Nate Costa to join Ducks football staff as graduate assistant

Nate Costa to join Ducks football staff as graduate assistant
February 27, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Nate Costa Announces He Will Coach at Oregon

The Oregon Ducks Wednesday named former UO quarterback and Comcast SportsNet analyst Nate Costa a graduate assistant coach.

Costa, whose college career was limited by knee injuries, will work with quarterbacks, receivers and other skill-position players. Most of all, though, he'll be doing what almost all graduate assistant coaches do:

"I'll be doing a lot of the stuff the assistant coaches don't want to do," Costa said with a smile. "A lot of film study, breaking down the film and data entry."

Costa came to Oregon as an option quarterback out of Hilmar, Calif., who received all-state honors three consecutive seasons. As a freshman in 2006 he played in two games. He suffered torn knee ligaments and did not play in his second season on campus. In 2008 he was named the starting quarterback but prior to the season he suffered another knee injury and missed another season. He was able to come back and play parts of two more seasons before yet another serious knee injury ended his career in November of 2010.

He was twice named to the conference's all-academic team and was voted the team's Most Inspirational Player in 2010.

His chosen career after college was law enforcement and he was hired by the Springfield Police Department in July of 2011. But he was forced to retire just two months later.

"I put a lot of time and effort toward a career in law enforcement," Costa said. "But I got into that to chase the bad guys and my knees just wouldn't hold up. I could tell that almost right away. And I didn't want to be tied to a desk job."

So Costa left the force and became a regular on Comcast SportsNet's "Talkin' Ducks," with occasional appearances on "Talkin' Ball." He was also involved in individual coaching and camps with young players.

"It's been a long road to what I want to do," Costa said. "I loved the TV work, but I missed the competition factor. And I really like watching young players develop and improve. I'm so excited about this opportunity to get into coaching."