Duke City Gladiators

Duke City Gladiators
Current season
Established 2015
Play in Rio Rancho Events Center
in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
League/conference affiliations
Champions Indoor Football (2015–2019)
  • Southern Division (2016)
  • South Conference (2017–2019)

Indoor Football League (2020–present)

  • Western Conference (2022-present)
Current uniform
Team colorsSilver, black, turquoise, white
Owner(s)Gina Prieskorn-Thomas
General managerFred Griggs
Head coachFred Griggs
Team history
  • Duke City Gladiators (2015–present)
League championships (2)
  • 2018, 2019
Conference championships (2)
  • 2018, 2019
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (5)
Home arena(s)

The Duke City Gladiators are a professional indoor football team based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, a suburb of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They began play in March 2015 as members of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league. The Gladiators played at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque from 2015 to 2019, but are playing the 2021 season at Rio Rancho Events Center in nearby Rio Rancho due to availability during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team played the entire 2022 Indoor Football League season at Rio Rancho Events Center. 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.


Original CIF Logo (2015-2019)

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. 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. (In April 2015, the Stars announced that they would instead join the North American Indoor Football for 2016.) 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.

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. The team opened training camp on March 15. Their first indoor practice session was March 24. Regular season promotions included Hispanic Heritage Night on March 28 and Public Service Day on April 26.

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. 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. The team joined the Indoor Football League on August 20, 2019. 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. The Gladiators then hired Pig Brown as head coach from the Nebraska Danger. 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. 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. By May, plans for exhibition games were ended and the team split with head coach Pig Brown without ever coaching a game. Assistant coach Martino Theus was promoted to head coach in July 2020 while preparing for a 2021 season.

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. 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.


Duke City Gladiators roster


  • -- Jayru Campbell
  • -- Taz Wilson

Running backs

  • -- Jeff Carr
  • -- Tamar Hart
  • -- Quaderman Sloan
  • -- Justin Stockton

Wide receivers

  • -- Devond Blair
  • -- Mike Carter Jr.
  • -- Devanaire Concliffe
  • -- Greg Dent
  • -- Travier Fields-Jackson
  • -- Laquvionte Gonzales
  • -- Tyrone Laughinghouse
  • -- Goarny Sloan
  • -- Jordus Smith
  • -- Shavarus Smith

Offensive linemen

  • -- Tyrese Bobbitt
  • -- Colby Byrd
  • -- Netori Johnson
  • -- Zech Thomas

Defensive linemen

  • -- Dave Calderon
  • -- Malik McDowell
  • -- Javari Nichols
  • -- Jay Washington
  • -- Kolby Wyatt


  • -- Jayson Serda

Defensive backs

  • -- Kyle Black
  • -- Malik Brown
  • -- Jadarius Byrd
  • -- Trevon Claybourne
  • -- Aaron Jackson
  • -- Kereon Merell
  • -- Alex Noble
  • -- Kam Prewitt
  • -- Greg Thomas
  • -- Kentrell Price
  • -- Jordan Semanant
  • -- Tyler Watson
  • -- Jemal Williams

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated November 10, 2023
40 Active, 0 Inactive

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Season-by-season results

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff berth League leader
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2015 CIF 5th 7 4 0
2016 CIF Southern 4th 6 6 0
2017 CIF South 4th 7 5 0 Lost Conference Semifinal (Amarillo) 41–70
2018 CIF South 1st 10 2 0 Won Conference Semifinal (Wichita) 44–39
Won Conference Championship (Texas) 41–28
Won Champions Bowl (Sioux City) 31–27
2019 CIF South 1st 9 3 0 Won Conference Championship (Amarillo) 70–62
Won Champions Bowl (Salina) 35–29
2020 IFL Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 IFL 4th 7 7 0 Won First round (Iowa) 34–33
Lost Semifinal (Arizona) 55–58
2022 IFL Western 4th 8 8 0 Lost First round (Arizona) 53-14
2023 IFL Western 6th 5 10 0
2024 IFL Western 0 2 0
Totals 59 47 0 All-time regular season record (2015–2021)
6 3 All-time postseason record (2015–2021)
65 50 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2021)

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