Friday, October 19, 2012

Sad news to report

From the Las Positas Men's Basketball site:
Farris takes over as interim head coach

Assistant coach Ward Farris has been named interim head coach for the Hawks during the 2012-13 season.

Head coach Tony Costello, the Hawks' only head coach since the program was established in 2006, is taking a medical leave of absence. In early July, Costello was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer before undergoing surgery in early August. He will need to continue chemotherapy treatments for the next 6 months.

Farris, a former head coach of the Tri-Valley Titans of the International Basketball League, has been an assistant coach for LPC the past two seasons. Farris was a standout player at San Jose State, where he played guard in the mid-1980s. He will be assisted by Toby Merchant, who is in his second season at LPC.

"I feel real comfortable handing the reigns to Ward," Costello said. "He has definitely shown a capability of coaching at this level. I think the players really enjoy playing for him. I'm real comfortable with Ward and Toby in charge."
Let's all offer our wishes for Coach Costello to be back in the coaching box soon.

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