After spending the last season as a volunteer assistant coach, Nick Costello was hired as full time assistant for the University of Wyoming cross-country program Monday.
Costello competed collegiately at Colorado State, and graduated in 2018 with a degree in agricultural business. He had track personal-bests of 8 minutes, 52.36 seconds in the 3,000-meter run, 15:16.85 in the 5,000 and 31:12.55 in the 10,000.
“I’ve known Nick for seven years, both as a student-athlete and as a coach, he’s one of the hardest workers you’ll meet,” said UW cross-country coach Scott Dahlberg in a news release from UW.
“He has a great mind for the sport and desire to help student-athletes work towards their potential. He was a tremendous help last year as a dedicated volunteer coach who worked a full-time job in addition to assisting at all our practices and competitions. We’ll all benefit from Nick being able to outlet his passion into the program.”
Costello was part of a coaching staff last year that saw the Cowboys get to the NCAA Cross-Country National Championships for the first time since 1986. Additionally, the Cowboys were ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll for the first time in program history. They were ranked as high as No. 13 before finishing 12th at the national meet.
Paul Roberts was named the Mountain West Men’s Cross-Country Athlete of the Year after winning the individual crown at the MW Championships. Christopher Henry and Harry Ewing earned all-conference honors. The trio of Roberts, Henry and Ewing were named all-region, and Roberts went on to earn All-America honors at the national championships.
As the men’s distance crew transitioned to track & field season, Dahlberg’s athletes recorded 10 marks on UW top 10 lists, including the indoor 3,000 school record by Henry and the outdoor steeplechase record set by Ewing.
“I’m super excited to start full time here and work with Dahlberg and the men’s and women’s distance programs,” Costello said in the release. “We have talented athletes, so it’s going to be an exciting year.”
The UW men’s and women’s cross-country seasons begin Sept. 6, with the Wyoming Invite at the Little America Golf Course in Cheyenne.