Andrew Joseph Locatelli, 82, a long time resident of San Jose passed away peacefully on April 16th. "Andy" was born in Santa Cruz, California to Italian immigrant parents Abraham Locatelli and Margherita Zanardi. He graduated from Boulder Creek High School in 1952. He went on to attend San Jose State University where he earned both Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Education and lettered in varsity basketball. He joined the military in the mid 50’s where he worked special services and was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
Andy had a passion for basketball as both a player and coach. He coached many local teams and was admired and respected in the community. He was the first basketball coach at Saint Francis High School, Mt. View in 1959. He went on to coach at Willow Glen High School where he led the championship basketball team of 1968-1969 with an undefeated record of 27-0. They were called the "Team of Destiny" and became Nor. Cal and CCS Champions. In 1969 he accepted the head coaching position at Santa Barbara Community College, returning to the Bay Area after one year. In 1970 he started coaching at the University of Santa Clara where he spent the next 30 years in several differentpositions: Assistant Basketball Coach to Carroll Williams, Facilities Director and Director of Intramural Programs and Club Sports where he retired in 2000. He was also a co-founder of the Santa Clara Boys Basketball Camp.
Andy will always be remembered with a larger than life personality and contagious smile. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, doing yard work and playing golf. In his later years he found joy working in the cart barn at Stanford Golf Course and watching his grandson AJ’s sporting events.
He is predeceased by his parents Abraham Locatelli and Margherita Zanardi: sisters Marie Locatelli Hughes , Emily Locatelli Cress and twin sister Gloria that died as a baby.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lois Stermer Locatelli.
He is lovingly remembered by sons Mark J. Locatelli, and Tom R. Locatelli, daughter in law Monica J. Locatelli, grandchildren Shaye N. Locatelli, Payton J. Locatelli , Andrew J. Locatelli , nephews James A. Hughes, David A. Hughes, Andrew J. Hughes, niece Janet M. Hughes and extended family and friends who will all miss his genuine and enthusiastic energy for life.