Dr. Susan Groff Costa, Ed.D enters her 17th year at the University of Delaware in 2013-14, challenged with a new leadership role as the second-only Director of the Bob Carpenter Center.
Groff Costa's overall responsibilities include managing the events, operations and maintenance of the facility on a daily basis, sales and marketing for The BOB as well as athletic venues on the David M. Nelson Complex, budgeting and supervision of staff while continuing to manage all varsity competition scheduling and championship matters at the conference level.
She has managed and led the department in numerous areas during her tenure, including, but not limited to, student-athlete welfare matters, facility and construction management, operations management including leading football game day operations, directing CAA and NCAA championships, senior women’s administrator, and NCAA Compliance.
In addition, she also serves as an adjunct professor in the University of Delaware Sport Management program.
Groff Costa’s most recent accolade was directing a highly successful NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2013 as the Tournament Director. She has also served on several conference committees and numerous NCAA committees, including the prestigious NCAA Legislative Committee.
She began her administrative career in athletics in 1991 as a graduate assistant at West Chester University. She came to Delaware after working two years as assistant director of athletics and head women's lacrosse coach at Drexel University.
Groff Costa earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from Longwood College in Farmville, Va. in 1986 and received her master's degree in sports administration from West Chester (Pa.) University in 1993. She received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware in August, 2012.
While at Longwood, Groff Costa was a standout in lacrosse and field hockey. In lacrosse, she was a four-year team Most Valuable Player, was a three-year United States Women's Lacrosse Association All-American, played in the North-South Senior All-Star Game, and was a three-year member of the United States Women's Lacrosse Squad. In field hockey, she was a four-year letterwinner and team Most Valuable Player as a senior. She was recently inducted into Longwood’s Hall of Fame for her performances in these sports.
She and her husband, Victor J. Costa, reside in Rock Hall, Md.
Past Bob Carpenter Center Directors
Dr. Susan L. Groff Costa, 2013-Present