Larry Mendez is a native of Smyer, Texas, just west of Lubbock. He attended Angelo State University in San Angelo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in kinesiology in 2001. He went on to earn a master’s degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2003.
Mendez played basketball at ASU as a point guard. He went on to become a student coach. He was a graduate student basketball coach at TAMUK before beginning his professional coaching career at Lincoln University in Missouri for three years; Moberley Area Community College in Missouri for two years and at Howard College in Big Spring for a year. He was assistant basketball coach at South Plains for a year before launching his season at Coastal Bend College. He is starting his second season leading the Cougars.