Friday, October 01, 2021

Bill Daskarolis memorial info

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Bill Daskarolis. Affectionately referred to as 'Dasko' , Bill started teaching at Aragon in 1963 and retired from teaching in 1997. He served as athletic director from 1971 until 1996 and was head track and cross country coach until 2017, 20 years after retiring from teaching. Dasko is in the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame, the Crystal Spring Course Hall of Fame, the Aragon Hall of Fame and was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the California Association of Coaches. He also received the Central Coast Section's prestigious Distinguished Service Award. In 2014, our track was officially named the Bill Daskarolis track.

Dasko took great pride in his relationships with faculty members across all departments and was masterful at working with the different principals at Aragon. He, along with Ron Bolin, George Wilcox, Eddie Diaz, and Gene Gordon established one of the best PE and Athletic Departments in the Bay Area and state. Needless to say, he was the single biggest influence of my career as an athletic director. I also had the pleasure of coaching track with Bill for over 10 years.

On a personal level, I considered Bill a dear, dear friend and cherished the countless conversations and stories we shared (4 hour track meets allow for a lot of conversations) . I am only one of many who have a lot of love and respect for Dasko. Aragon has indeed lost another icon- perhaps it's largest.

 

 Steve Sell also posted the following in an email:

 

The service for Bill Daskarolis will be on Saturday, October 23rd at 11 am at Bill Daskraolis Track at Aragon. We are asking people who will be attending to fill out this form so we have an indication of how many people will be there.

 In case you missed it, the San Mateo Daily Journal did a nice job of recognizing "Dasko". https://www.smdailyjournal.com/sports/local/aragon-icon-bill-daskarolis-dies-at-83/article_511bd42e-2037-11ec-8606-037fde40aa55.html

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Daskarolis family.  Please feel free to share this with your colleagues.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

My sincere condolences to the Daskarolis family and friends. "Dasko" was an incredible role model and mentor to many athletes for many years. I personally was fortunate to be among those who were influenced by his knowledge, generosity, and friendship. I consider Bill to be one of my greatest supporters throughout my running career alongside Don Dooley of San Mateo High School and Bob Rush of College of San Mateo.

He will be dearly missed.

Matt Giusto
SMHS- Class of 1984

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