LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- After spending the last season as a volunteer assistant coach for distance and cross country for the Cowboys here at Wyoming, Nick Costello has been hired as an assistant cross country and track & field coach, it was announced Monday by head cross country coach Scott Dahlberg.
“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,” Dahlberg said. “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.”
As a volunteer assistant during the 2018-19 cross country and track & field seasons, Costello helped guide the Cowboys back 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 (USTFCCCA) national poll for the first time in program history and defeated numerous nationally ranked teams. The Cowboys were ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation before finishing 12th at the National Championships.
“I’m super excited to start full time here and work with (Scott) Dahlberg and the men’s and women’s distance programs,” Costello said. “We have talented athletes, so it’s going to be an exciting year.”
Last season, Paul Roberts was named the Mountain West Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning the individual crown at the MW Championships, while 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 various Wyoming all-time top-10 lists, including the indoor 3,000m school record set by Henry and the outdoor steeplechase school record set by Ewing. Both Henry and Ewing competed at the NCAA West Preliminary for the second-consecutive season. During the indoor season, Henry earned a pair of all-MW honors in the 3,000m and 5,000m distances, before earning an all-MW accolade in the outdoor 10,000m race.
Costello competed collegiately at Colorado State, graduating in 2018 with a degree in agricultural business. He had track personal bests of 8:52.36 in the 3,000m, 15:16.85 in the 5,000m and 31:12.55 in the 10,000m distance.
The Wyoming men’s and women’s cross country seasons begin on Friday, Sept. 6, with the Wyoming Invite at the Little America Golf Course in Cheyenne, Wyo.