It is really great to see the number of former Del Norte High School athletes who have stayed in the community and volunteer their time coaching local youth sports teams.
It seems that every time I see a youth group practicing, there is another former Warrior giving of his or her time. Jason Costello, a 1991 graduate, is another of those special ex-Warriors.
As a Warrior, Jason was an outstanding part of the high school football and basketball programs all four years he was in school. As a freshman he started right out on the JV football team playing for Warrior Hall of Famer Bill Sullivan. As a sophomore he was a big part of the 1988 junior varsity team that went undefeated scoring 256 while giving up 41. This was coach Louis Nova's first year in a head coaching position, which told of good things to come.
During Jason's junior and senior years he was very instrumental in helping both teams have winning seasons. I was Jason’s coach during his junior year and what a treat. He was a young man that would do whatever he could to help the team. He started several games at quarterback, but was his best as a defensive back. As a senior he again played for coach Nova, who was in his first year as the head varsity coach.
When football ended Jason headed for the hardwood, where his athletic skill make him a real asset to those programs. He played with the freshman team his first year for coach Randy Morgan, he moved to the varsity during his junior and senior years and as a senior played for coach Kirk Burrows in what was the start of a string of Warrior basketball championships.
After graduation, Jason went one semester to College of the Redwoods, where he played on season of football. After that he joined the Navy and served from 1992 to 1994. Jason then went to Cabrillo Junior College and then San Jose State University before returning to Crescent City, where he worked for nine years on a crab boat.
During the off-season he became a certified driving instructor, something he does full-time now. I asked him how many of our teenagers he has taught to drive. “Lots,” he said.
Jason is married and he and wife Acacia have two children. Kayla is a freshman athlete at Del Norte and Carter a seventh-grader at Redwood. Jason is now busy helping coach the 11- and 12-year-old Little League Giants.
Jason comes from a great family. Those of us who have been around awhile remember Jason’s dad, Jim Costello, former head football coach and teacher at the high school and his mom, Francis, a long-time Del Norte educator and presently a member of the Del Norte County School Board.
These are fun people and I am glad to be able to call them friends. The whole Costello family is great.