Dominic Jones enters his second season on the Gladiators coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach/Director of Football Operations. Jones served as Defensive Backs Coach in 2016.
An Arena Football League veteran of four seasons, Jones spent three of those in Cleveland and totaled 335 tackles, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles, and seven total touchdowns over the course of his career. Jones also owns two franchise records with most missed field goal return yards in both career and in a single season with 52.
In his final season as a player in 2015, Jones recorded 82.5 tackles, 23 pass break-ups, and one interception.
In 2014, as the leader of the ‘No Fly Zone’ secondary, Jones posted 93.5 tackles, 27 pass break-ups, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries, and four forced fumbles as the Gladiators posted a 17-1 regular season record en route to an American Conference Championship victory over the Orlando Predators and a birth in ArenaBowl XXVII.
Jones earned Second-Team All-Arena as a kick returner in 2013 in his lone season with the Orlando Predators, setting the franchise record with 1,795 kick return yards and posting 91.5 tackles and two interceptions. Before joining Orlando, Jones made 70 tackles and two interceptions as a rookie in 2012 with Cleveland.
Prior to his professional career, Jones player two seasons at the University of Minnesota (2005-2006), totaling 137 tackles, two and a half tackles for loss, two interceptions, and five pass break-ups as a Golden Gopher before finishing his collegiate career at Otterbein University in 2010 where he notched 66 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, four sacks and two interceptions while being named All-OAC, All-Region, and All-America in his lone season.
The Columbus, OH, native prepped at Brookhaven High School where he was first-team All-District, All-State, and was Defensive Player of the Year.
Off the field, Jones has made just as big an impact as he did when he was on it. He is a sought-after motivational speaker, delivering speeches all over the United States. He continues on his quest to give back to his community through local charities and businesses, including the American Red Cross, Big Brother Big Sister, The Driven Foundation, The Salvation Army, Help for Humanity, Toys for Tots and Champions of Choices, Inc.
In 2011, Dominic, along with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, formed the Holiday Gospel Charity Classic where he raised $10,000 to benefit a young child battling cancer. In 2013 he joined the “Power 107.5 City School Tour”, during which he traveled to inner city schools in the Columbus area and spoke out against violence. Jones then went on to acquire the Mifflin Sharks Little League Organization in hopes of continuing to educate young athletes on the fundamentals of football while emphasizing the importance of education. Dominic started a company called Start Local End Global, an organization geared towards bettering the lives of others through motivational speaking, mentoring and partnering with charities and outreach programs. In 2014, Dominic Jones was honored with an NAACP Image Hometown Champion Award due to his charitable work in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Dominic, also affectionately known as "DJ", is a firm believer and living example that if “you can change one person, you can change the world!”
Jones has a fiancé, Heather, and four children: Domiyon, 11; Dominic Jr., 10; Damaiya, 8; Dillan, 7.