Harry Costello

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Harry Costello
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Harry Costello (right) with former coach Frank Gargan in 1957
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1891-11-09)November 9, 1891
Meriden, Connecticut
Died August 24, 1968(1968-08-24) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Georgetown University
Playing career
1910–1913 Georgetown
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1915–1916 Detroit
Head coaching record
Overall 4–7–2
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1912)

Harry Joseph Costello (November 9, 1891 – August 24, 1968) was a college football player and coach.

Early years[edit]

The son of Patrick Costello, he was born around 1892.[1]

Georgetown University[edit]

He was an alumnus of Georgetown University, where he has been described as a "legendary quarterback."[2]


Costello was a halfback selected for Outing magazine's "Football Honor List for 1911" picked by coaches from the East and West. The only other southern player on the list was Ray Morrison.


In 1912 Georgetown won the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SAIAA) posting an 8–1 record with its only loss to 1912 Carlisle Indians football team under first-year head coach Frank Gargan. Nathan Stauffer of Collier's Weekly selected Costello as his All-Southern quarterback.[3][4]


He was captain in his final season of 1913.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Costello was the head football at the College of Detroit for the 1915 and 1916 seasons. His coaching record at Detroit was 4–7–2.[5]

In 1957, he was living in Waterford, Virginia. He died in Washington, D.C. in 1968.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b [2]
  3. ^ Spalding's Football Guide. 1913. pp. 25, 65. 
  4. ^ Nathan P. Stauffer. "Collier's All-Southern Football Team". Collier's Weekly. 50: 13. 
  5. ^ DeLassus, David. "Detroit Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ Obituary