University of Pennsylvania

Endowed the Betty J. Costanza, Head Coach of Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Chair, within the Department of Athletics. It is the first women’s head coaching endowment in the history of the University of Pennsylvania. Coach Costanza began her Penn career in 1976 and she served as the program’s only head coach until her retirement in 2002. Under her leadership, the cross country/track & field program flourished, and distinguished itself as a consistently competitive program within the Ivy League and in the East. Considered one of the most successful coaches in Ivy League track & field history, Coach Costanza’s teams won an impressive seven Heptagonal championships, 11 Ivy League titles, and 10 Big Five championships.  More than 140 athletes earned All-Ivy honors during her tenure at Penn, and more than 50 were guided to individual Heptagonal championships.

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