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VB: Merrimack Hires Jeff Costa as Volleyball Head Coach

Merrimack College Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Costa as head women’s volleyball coach, effective immediately.

“Jeff has done an outstanding job as an assistant coach with our women’s volleyball program,” said Gibson. “I look forward to watching Jeff continue to build the program this spring ahead of the 2017 season.”

“I would like to take a moment and thank President Christopher E. Hopey, Jeremy Gibson and the entire Merrimack community for this amazing opportunity,” Costa stated. “It is a privilege and a pleasure to have been working with the women’s volleyball program the past two years as an assistant, and I am extremely honored to step into the head coaching role and continue to drive the program forward.”

Costa becomes the 11th head coach in school history, after joining the program during the 2015 campaign as the assistant coach. In addition to his Merrimack duties, he has served as the head coach of the Nor’ East Junior Olympic Volleyball Club U16-18 squad since 2005.

During his first two seasons with the Warriors, Costa coached some of the top individual student-athletes to come through the program. He guided Madison Burke ’16 to an all-conference campaign as one of the best liberos in school history in 2015, graduating with a multitude of program records. This past season, he helped senior Tara Stuhr (Huntington Beach, Calif.) become just the second setter at Merrimack to reach 4,000 career assists.

Merrimack will not be Costa’s first head coaching position at the collegiate level, as from 2010-11 he led the men’s volleyball program at Lesley University. He also has experience in the high school ranks, directing the Methuen High School boys volleyball team from 2004-06.

Costa graduated from Rivier University in 2005 with a bachelor of science in business administration, and currently resides in Methuen, Mass.

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Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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