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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | August 29, 2007
What a difference three weeks makes. That was the valuable lesson Costa Mesa High football coach Jeremy Osso learned last season, when his football team was dragging its collective heels in the preseason. Every summer, high school football teams must take a CIF-sanctioned three-week break, but the decision when to take it is at the coaches? discretion. Osso, Costa Mesa?s fourth football coach in as many seasons, had elected for Costa Mesa to take its break at the end of July, and by the time preseason football rolled around, he found that his charges had forgotten half the playbook.
By Dave Thorpe | August 30, 2006
The Costa Mesa High football team has its fourth coach in four years and prepares to run its third offense in two years. Stability hasn't been a word that you'd associate with Costa Mesa football the last two years. Neither, for the most part, is competitive. But 29-year-old former assistant coach Jeremy Osso is trying to right the ship. The Mustangs have not been to the playoffs since 2002 and have not won a playoff game since 1997. Costa Mesa is coming off back-to-back seasons of 3-7 (including a loss to Laguna Beach that became a forfeit win)
June 9, 2008
Alfonso Giovanni Osso died in his home on June 5, 2008. During the final days of his life he was surrounded by his family in a loving and caring environment. He will be greatly missed by his family, relatives and friends. Alfonso was born on March 4, 1919 in San Lucido (Calabria), Italy to Michele and Caterina Osso. He would be the second of three children. At the age of 17, he left Italy to America and arrived in New York. Alfonso is a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army from January 1943 to November 1945.
By SORAYA McDONALD | October 1, 2007
Costa Mesa High football coach Jeremy Osso cruises the Internet, and he’s no stranger to the Daily Pilot website and the criticism that has been tossed his way on the site’s comments section. But Osso, now in his second year coach for the Mustangs, said he’s not feeling the heat just yet, even though the Mustangs’ last loss to Santiago means the football team is now 0-5. “There’s not a harsher critic on me than me,” Osso said.
May 30, 2006
Jeremy Osso had been planning to come back to Costa Mesa High as an assistant football coach. As it turned out, he hadn't been aiming high enough. Osso will return to the Mustangs sideline as their new head coach. The Estancia High graduate was an assistant at Costa Mesa from 2001 to '03, serving two seasons as offensive coordinator. He replaces Jay Johnston, who resigned April 21 after one season, citing a lack of teaching positions on campus. Costa Mesa Boys' Athletic Director Tim Postiff confirmed the hiring of Osso, a walk-on.
By Dave Thorpe | August 14, 2006
Jeremy Osso sits in a near-empty room next to the Costa Mesa High boys' locker room. It's the first week of August, about 10 days before he can conduct practices as the Costa Mesa football team's new head man. His youngest daughter, Nessa, who turns 5 in September, keeps running in with something she has to tell her father, pressing herself against his leg, vying for his attention. His oldest daughter, Laexis, 6, comes in to retrieve Nessa. Laexis understands better that it's going to be just a little while before they can have dad's undivided attention.
By Matt Szabo | September 1, 2006
After finishing 2-8 last season, the Costa Mesa High football team hopes for a new beginning this season. What the Mustangs appear to have in their opener is a good test, as Costa Mesa plays Savanna tonight at 7 at La Palma Park in Anaheim. First-year Mustangs Coach Jeremy Osso said Savanna will likely run a 50 defensive scheme, with five defensive linemen and two linebackers, to try to thwart senior running backs D.J. Lepper and Asa Hawks, who will run out of the Mustangs' I-formation.
By Steve Virgen, | June 1, 2011
Jeremy Osso has been fired as football coach at Costa Mesa High, he said Wednesday night. Prinicipal Phil D'Agostino said he has decided for the school to go in a different direction. Wally Grant, a Costa Mesa alumnus who was the defensive coordinator last season, will be the football team's interim coach, D'Agostino said. Osso said he was removed because he did not have a teaching credential. "I just don't think I was Phil's guy," Osso said. "That's OK he's the principal and he makes the decisions.
By Steve Virgen, | July 7, 2011
Jeremy Osso, the former Costa Mesa High football coach, will work as the offensive line coach at University High, he said Wednesday. Osso went 20-33 with two league titles in five seasons before being fired as coach at Costa Mesa last month. Costa Mesa Principal Phil D'Agostino said he wanted the school to go in a different direction. Osso said he was removed because he didn't have a teaching credential. Wally Grant, a former assistant at Tustin and Mesa, took over as the interim coach.
June 2, 2011
Five years ago I was offered a chance to take on my dream job as the head football coach at Costa Mesa High School. I took over a program that had just come off back-to-back 1-9 seasons and had seen four coaches in as many years. I once heard a radio personality talking about a college team that was in the same situation, refer to this as a, "program-killer. " And, while there were tough bumps on the way to reviving the program, I'm happy to say that Costa Mesa Football is no longer dead.
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