Former star Marauder player will be taking on a new and important role in the evolution at McMaster in 2019.

Anthony Costa, who was a star on the pitch for Mac, has been named the new head coach of the Marauders women’s soccer program after long-time friend, mentor and former coach Joe Valvasori passed away. Valvasori passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.

Joining Costa on the touchline will be the rest of the 2018 staff, including assistants Chris Succi, John Valvasori and Lesley Saltenberger.

Costa, during his five years as a Marauder student-athlete between 2007 and 2012, helped McMaster to OUA titles in 2009 and 2011 and was named the Dr. Ray Johnson Award as the University’s outstanding graduating male athlete.

He was named as a CIS (now USports) First Team All-Canadian during his final season in 2011 as well as a First Team OUA All-Star. Cost was also a finalist for McMaster’s Ivor Wynne Award, which recognizes the University’s male athlete of the year.

Because of all his success at the CIS level, Costa received an invitation to the United Soccer League (USL) Combine.

Following his graduation, he has served as an assistant coach with the McMaster men’s program under his former coach Dino Perri. Then in 2017 he was named to the women’s staff when Valvasori took over as the head coach.

A high school teacher at Oakville’s Sr. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School, Costa coaches at both the high school and club levels. He is currently the head coach of a boys ‘A’ level club in Oakville, and an assistant coach of the Hamilton United (League 1) program’s reserve team.

Costa inherits a Marauders program that is filled with many veterans that helped to take McMaster to the OUA Final Four in 2018 for the first time in six years and walked away with a bronze medal. They would go on to the U Sports Championships where they knocked off the defending national champion Montreal Carabins in the quarterfinals and finished fourth in Canada.

Costa will make his OUA head coaching debut on August 31 when the Marauders open their regular season at Ron Joyce Stadium against the Windsor Lancers.