Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Not many high school football teams have the stability at the head coaching position that Mineola has. For the past 27 seasons, the Mustangs have counted on Dan Guido to lead them to victory.
Born and raised in Mineola, Guido and his whole family are very much a part of the tradition of the town and of the high school’s success. Guido’s son was a member of the football team 10 years ago. Even his daughter played a tremendous role, earning her peers’ vote for “Best Athlete” her senior year.
While his son went on to begin his own business, his daughter was a standout volleyball and softball player at NYIT. She went on to become a coach for the volleyball team.
Guido was a three-sport athlete during his Mineola playing days. Along with starring on the gridiron, he was a member of the lacrosse and wrestling teams. He continued his athletic career at SUNY Brockport.
He began his coaching career with Mineola in wrestling, becoming football coach after seven years. His tenure has seen many star players come and go, including current coach Helms Bohringer, who played baseball at Adelphi University and was the 37th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1989.
Despite doing an extraordinary job, there are challenges in the way of Guido.
“The most pressing challenge is continuously having some of the most talented athletes in the Mineola area move to Catholic schools,” Guido said. “While many public schools deal with this dilemma, Chaminade High School is just minutes away, and parents often feel that their child is more suited to play in the more challenging CHSFL (Catholic High School Football League).” While [Catholic school football] does offer a higher level of competition, Guido says a player can become lost in a roster that features a number of elite athletes.
Guido has seen his players continue their football careers in college, notably Kerry Williams who went on to play for Divison-IAA Hofstra a few years ago. This year’s team features a couple of potential collegiate athletes.
“Anthony Caruso is a guy that can play at the next level, most likely Division-II or III,” Guido said. “Caruso is a tremendously athletic offensive lineman that will be paving running lanes for a backfield that features James Gerstner, Ryan Eccher and Kyle Dunleavy.”
That is not to overlook senior Vinny Bienick, a dual threat quarterback with a 6-foot-2, 190 pound frame. Bienick was an All-County player last season and Guido is confident in his squad, looking to return to the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons.