Tony Costello, the inaugural Las Positas College men’s basketball coach who died in August from pancreatic cancer, was honored at his old stomping grounds.
Chabot College, where Costello coached for 16 years before taking over the Las Positas program, was inducted into the school’s hall of fame posthumously. Costello’s family accepted the plaque at halftime of the men’s game.
Costello’s brother Tom shared a story with the attendees. He said once in the middle of practice, a mother and her child walked in. They were lost and looking for a class on the other side of campus. Costello, his brother recalled, stopped the practice and, since it was dark, walked them to the classroom. He came back in and started practice like nothing had ever happened.
“He affected the lives around him in so many positive ways,” Tom Costello said.
The proceeds from the game, which were $1570 according to the Chabot College’s Athletic Director Jeff Drouin , went to the scholarship in Costelloʼs name at LPC.
A committee will meet at LPC next week to draft a resolution to bring before the Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board of Trustees to name the court after the late coach.