to play their first IFL game on March 12, 2020, the league postponed all games due to venues instituting social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. [21] The IFL eventually cancelled the entire season in April, but the Gladiators stated they would play exhibition games for their 2020 season once they were allowed to use the venues again. [22] By May, plans for exhibition games were ended and the team split with head coach Pig Brown without ever coaching a game. [23] Assistant coach Martino Theus was promoted to head coach in July 2020 while preparing for a 2021 season. [24]

To start the 2021 season, the Gladiators had to move at least the first three home games to the nearby Rio Rancho Events Center in Rio Rancho as Tingley Coliseum was being used as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. [25] They subsequently would play the rest of the season in Rio Rancho. Head coach Martino Theus was replaced at the end of June 2021 after a 2–4 record by former Gladiator quarterback Robert Kent Jr. [26]

Roster

Duke City Gladiators roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  • 22Raymond Taylor
  • 00Juwan Lewis

Wide receivers

  • 11 Xavier Amey
  •  0 Dello Davis
  • 12 Jared Elmore
  • 5 Gregory Dent Jr.
  • 2 Darryl Stonum
  • 16 William Martin
  •  4 Warren Oliver
Offensive linemen
  • 75 Josiah Hunter
  • 56 Terrale Johnson
  • Christian Cronk

Defensive linemen

  • 11 Brent Bowers
  • N/AAymiel Fleming
  • 99Matt Moss
  • 90 Christopher Smalls
  • 10 Fatu Ulale
Linebackers
  • 28 Jayson Serda

Defensive backs

  • Quantaye Battle
  • 21Dontrell Johnson
  • 6 Ray Jones Jr
  •  5 Paul Robinson
  • 28 Jayson Serda
  • 5 Gregory Dent Jr.

Special teams

  •  7James Naehu
Reserve lists
  • -- Desmond Anaya DL (Did not report)
  • -- Sterling Dubose WR (Suspended)
  • -- Desmond Howard OL (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Julian Lewis DB (Did not report)
  • -- Wondell Rutledge OL (Suspended)
  • -- Gabriel Sherrod DL (Did not report)
  • -- Jack Tomlinson DB (Suspended)
  • -- Darrain Winston DB (Did not report)

Roster updated August 20, 2021
25 Active, 8 Inactive

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Season-by-season results

League ChampionsConference ChampionsDivision ChampionsPlayoff berthLeague leader
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesTies
2015 CIF 5th740
2016 CIFSouthern4th660
2017 CIFSouth4th750Lost Conference Semifinal (Amarillo) 41–70
2018 CIFSouth1st1020Won Conference Semifinal (Wichita) 44–39
Won Conference Championship (Texas) 41–28
Won Champions Bowl (Sioux City) 31–27
2019 CIFSouth1st930Won Conference Championship (Amarillo) 70–62
Won Champions Bowl (Salina) 35–29
2020 IFL Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 IFL4th770Won First round (Iowa) 34–33
TBD Semifinal (Arizona)
Totals46270All-time regular season record (2015–2021)
61All-time postseason record (2015–2021)
52280All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2021)

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