Menendez steps down as Howland’s head football coach

By Steve Ruman

At least four Trumbull County high school football programs will have new leaders in 2018.

Dom Menendez on Friday informed players and administration at Howland High School of his intentions to step down as the Tigers head coach.

Menendez resigned following a five-year stint which included a 30-21 record. The Tigers advanced to the playoffs once during Menendez’s tenure.

Champion recently hired Tim McGlynn to replace Nick Wagner. Newton Falls and Niles are in the midst of replacing Josh Franke and Brian Shaner, respectively.

“It was with deep regret that we received the resignation of Head Football Coach Dominic Menendez,” said Andrea Ferenac, Howland activities director. “Coach Menendez has been a staple with the football program for 20 years, serving the last [five] as our head coach.

“His impact transcended the football field. It was not just about creating better football players but developing young men.”

Prior to being elevated to the head coaching role, Menendez served as an assistant at Howland for 15 years under Dick Angle. When Angle resigned in March 2013, he recommended Menendez as his replacement.

Rick Radich served under Menendez for the past four years. Radich was the Howland freshman coach in 2014 and 2015, then served on the varsity staff the past two seasons.

Radich said that Howland is losing “an incredibly dedicated coach,” adding that Menendez was always there for the players, both on and off the field.

“Dom is a tremendously hard-worker, he had his hands on every aspect of the football program,” Radich said. “Whether it was offense, defense or special teams, he would jump in and help handle every little detail. The kids loved him, they really admired and respected his work ethic.

“Dom knew what was going on in the school, he kept on top of his players. He was very hands-on. I’m sure Howland will find someone and move forward, but this is a big loss.”

Menendez went 4-6 in his first year. However, the Tigers have since reeled off four straight winning seasons, including seven-win seasons in 2014 and 2016.

In 2016, the Tigers advanced to the playoffs, where they fell to eventual Division III state champion Akron Hoban.

This fall, Howland went 6-4. The Tigers won five of their final six games.

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