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Administrative Staff
Rick Costello
Director of Athletics
John Friend
Director of Athletics Emeritus
Jennifer Madgiak
Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services, Senior Woman's Administrator
Tom Albano
Associate Athletic Director for Compliance
Rob Huizenga
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, Marketing & Event Management
Robyn Drummond
Development Officer
Matt Dudzik
Asst. A.D. for Facilities and Recreational Sports (Hammond Campus)
Shane Prance
Assistant A.D. for Facilities and Recreational Sports (Westville Campus)
Natalie Miller
Business Manager
Jan VanDeel
Accounts Coordinator
Rhonda Lanfear
Athletics Secretary
Sarah Belford
Athletics Secretary
Lee Artz
Faculty Athletic Representative
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Rick Costello

Rick Costello

Director of Athletics

Phone (219) 989-2540

In 2017-18, Rick Costello enters his sixth year as Purdue University Northwest’s Director of Athletics. Costello oversees all aspects of the Pride intercollegiate athletic, fitness and intramural programs.

“Since he arrived in 2012, Rick has inspired academic and athletic success and ignited a new spirit surrounding Pride athletics,” Purdue Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “He has been an effective, tireless leader of our 13-sport, 200 student-athlete program, and he led PNW’s NCAA Division II membership quest. He has brought new life, energy and interest to Purdue Northwest athletics on and off our campus.”

The 15-year veteran of collegiate athletic administration has made a big splash leading the Black and Gold’s athletic program with a list of achievements such as:

  • PNW has celebrated academic excellence resulting in numerous NAIA Scholar Team, NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-CCAC selections.
  • PNW has celebrated the first four CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans in program history.
  • The transformation of the athletic program from NAIA to NCAA membership. In January 2016, the Pride became members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In July 2016, the Pride completed the unification of the athletic program (as a result of the university merger between Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central). In September 2016, the Pride became NCAA Division II provisional members. The unification of the athletic program and transition to NCAA was a historic first in intercollegiate athletics.
  • The Pride had the highest student-athlete participation in program history and expanded sports, introducing Baseball and Softball in 2014 and Women’s Golf in 2016.
  • The Pride Women’s Basketball program in 2013-14 captured PNW’s first regular-season and tournament championship in 18 years.
  • PNW has celebrated athletic excellence resulting in NAIA National postseason qualifiers in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s soccer.
  • As part of the vision to engage the community, the Pride have given back with events such as the Fall Sports Festival, Kids Day, the Hammond Holiday Parade, and the R-Dub Reading and Writing program in local schools.
  • Costello played an integral role in the development of Purdue Northwest’s outdoor sports complex at Dowling Park, PNW’s home for baseball, soccer, softball and tennis, which opened in Spring 2015. Costello led the utilization of the Dworkin Center, PNW’s newest facility, for women’s volleyball and women’s and men’s basketball.
  • Introduced the Corporate Champions program to increase funding for the athletic program, including Corporate Champions Pepsi (Soccer), Albert’s Jewelers (Baseball), Fifth Third Bank (Softball) and Community Hospital (Tennis) and McDonald’s (Scoreboards), which have generously supported Dowling Park.
  • Developed the Paul K. and Barbara Graegin Academic Excellence Center in Spring 2014, a state of the art learning center for Pride student athletes. In addition, Costello engineered the Community Hospital Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Center in Spring 2015, a state of the art center for over 200 student athletes.

Costello serves on the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics expansion committee, has served as Chair of the CCAC Men’s Basketball Committee and as a member of the CCAC Compliance Eligibility Committee. Costello offers more than a decade of NCAA Division I administrative experience.

He came to Purdue Northwest from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as the Director of Athletics. In addition, 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 at San Jose State University. He also served as men’s assistant basketball coach at Lehigh University during the early 1990s.

He holds a baccalaureate degree in accounting from Muhlenberg 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.