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Rick Costello
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Rick Costello
Director of Athletics

Rick Costello is in his second year as Purdue University Calumet’s Director of Athletics, after becoming the fifth athletic director in school history in 2012. Costello oversees all aspects of the Peregrines’ intercollegiate athletic program that currently sponsors 12 varsity sports with over 200 student-athletes.

The 15-year veteran of collegiate athletic administration made a big splash in his first year at the helm of the Black and Gold’s athletic program. Under his watch, the Peregrines had the highest student-athlete participation in program history, a record number of teams qualify for postseason play and set bench marks in NAIA Scholar Team, NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-CCAC selections.

Costello introduced the department’s Corporate Champions program to help increase scholar budgets and provide additional services for student-athletes. Thanks to donations from that program and other fundraising initatives, the Purdue Calumet Student-Athlete Excellence Center is scheduled to debut this fall.

He has also played an integral role in the development of Purdue Calumet’s outdoor sports complex at Dowling Park, which is scheduled to house the playing facilities for baseball, soccer, softball and tennis starting in Summer 2014.

Costello offers more than a decade of NCAA Division I administrative experience. He comes to Purdue Calumet from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as the Director of Athletics. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Costello directed an 80 percent increase in men’s basketball season ticket sales. He also negotiated the largest corporate partnership and largest major gift in UWM athletic history, while developing a fundraising strategy for scholarships, facilities and endowments. Additionally under his direction, the student-athlete graduation rate improved to 82 percent, and UWM claimed 10 team championships en route to the 2012 McCafferty Trophy, which is awarded to the Horizon League’s top athletic program.

Prior to his time at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he served as Deputy Director of Athletics at Rutgers University, Director of Athletics at Delaware State University, Associate Athletic Director at the University of South Florida and Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations at San Jose State (Calif.) University. He also served as men’s assistant basketball coach at Lehigh (Pa.) University during the early 1990s.

He holds a baccalaureate degree in accounting from Muhlenberg (Pa.) College and a Master in Business Administration from Lehigh.

Costello and his wife, Amy, reside in Crown Point and are the parents of four children, Kelsea, Lauren, Ryan and Lindsey.

Administrative Staff
Rick Costello
Director of Athletics
Nicole Watkins
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, Marketing and Event Management
Aaron Thompson
Director of Development
John Friend
Athletics Consultant
Matt Dudzik
Asst. A.D. for Facilities and Recreational Sports
Janet Hero
Administrative Assistant, Health Recreation and Sports
Sarah Belford
Athletics Secretary
Lee Artz
Faculty Athletic Representative
Jen Madgiak
Academic Support Coordinator