After Leon Costello graduated high school, he played basketball and studied exercise science at Loras College.
Realizing he didn’t want to work in medicine, he got his masters in sports administration at Western Illinois University.
Wanting to make a meaningful impact on students, Leon chose a career in college athletics over a career with a professional team. Today, he loves his job as the Athletic Director at Montana State and credits his success to networking, personal connections, and sacrifice.
Key Takeaway— Sports careers are highly competitive and demand sacrifice. Leon’s first job as a university intern barely paid the bills, and had extremely long hours.
5:00 University of Northern Iowa
14:10 Creating a positive atmosphere
17:20 Changes in college athletics
22:36 What is Division I?
25:54 Advice to younger self
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