By Matt Schwab
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 11:54 am in Uncategorized.
The funeral for Tony Costello, who died on Sunday after he battled pancreatic cancer, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton.
A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Las Positas College sports complex. Costello was 57.
Costello, a 1974 Amador Valley graduate, was about to enter his eighth season as the men’s basketball coach at Las Positas College in Livermore, but was forced to take a leave of absence earlier this month. Costello was also on leave for most of the 2012-13 season but returned to coach the final four games of the year.
Costello was Las Positas’ first coach after the school introduced a men’s basketball program. His teams went 100-77 in their first six years, reaching the playoffs in the 2007-08, 2010-11, and 2011-12 seasons. The Hawks advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2012.
He also was a successful head coach at Chabot College and Dublin High, and was formerly an assistant under the legendary Skip Mohatt at Amador Valley.