By Dick Trone
Last week I wrote a column about the Humboldt State versus San Francisco State football game played in 1961, a game that had eight ex-Warriors playing, four for the Jacks and four for the Gators. A game that Jim Costello attended while still in junior high school.
I wonder, as he watched, did he in his wildest dreams picture himself someday patrolling the Warrior sidelines as the head football coach for Del Norte High School. Or maybe even a greater dream of someday wearing a Lumberjack uniform and being the Jacks quarterback in what was probably the greatest game in Humboldt state's football history. Both of these events did come true.
Jim went to St. Bernard's High School in Eureka where he became a standout quarterback. After graduation from high school, he attended Shasta Junior College in Redding, where he again demonstrated his outstanding skills as a quarterback. After graduating from Shasta, Jim put on the green and Gold of the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. He became the starting quarterback for the Jacks, and in 1968 when Humboldt State took the field against Fresno State in the Camellia Bowl. With the national championship on the line, the man under center that directed Humboldt to victory was Jim Costillo.
In recognition for his outstanding achievements at both Shasta and Humboldt he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at both institutions.
After college graduation, Jim went on to a teaching and coaching career. His first football coaching job was at St. Bernard's High School where he worked with Carl Del Grande. After two years at St. Bernard's, he took a two year vacation working for Uncle Sam. When he got out of the service, he coached one year at Dos Palos. From Dos Palos he went to Clearlake Union High School in Lakeport. This is of special interest to me as Clearlake Union where my father coached for five years before we came to Crescent City.
After a year at Lakeport Jim took over the head football position for the Warriors. He patrolled the Warrior sidelines from the 1974 through the 1978 seasons. Jim continued his teaching career at Del Norte teaching driver training and physical education. After retiring from teaching he has run a driving training school and continues to teach young drivers to drive.
Jim is a very modest, humble person and when asked about his quarterbacking you will hear all about the great talent around him that made him look good. Don't be fooled those of us that have coached football for a long time know, good teams have a good quarterback and the 1968 Lumberjacks were a very good team.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring. Currently, he is head coach of the Wild Rivers Storm semi-pro football team.