- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 12, 2024
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Wilkes University football experienced one of its’ most successful eras during the early 90’s and Mount Carmel Area’s Jeff Costello was an integral part of that success. In 1993, along with fellow MCA grads, Bob Delbo and Jake Cole, Casty helped the Colonels to a perfect 10-0 season in 1993 and a Middle Atlantic Conference Championship. The undefeated season was the first since 1968 and only the 5th in Wilkes history. Coach Joe DeMelfi and the Colonels advanced into the National Division III playoffs. The following season in 1994, the Colonels tallied a 9 and 2 record, winning the Eastern Atlantic Conference Southern Division Championship.
As a three-year starter at offensive guard, Casty helped pave the way for the Colonels first 1000 yard rusher in Jason Smith. To date, three of the Colonels top ten rushing seasons occurred with Jeff in the offensive line. In 1994, he was a three-time Academic All-MAC performer, as well as, an Academic All American. He graduated in 1995 with Magna Cum Laude accolades and B.S. in Biology.
Casty’s football career began at MCA for Coach Jazz Diminick where he started at guard as a sophomore, at center as a junior, and at center and linebacker as a senior and team co-captain. His 1988 Red Tornadoes went 8-3-1, losing only to AAA State Champion Berwick, AA State Champion Bethlehem Catholic and Southern Division Champion Pottsville. It was the first MCA team to qualify for District play. His 1989 team would lose to eventual State Champion Dunmore by a 14-12 score in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Jeff’s play earned him the Reading Eagle All Anthracite “Lineman of the Year” and Honorable Mention All-State Honors. He was given the Joe Grey Award as MCA’s finest lineman and the Kiwanis Club’s Dr. Joseph Greco Scholar Athlete Award.
Jeff comes from a long line of Red Tornado stars, with his father Joe and brother Joey, recognized as two of the best linebackers ever to play the position at Mount Carmel Area.
Jeff and his wife Kim have three children, Kaedryn, Jack and Jake and make their home in Annville. Jeff is the President of Costello Realty Inc and Black Diamond Energy Consultants Inc.