Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach
Romain Ambert

Paul Kostin
Head Coach

Kostin Becomes Fifth Coach to Reach 800 Victories (vcuathletics.com - April 12, 2008)

Kostin, Tennis Teams Still Going Strong (Richmond Times-Dispatch - April 17, 2008)

Kostin, 800 Wins and Counting (Commonwealth Times, May 1, 2008)


Finishing up his 20th season as the head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University men’s tennis team, Paul Kostin has built the Rams into one of the nation’s most successful and respected programs during his tenure.

Paul Kostin at VCU
Year
Record
Win %
Final Rank
Notable
1991
22-5
.815
NR
Sun Belt Runner-Up
1992
18-4
.818
25
Metro Champions
1993
24-2
.923
15
NCAA First Round
Metro Champions
1994
23-6
.793
22
NCAA Region II Semifinals
Metro Champions
1995
22-7
.759
23
NCAA Region II Finals
1996
15-5
.750
18
NCAA Region IV Semifinals
CAA Champions
1997
27-3
.900
18
NCAA Region II Semifinals
CAA Champions
1998
23-7
.767
36
NCAA Region II Semifinals
CAA Champions
1999
21-3
.875
24
NCAA Region II Quarterfinals
CAA Champions
2000
27-5
.844
9
NCAA Region II Champions
NCAA Finalist
CAA Champions
2001
17-11
.607
40
NCAA Region II Semifinals
CAA Champions
2002
22-5
.814
19
NCAA Second Round
CAA Champions
2003
24-4
.875
17
NCAA First Round
CAA Champions
2004
25-4
.862
15
NCAA First Round
CAA Champions
2005
17-11
.607
35
NCAA Second Round
CAA Runner-Up
2006
26-5
.830
14
NCAA Second Round
CAA Champions
2007
18-9
.667
28
NCAA First Round
2008
19-8
.704
32
NCAA First Round
CAA Champions
2009
17-9
.654
43
CAA Runner-Up
2010
14-12
.538
76
NCAA First Round
CAA Champions
VCU
421-125
.771
--
17 NCAA Appearances
15 Conference Titles
Overall
580-199
.745
--

Under Kostin’s direction, VCU has reached the NCAA tournament in 17 of the past 18 years and finished a season ranked among the top 25 Division I teams a total of 12 times.

In addition, his Rams have captured 12 Colonial Athletic Association championships, including nine straight from 1996-2004, and have only lost nine conference matches since he arrived at VCU in 1991. In his 18 years with the Rams, Kostin has amassed an astounding 390-104 record in dual matches and has led VCU to 12 seasons with more than 20 wins. His overall men’s collegiate coaching record stands at 580-199 in 29 years, a winning percentage of nearly 75 percent.

VCU has also been nearly invincible at home during Kostin’s reign as head coach, as the Rams have posted a remarkable 237-25 record at the Thalhimer Tennis Center, including a 125-8 mark against in-state opponents.

The 2006 season proved to be one of Kostin’s best, as he led VCU to a 26-5 mark, the third-most wins in school history, as well as a No. 14 national ranking. He directed the Rams into the NCAA Tournament for the 14th straight year before they bowed out in the second round. Additionally, VCU’s Arnaud Le Cloerec picked up his second All-America citation. For his efforts, Kostin was rewarded with his eighth CAA Men’s Coach of the Year award.

Kostin’s greatest coaching achievement came during the 2000 campaign, when the Rams put together a remarkable run through the NCAA tournament that culminated in VCU’s first-ever appearance in a national championship match. The unseeded Rams strung together five consecutive victories, including wins over three of the nation’s top 13 ranked programs, to set up a showdown with Stanford for the national title. VCU advanced to the “Sweet 16” with a victory over #13 Mississippi continued its Cinderella story by upsetting fourth-ranked Illinois in the quarterfinal round. The Rams reached the title match with a thrilling 4-3 victory over powerhouse Tennessee in the Final Four and received a final ranking of #9 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the highest-ever for any VCU sport at the end of a season.

Kostin’s efforts earned him the 2000 National College Coach of the Year award from the United States Professional Tennis Association, just one of many accolades the native of Stockholm, Sweden has garnered as a head coach. In 2004, Kostin received his third consecutive CAA Coach of the Year award and seventh overall in his career. He has also earned USPTA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year honors a total of eight times. Additionally, Kostin has received three Metro Conference Coach of the Year awards, has twice been chosen as the ITA Regional Coach of the Year and was one of eight finalists for the ITA’s National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1997.

Not only has Kostin directed VCU to great success as a team, but Ram players have shined individually as well under hisguidance, both on the court and in the classroom. Daniel Andersson was selected as the ITA’s national Senior Player of the Year and the Verizon Spring At-Large Academic All-American of the Year for the 1999-00 season. Two VCU players, Olivier Tauma in 1997 and Andersson in 1998, also reached the semifinals of the NCAA individual singles championship, and Andersson also won a pair of ITA grand slam singles events during his outstanding career as aRam. VCU’s doubles team of Frank Moser and Florian Marquardt also captured the 2000 T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championship, the first leg of the collegiate grand slam, and the Rams qualified at least one player for the NCAA individual tournament in each of Kostin’s first 16 years at the helm. Nine of Kostin’s players have also earned ITA All-America status, including 2005 & 2006 honoree Le Cloerec, while three former Rams have been recognized as Academic All-Americans as well.

Before arriving at VCU, Kostin served as the head coach at his alma mater, Arkansas-Little Rock, from 1981 to 1990. In his nine years at UALR, the Trojans won six Trans America Conference titles and put together an overall record of 159-74.

 

 

 

© 2008 - Virginia Commonwealth University
All rights reserved.