"We had three goals to start the season - to win the Sunshine State Conference title, win the regional and win the national title," Dominguez told The Ledger.
Dominguez' team fell short of the national title, coming in sixth in that world series. Dominguez' own goals soon changed.
The next year, he made the jump from college to the pros. His pro career has lasted more than two decades, Dominguez working to fulfill the ultimate goal of getting his players on to the majors.
Dominguez arrived at the University of Tampa as head coach in 1985, continuing there until 1988. His overall record came in 141-69-1.
Dominguez started coaching with the Yankees in the rookie Gulf Coast League. he moved to short-season Oneonta in 1990. Before the decade was out, Dominguez had at least five more seasons in the GCL.
In 1998, Dominguez watched over a young Dominican named Ricardo Aramboles. Aramboles gave up three earned in four innings in his GCL debut.
"I wouldn't call it a bad outing," Dominguez told The Orlando Sentinel after that game. "For his potential, I would say it was fair. He wasn't pleased, but it wasn't like somebody shot his dog."
Dominguez moved up to coach at AA Norwich in 2000. He then moved to the White Sox and single-A Kannapolis for 2001. He continued coaching in the minors. He's most recently credited as coaching in the Brewers system in 2013.
- Lakeland Ledger, May 17, 1987: Tampa bids to take over Mocs' dynasty
- Orlando Sentinel, July 26, 1988: Yanks Tap Another Gold Mine
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,140
Made the Majors: 921-43.0%
Never Made Majors:1,219-57.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 391
10+ Seasons in the Minors:230