Jan. 28, 2014
NC State men's soccer has promoted assistant coach David Costa to associate head coach, announced Tuesday by head coach Kelly Findley.
"David is an excellent coach, effective communicator, and an extremely hard worker," said Findley. "He brings great character to our program, and that's been a reason for the success that he has seen in every opportunity he's had."
Costa will begin his fourth season at NC State in 2014. One of his primary responsibilities include his role as the Pack's recruiting coordinator.
"Under his direction, we've seen our classes rise in the rankings from No. 22, to No. 16, to No. 12, and now as high as No. 4 according to Top Drawer Soccer," said Findley.
Costa's relationship with Findley started during Costa's playing career at Charlotte from 2000-03. Findley served as the 49ers assistant coach during that stretch. Costa joined Findley's staff at Butler in 2006, helping to guide the Bulldogs to a No. 5 national ranking and a school-record 16 wins in 2010.
"I'm thankful for the continued opportunity to be a part of NC State and this rising program," said Costa. "We're on a great trajectory toward establishing a championship culture at NC State."
Costa also won a pair of national titles as a head coach with the Carmel United club team from Carmel, Ind. For his efforts, Costa was named the 2008 and 2010 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Conference Coach of the Year and the 2008 NSCAA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year.
"I've personally worked with David for the last 10 years, and he's an excellent coach," said Findley. "He deserves this recognition for the hard work and dedication he's given throughout his career.
"He's been a large part of our development as a program here at NC State, and I know that he'll be a large part of our continued success."