Costa came to NC State from Butler where he served on head coach Kelly Findley's staff for five seasons. In his final season with the Bulldogs in 2010, Butler finished the regular season ranked No. 5 nationally and set a school record with 16 wins.
Costa joined Butler's staff in 2006 after spending one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Charlotte. In addition to his soccer coaching duties at Charlotte, Costa served as Community Services Coordinator in the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Academic Center. He also served as a Soccer Trainer/Game Coach for the Charlotte United Futbol Club, 2004-06.
Costa was a four-year varsity soccer player at Charlotte, 2000-03, during the time that Findley was serving as an assistant coach for the 49ers. He played in 42 matches during his collegiate career, and he received the David Schlee Memorial Award for determination and desire to succeed as a member of the men's soccer program. In his senior season, Costa helped the 49ers reach the finals of the Conference USA Men's Soccer Championship for just the second time in school history. During his tenure on the men's soccer team, Costa assisted with the NCAA-sponsored Youth Education through Sports (YES) clinic three times.
In addition to his coaching duties at Butler, Costa served as the head coach for Carmel United in Carmel, Ind. During the summer of 2008, he guided Carmel United to the U. S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-15/16 Championship at the U. S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. His team finished the summer season with a 25-2-7 record, including four consecutive victories in California to claim the national title. In 2009, he led the Carmel squad to the U. S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week U-17/18 Championship in Carson. In two trips to the Academy Finals Week, Costa's squad's compiled a 6-0-2 record. Costa was named 2008 and 2010 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference Coach of the Year and the 2008 NSCAA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year.
Costa holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A' License and performs player identification and training evaluations for the of the US Youth National Teams and USSF Development Academy clubs in the Southeast.
Costa earned B.A. degrees in psychology and history in 2004 and a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies from Charlotte in 2005. He and his wife, Meghan, are parents of a three-year old son, Nicholas.