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Monday, January 19, 2009

LHS/KU graduate new GM in Tampa

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Mark Dominik proved this weekend that a prosperous playing career is not a prerequisite for running an NFL franchise.

Despite not playing varsity football in high school or college, Dominik, a Lawrence High and Kansas University graduate, was named Saturday as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dominik, 37, replaces former general manager Bruce Allen, who was fired Friday along with head coach Jon Gruden.

A St. Cloud, Minn., native, Dominik joined the Bucs’ staff in 1995 as a pro personnel assistant after spending a year and a half working as a part of the Kansas City Chiefs organization. He was given the title of pro scout in 1998 and in 2000 was promoted to coordinator of pro personnel, where he served eight seasons and helped Tampa Bay earn its first Super Bowl victory against Oakland in 2002.

Dominik and wife Amy, who also attended KU, have a 2-year-old son, Davis, and mother Sharon Dominik remains a Lawrence resident.

Among the members of Dominik’s staff will be Dennis Hickey, a former Lawrence High classmate who played linebacker for the Lions. Hickey, who played football at Coffeyville Community College before moving on to Tulsa University, has spent the past two seasons as the Bucs’ director of college scouting.

Tampa Bay fired six members of Gruden’s staff Sunday: offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Muir, defensive quality-control coaches Johnny Cox and Ejiro Evero, offensive assistant Jay Gruden, strength and conditioning coach Mike Morris and assistant offensive line coach George Yarno.

Comments

GabrielMichael 11 years ago

Congratulations Mark!We are proud of you!Darryl C.

DSommersby 11 years ago

I am confused. This article and the Bucs website calls him a St. Cloud, MN native and does not mention him being from Lawrence. I had heard he is a KU guy. Props to him on the promotion. Just wondering if he moved to Lawrence late in his high school career or something. Hope he does great!

Brad Avery 11 years ago

I played high school football and could have drafted better than Carl Peterson and half the other GMs in pro football (here's a secret, you need a good quarterback). This surely qualifies me for a $2 mill a year job in the front office somewhere.

rgreene 11 years ago

doolindalton, you're an idiot if you think that qualifies you.

TrueBlue92 11 years ago

Dsommersby,Mark was born in St. Cloud, MN, but lived in Lawrence from 9th grade through KU graduation. Trust me, he considers Lawrence home!I'm his brother (if you believe it . . ).You can imagine how excited he was to get Talib last year!! He is still a big KU fan and attended the homecoming game last year against KSU.ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS!!!

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