Meet the Coaches
Tony Lucca (Assistant Professor)Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance - Athletics
Head Coach Tony Lucca-First pitch strikes, moving runners over, playing catch. Doing all the little things that make a difference. Team first. That’s the rock-solid baseball philosophy Coach Tony Lucca teaches from the first workout of fall practice to the last out of the season. “We’re going to play a baseball version of the ‘full-court press,’ put pressure on teams as much as we can,” says Lucca. “It’s up tempo, high speed, and a fun way to play the game.” Lucca knows first-hand the virtues of this brand of baseball, playing ball in Mike Garcia’s at Cañada in the mid-90s, when the Colts won the Coast Conference Championship. In 1995, Tony led the state in RBI (he still holds the record for single-season batting average at .458) and was named All American in 1996. Following his time at Cañada, he received a scholarship to Oklahoma State University, where he received 2nd Team All Big 12 honors. In 1998, he signed with the Florida Marlins, played three years in the organization and in 1999, he was named MVP of the Class A Affiliate Utica Blue Sox. He began his coaching career in 2001 at Cañada College, assisting then-coach Mike Garcia.
TONY LUCCA (HEAD COACH)
GABE COSTELLO (ASSISTANT COACH-CATCHERS/BENCH)
Coach Lucca’s South San Francisco roots are shared by his new lieutenant, Coach Gabe Costello. Costello enters his first season on the Canada coaching staff, with the catcher and bench duties all under his purvey. “He is a great catching coach, he keeps us focused, and more importantly, he keeps us loos—he’s pretty funny,” says sophomore catcher Dan Camou. Coach Costello played his youth baseball in the fog, enshrouded in the hills of “South City” and his high school baseball for the legendary Bob Brian at South San Francisco High. It’s there where he Coach Lucca teamed up to win a two league championship as well as All-League honors. Costello went on to play at Skyline College, earning All-Coast Conference and MVP honors. After his playing days, Coach Costello returned to South San Francisco, taking over the JV baseball team for the next three years. He was the associate head baseball coach under Coach Brian, the following year helping the squad win a league championship. Costello also currently coaches with various youth organizations throughout the San Francisco Peninsula