Montana State names new athletic director

The Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Montana State University has named South Dakota State senior associate athletic director Leon Costello as the university's new athletic director.

MSU President Waded Cruzado announced the hiring Tuesday, hours after she said Utah deputy athletic director Kyle Brennan had changed his mind about accepting the job.

Costello was one of five finalists to succeed Peter Fields, whose contract wasn't renewed after 14 years. Costello tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he was disappointed when he wasn't hired initially, but is glad the way things worked out.

Costello says he and his family saw themselves fitting in in Bozeman and called MSU a great place with huge potential.

Costello helped raise $57 million for SDSU, in part to build an athletic complex. The school's new football stadium is nearly complete.