NFL Front Office Analyst, ESPN
Former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik has landed a new job as a front office insider with ESPN, the network confirmed Thursday morning.
Dominik, 43, will make his debut (March 27-28, 2014) on ESPN's "NFL Insiders" show, where he had made a guest appearance last month, sharing the perspective of an NFL decision-maker during the busy offseason moves of free agency and draft preparations. He joins a long line of former Bucs personalities now working as TV analysts, including players Warren Sapp, John Lynch, Trent Dilfer and Ronde Barber, along with coach Tony Dungy.
"I am excited to join ESPN and look forward to sharing my perspective on the kinds of issues and decisions general managers face daily within their organizations,” Dominik said in an ESPN release, which noted that he'll also work with the "NFL Live" show, with contributions to ESPN Radio and ESPN.com as well.
Mark Dominik was named the fourth general manager in team history on January 17, 2009. From 1996-2013, Dominik contributed to seven playoff appearances and four division titles.
In his three seasons leading the Buccaneers’ front office, Dominik gained a reputation as one of the league’s top talent evaluators, with a keen aptitude for finding late-round gems, in addition to fully utilizing the “second draft”—bringing in rookie contributors through undrafted free agency, scouring the waiver wire and opposing teams’ practice squads.
During the 2010 offseason, Dominik oversaw Tampa Bay’s 2011 draft class, which included the likes of DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Da’Quan Bowers, LB Mason Foster, TE Luke Stocker and S Ahmad Black—all players to add to the Buccaneers’ talented young core.
Dominik’s much-lauded 2010 draft proved itself on the field during the season, where seven of the nine picks recorded at least one start. WR Mike Williams, a fourth-round selection, started all 16 games his rookie season, leading all rookie receivers in the league in receptions (65, second on the team), yards (964, first on the team), and receiving touchdowns (11, single-season team record). Williams was a finalist for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year and finished second in voting for AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. On defense, seventh-round pick Cody Grimm established himself as the team’s starting free safety, finishing the season with 61 tackles, two passes defensed and two interceptions—one returned for a touchdown—before a late-season injury ended his rookie campaign. DT Gerald McCoy and WR Arrelious Benn also made major contributions to the team before their seasons were cut short due to injury.
In addition to the draft class, Dominik’s exceptional nose for hidden talent also brought rookie C/G Ted Larsen and RB LeGarrette Blount, among others, to Tampa Bay. Larsen, originally a sixth-round by New England in the 2010 draft, started all 11 games in which he played, bolstering an offensive line that featured eight different starting lineups throughout the season. Blount, an undrafted rookie free agent acquired off waivers from Tennessee, became just the second undrafted rookie running back in NFL history to record a 1,000+-yard season when he finished with 1,007 yards, despite starting only seven games, and was nominated for the NFL’s Rookie of the Week award on five occasions.
Dominik’s first ever draft pick in 2009 brought quarterback Josh Freeman to Tampa Bay, where, in his first season as a starter in 2010, the Kansas State product finished the year as the sixth-ranked passer in the league while throwing for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions, ranking him ninth for the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL single-season history.
Dominik was also a major factor in the 2009 trade for Pro Bowl TE Kellen Winslow—who went on to a record-breaking season with the Buccaneers, including single-season franchise records for a tight end in receptions (77) and receiving yards (884)—in addition to key free agent signings such as C Jeff Faine and Pro Bowl T Donald Penn.
Dominik joined the Buccaneers’ staff in June 1995 as a pro personnel assistant. He served in that capacity through the 1997 season, before assuming the title of pro scout in 1998 and coordinator of pro personnel in 2000. Prior to the start of the 2001 season, Dominik began the first of his eight years as Tampa Bay’s Director of Pro Personnel. In 2002, Dominik helped guide the Buccaneers to their first world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII against Oakland.
As Director of Pro Personnel, his duties included overseeing the scouting, recruiting and signing efforts of all NFL players, while also monitoring NFL transactions and overseeing player tryouts. He was also in charge of the Pro Personnel department’s evaluation of players in all other professional football leagues, including the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League, while being responsible for the negotiation and signing of contracts for several free agents and NFL Draft signings.
Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Dominik joined Tampa Bay after spending a year and a half working in both the college and pro personnel departments of the Kansas City Chiefs. Dominik holds a bachelor of science degree in sports management from the University of Kansas.
A proud supporter of the United States military, Dominik is an auxiliary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4321 and sponsored and has participated in a golf tournament at MacDill Air Force Base to aid in the renovation project for Post 4321 headquarters. He has also established a close relationship with the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital where he regularly visits wounded warriors and volunteers with their “Helping Hands” program. During the season, Dominik sponsors “Dominik’s Den,” a ticket program that provided a special game day experience for military servicemen and women.
Dominik is also committed to foster care and adoption awareness, having worked closely with Hillsborough Kids, Inc. while participating in National Adoption Day events. In June 2010 he also served as the spokesman for the Children’s Home Society campaign “Let’s Tackle This” to increase the number of foster parents in Tampa Bay.
In addition, Dominik has been an active contributor to All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of Family First that features NFL coaches, players and alumni who speak out about the importance of fatherhood, giving men the tools they need to make a positive difference in the lives of their children and families. In April 2011, Dominik hosted the annual Buccaneers All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience at Raymond James Stadium, providing an interactive event for family bonding.
As General Manager, Dominik has made numerous other appearances in the Tampa Bay community, including as an annual participant in the “Fashion Funds the Cure” fashion show to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Dominik resides in Tampa with his wife, Amy, their son, Davis, and daughters, Emerson and Avery. Amy is an active member of the Buccaneer Women’s Organization, which hosts charitable functions and community service projects in Tampa Bay throughout the year. The Dominiks support organizations including A Woman’s Place, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), Family First and World Vision.