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Director of Athletics
Rick Costello is in his third 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 16-year veteran of collegiate athletic administration has made a big splash leading 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. In 2014, the Peregrines introduced baseball and softball in addition to the athletic program capturing its first regular-season and tournament championship in 18 years.
As part of Costello’s vision for intercollegiate athletics at Purdue Calumet, the Peregrines have been giving back to the community with programs such as Kids Day, the Hammond Holiday Parade, and the R-Dub Reading and Writing program in Hammond elementary schools.
Costello introduced the department’s Corporate Champions program to increase funding for scholarships, facilities and operations. Thanks to donations from that program and other fundraising initatives, the Academic Excellence Center debuted in Spring 2014 and the Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Center, funded by Community Hospital, was completed in March 2015.
He has also played an integral role in the development of Purdue Calumet’s outdoor sports complex at Dowling Park, the Peregrines’ new home for baseball, soccer, softball and tennis in Spring 2015. Addtionally, Corporate Champions Pepsi (Soccer), Albert’s Jewelers (Baseball), Fifth Third Bank (Softball) and Community Hospital have generously supported Dowling Park in return for naming rights of its fields. McDonald’s, Purdue Calumet’s newest Corporate Champion, has provided the park’s scoreboards.
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.
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