Services set for Tony Costello
Services have been set for Coach Tony Costello. The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton. On Saturday, Aug. 31, a Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m. in the Las Positas College Sports Complex.
St. Augustine is located at 3999 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton. Click to view map.
To get to the LPC Sports Complex from I-580 heading east, take the Isabel Ave. exit, turn left (crossing over 580), and proceed directly to the gym. From I-580 heading west, take the Isabel Ave. exit, turn right, and proceed directly to the gym. The Sports Complex is Building 2500. Click to view map of the college.
In Memoriam: Tony Costello
Las Positas College, its Athletics Department and its men's basketball program grieve the loss of Coach Tony Costello, who passed away Sunday at the age of 57.
Coach Costello, who presided over the men's basketball program since its inception in 2005, waged a courageous year-long battle against pancreatic cancer. Our hearts go out to the entire Costello family and all of the close friends of Coach Costello.
During his coaching and teaching career, which spanned over 30 years, Coach Costello was a positive influence in the lives of all who knew him -- players, students, co-workers, fellow coaches, referees, and many others.
“Coach Costello taught me to push myself beyond my comfort zone," said former player Jarred Jourdan (2011-12), who is now playing at Cal State East Bay. "He challenged me to be a leader. I grew as a person in my last year at Las Positas.”
After spending the 2005-06 year building the LPC program, Coach Costello's Hawks took the floor for the first time on Nov. 7, 2006, in front of a capacity crowd in LPC's new gymnasium. The result was a resounding victory over College of Marin.
The Hawks went on to win 100 more games over the next 6-plus years under Coach Costello and went to the playoffs after the 2007-08, 2010-11, and 2011-12 seasons. He took a leave of absence during 2012-13 while undergoing treatment for cancer, but returned for his team's final four games. His overall record at LPC was 101-80.
Perhaps Coach Costello's crowning acheivement at LPC came in his final full season as head coach, guiding the Hawks to a 22-8 record in 2011-12 and leading them to a berth in the Sweet Sixteen of the state playoffs.
That 22-8 record was the Hawks' best ever, and their 7-5 mark in the Coast Conference North Division was their best conference record ever. For the first time, the Hawks finished above .500 in conference, and their 3rd-place finish was their highest to date.
They earned the #7 seed in the Northern California Regional Playoffs, their highest seed ever, which gave them their first home playoff game, a 71-67 overtime victory against Sierra College.
Coach Costello's legacy at LPC includes 4 of his players transferring to Division I programs and 10 others to Division II, III or NAIA.
“Coach Costello and I had a good player-coach relationship. He believed in my playing abilities and work ethic," said Ryan Hebebrand (2009-11), who is now playing at Cal State East Bay. "Plus, he helped me be more selfish. Selfish -- meaning that I was so unselfish at times, that it would affect the team in a negative way. So he helped build confidence in myself. I appreciate everything that Coach Costello has shown me, and I will continue to use what I’ve learned in my future.”
Dwight Abad (2009-11), who transferred to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, on a full scholarship, says that he is now living his dream as a result of playing at LPC for Coach Costello.
"Coach was a big influence," said Abad. "He gave me a chance to showcase my talent. He gave me a chance to play.”
Prior to coming to LPC, Coach Costello coached for 17 years at sister college Chabot with 14 of those years spent as head coach. While at Chabot, his teams qualified for the regional playoffs 12 times, won two conference championships (2003 and 2005), went to the State Final 8 in 2002 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1997.
His overall record at Chabot was 250-179. Fifteen of his Chabot players went on to play Division I and another 33 at Division II or NAIA. He was also named Coach of the Year twice.
His 1997 team also won the State Scholar Team Award with an overall team Grade Point Average of 3.3. Coach Costello was president of the California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Association from 2003-05.
Coach Costello's basketball roots were here in the Tri-Valley. A 1974 graduate of Amador Valley High, he played for legendary basketball coach Skip Mohatt. After assisting at Amador, he was named head coach at Dublin High School in 1981. He coached there for six years, making the EBAL playoffs 4 times and reaching the NCS semi-finals in 1983.
Coach Costello leaves behind his wife, Liane, and children Kelsey, Aaron, Becca, and Kyle. He is the son of Anthony and Joan Costello of Pleasanton.
In his final weeks, Coach Costello was surrounded by the love and support of his seven siblings and scores of extended family and friends.
The Costello family thanks all of the well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a scholarship for LPC athletes through the LPC Foundation. Checks can be made to “LPC Foundation”, making sure a notation of “Coach Costello Scholarship” is on the memo line and mailed to the college at 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore CA 94551.
Welcome to our website
Official Athletic Website for Las Positas College.
Welcome to Las Positas College Athletics.
As the Athletic Director, I would like to express how extremely proud I am to offer student-athletes an experienced and enthusiastic coaching staff, as well as superior athletic facilities. This includes an Aquatics Center, All-weather Turf Soccer Field, and a All-weather Track and Multi-use Field.
Our athletic program has been developed to meet the needs of our students by creating experiences that build their capacity, speak to their potential, and transforms their lives. We added Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving in Spring 2011 and will continue to add new athletic programs.
We hope this web site will provide you with all the information that you may need about our athletic program. Please contact us if you have further questions, or have suggestions on what other information you might find helpful.
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