Dominic Menendez saw how his father, Manuel, mentored him in the intricacies of football.
"Coaching has been a passion of mine," Menendez said. "It started with my dad. My dad coached me. It's always been something I wanted to do."
Monday, the Howland Board of Education made his dream come true as he'll succeed retired coach Dick Angle as the Tigers' football coach.
"It was a logical choice with the success of the program that we've had since Dick has been there. Dominic has been huge part of it," Howland Athletic Director Ron McCleary said.
The 35-year-old 1996 Ursuline High School graduate played under Angle, who was the Irish coach prior to coming to Howland in 1998.
After spending one year as an Ursuline assistant under Scott Niedzwieck, Menendez joined his former coach at Howland, where he spent the last 15 years.
Menendez, who played center, guard and inside linebacker at Ursuline, coached anywhere from defense to offense to special teams for the Tigers.
He's taking over for Angle, who won eight conference championships and posted a 108-56 record at Howland.
"I want to try to get our program to the next level, make a nice, deep run into the playoffs, keep the success going year in and year out," Menendez said. "I would like to raise our standards of high school football, make sure our guys are going to graduate, and make sure they're good people and everything that goes into a successful program that coach Angle started 15 years ago."
And, coming to Howland almost didn't happen. Menendez was offered an assistant coaching job at the University of Akron when he was offered his teaching job in Howland school system on the same day.
"Looking back, I have no regrets," he said.