March 25, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army head men's soccer coach Russell Payne announced the hiring of Richard Costanzo as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2014 season. Prior to his arrival at West Point, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native founded the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy following impressive professional and collegiate playing careers.
"Rich brings a championship pedigree to our program both as successful former collegiate and professional soccer player but also as a talented hard working emerging coach," Payne said. "We are very excited to have him join our West Point family."
In 2012, Costanzo created the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy (PSA), an organization geared toward training young soccer players. Costanzo serves as the owner and director of PSA, where he directs training with individuals, groups and teams, as well as conducting camps and clinics. Through PSA, Costanzo also works with youth soccer groups to assist in teaching fundamentals and proper techniques.
Costanzo was recognized for his accomplishments with PSA by Pittsburgh's Whirl Magazine in a feature titled "13 under 30" that recognized 13 young professionals and entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh area.
Costanzo enjoyed a five-year professional playing career from 2009 to 2013 that included stints with the Minnesota Thunder, Rochester Rhinos and Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Costanzo played the 2009 season with Minnesota, scoring a goal in 20 appearances at right back before playing two seasons in Rochester, where he scored four goals in 39 appearances. During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Costanzo served as captain of the Riverhounds, playing in 43 games with three goals.
Before his professional career, Costanzo played collegiately for one season at Penn State before transferring to Maryland. Costanzo was named the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year following his freshman campaign with the Nittany Lions, while also earning Freshman All-America honors by Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.
Costanzo transferred to Maryland prior to the 2006 season before being named team captain in 2008 and leading the Terrapins to an ACC Championship and an NCAA Division I national title.
He graduated from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business.