Rich Costanzo

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Rich Costanzo
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Personal information
Full name Richard Costanzo
Date of birth (1986-02-17) February 17, 1986 (age 36)
Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position(s) Defender
College career
2004–2005 Penn State Nittany Lions 21 (4)
2006–2008 Maryland Terrapins 66 (1)
Senior career*
2009 Minnesota Thunder 20 (1)
2010–2011 Rochester Rhinos 39 (4)
2010–2011 Baltimore Blast (indoor)
2012–2013 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 43 (3)
Teams managed
2022–present George Mason
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of July 21, 2012

Richard "Rich" Costanzo (born February 17, 1986 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American soccer player who formerly played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Professional Division. Costanzo is currently the head coach of George Mason. [1]



Youth and high school

Costanzo attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh, where he was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American, a two-time regional All-American, and was twice named the WPIAL (Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League) Player of the Year. [2] In 2003, he was also named the NSCAA Pennsylvania State Player of the Year and chosen as an EA Sports All-American. He helped lead the Jaguars to the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) State Championship three times, winning the state title in 2002. [3]

Costanzo was selected to play for the Region I Olympic Development Program team from 2000–2005 and was a member of the U.S. U–18 National team player pool. [4]

He started his youth soccer in Pittsburgh for the Beadling Soccer Club, before joining FC Delco on the other side of the state.


Costanzo started college soccer at Pennsylvania State University where he was named the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. [5] He was also named Freshman All-America by Soccer America, [6] Top Draw Soccer, [7] and College Soccer News. He transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park to continue his collegiate career. He became a team captain for the Terps in the 2008 season, and helped lead the team to an ACC Championship and NCAA Division I National Championship. [8]


Having not been drafted by Major League Soccer Costanzo signed with Minnesota Thunder on February 26, 2009. [9] He made his professional debut on April 11, 2009, as a second-half substitute in Minnesota's 2009 season-opening game against the Carolina RailHawks. [10]

Costanzo was on the 2010–11 roster of the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team, but appeared in no games. [11]


Rochester Rhinos
University of Maryland

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  1. "George Mason Names Rich Costanzo Men's Soccer Head Coach". George Mason Athletics. April 29, 2022. Retrieved May 6, 2022.
  2. HS All-America 2003 Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "2008 recruiting class". Archived from the original on 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  4. u18 National Team Archived 2012-06-07 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  6. Soccer America Freshman All-America
  7. All America Honors Archived 2012-12-12 at
  8. 2008 National Championship Archived 2012-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Thunder Land Dyachenko, Costanzo [ permanent dead link ]
  10. USL stats Archived 2009-04-15 at the Wayback Machine
  11. Baltimore Blast roster