Castello steps down at DLS

Less than a month after completing a tremendous turnaround season, De La Salle High baseball coach Matt Castello has stepped down to spend more time with his family.

“I told them I’d give it a year and get the program back to where they thought it needed to be,” said Castello, who praised the players and parents for making the season a success. “You miss a lot of family stuff. I was missing some things that you only get one shot at.”

De La Salle went 20-8 this season, reaching the North Coast Section Division I championship game. The Spartans lost 1-0 to James Logan, but reached the title game just one year after going 9-15 and finshing tied for last in the East Bay Athletic League.

Castello rejoined the Spartans for the 2011 season, taking over for the retiring Rick Steen. Castello previously coached De La Salle from 2000-03. He is a graduate of De La Salle and a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. He will remain a teacher at De La Salle, where he has served as either a coach or teacher for 19 years.

Athletic director Leo Lopoz said that the school will begin its search for a replacement immediately.

Ben Enos