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
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
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
These are fun people and I am glad to be able to call them friends. The whole Costello family is great.