In his most recent visit to Coastal Bend College (CBC), Former Bee County College Baseball Player and Hall of Fame Texas High School Baseball Coach, Steve Castillo introduced himself to current CBC Student Athletes on the eve of his Induction into the Beeville Hall of Fame.
Castillo shared stories and life lessons about his playing career while at Bee County College and while attending and playing baseball for Pan American University and gave words of wisdom and encouragement in order to not only succeed in life but excel.
"Education is the way to go, everyone can't play sports forever." Castillo said. "Put God first, family second, and education/job next" added Castillo.
Castillo played baseball at Bee County College in the 1970s before going on to a legendary career as a high school baseball coach in the Corpus Christi area. Castillo, after serving for the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict, played two seasons at Bee County College before moving on to Pan American University, where he graduated in 1976.
In 1979, he landed in Corpus Christi as the head baseball coach at Moody, where he would lead the Trojans to the state tournament five times, including three state runner-up finishes.
In addition, he also coached the Trojan football team to district championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Castillo's coaching career at Moody continued through the 2001 season before being tasked to establish the athletic program at John Paul II High School.
At John Paul II, he led the Centurions to the TAPPS state tournament three times, winning back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012.
In his combined 30 years as a head baseball coach, Castillo won 717 games and 18 district championships. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Corpus Christi Hooks. He was inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2016, and most recently inducted into the Beeville Sports Hall of Fame in September 2017.
Excerpt from the Beeville Bee-Picayune; Sports Editor, Kevin Keller