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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
Jon Newcomb
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, Marketing & Event Management
Brandon Swanson
Development Officer
Matt Dudzik
Asst. A.D. for Facilities and Recreational Sports (Hammond Campus)
Shane Prance
Assistant Coach
Omar Sahmoudi
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

Rick Costello enters his seventh year as Purdue University Northwest’s Director of Athletics in 2018-19. 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 17-year veteran of collegiate athletic administration has made a big splash leading the Black and Gold’s athletic program with a list of notable achievements including:

  • Transitioned the athletic program 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 collegiate athletics.
  • Celebrated academic excellence resulting in numerous Scholar-Athlete, Scholar Team and Academic All-GLIAC selections.
  • Recognized the first seven Academic All-Americans in program history.
  • In 2017-18, the Pride set school records with a 3.28 cumulative GPA, 27 student-athletes with a 4.0 and 75% of the student-athletes over 3.0%.
  • In 2017-18, the Pride set school records with a 93% retention rate and the highest student-athlete participation in program history.
  • Introduced Women’s Golf in 2016 and Baseball & Softball in 2014 as part of the strategic plan to expand sport sponsorship.
  • Celebrated athletic excellence resulting in national postseason qualifiers in Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s cross country, and Men’s Soccer.
  • In 2017-18, the Pride Men’s Soccer and Softball qualified for the GLIAC Playoffs. Pride student-athletes received the following awards: Third Team All-American in Softball, GLIAC Softball Player of the Year, GLIAC Baseball Freshmen Pitcher of the Year, and NCBWA DII Baseball Pitcher of the Week.       Additionally, the Pride appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays of the Day.
  • In 2013-14, Women’s Basketball captured the first regular season and tournament championship for the PNW Pride athletic program in 18 years
  • As part of the vision to engage the community, the Pride have given back through events such as the Fall Sports Festival, the Hammond Holiday Parade, the R-Dub Reading & Writing program in local schools and Kids Day.
  • In Spring 2018, Costello opened the Lalaeff & Fischer Golf Training Center. The indoor golf center features five types of synthetic turf with surfaces for putting, chipping, pitching and full swings as well as two large TV screens to utilize enhanced launch monitor technology, video analysis and Ground Reaction Force (GRF) technology.
  • In Fall 2016, Costello led the utilization of the Dworkin Center, PNW’s newest facility, for Women’s Volleyball, Women’s & Men’s Cross Country and Women’s & Men’s Basketball.
  • Unveiled in Spring 2015, 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.
  • In Spring 2015, Costello engineered the Community Hospital Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Center, a state of the art center for over 200 student athletes.
  • In Spring 2014, Costello developed the Paul K. and Barbara Graegin Academic Excellence Center, a state of the art learning center for Pride student athletes.
  • 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.

Costello serves on the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Expansion Committee, Championship Committee and is liaison for the Men’s Basketball 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 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.