Tony Costello funeral services in Pleasanton

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.

Matt Schwab

  • Junior

    Sad news. Every interaction i had with Coach Costello was great. He was generous with his knowledge- he never said no to me and took time to answer my questions.

    Very nice man, sorry to see him go.

  • Prep Fan

    Tony was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  • Matt

    Coach would always come over and thank me for coming to the Chabot games. He was a great coach and class act. The East Bay hoops scene lost a good one.

  • M.Pinkard

    Coach Castello was a man of character. He was instrumental in making my son the man he is today and I am so grateful. My son was one of his division I players.
    The world of athletics was a better place because of him. May he enter the gates of heaven and be at peace.