Paul Kostin
Title: Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Phone: 804-828-4817

The Paul Kostin Era
Year: Record: Win Pct Final Rank Postseason
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
2000 27-5 .844  9 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 
2011 22-7 .759 48 NCAA First Round
CAA Runner-Up 
2012 23-5 .821 31 NCAA Second Round
CAA Champions 
2013 20-7 .741 30 NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions 
At VCU (Men's) 486-144 .771   20 NCAA Appearances
17 Conference Titles
Overall (Men's) 645-218 .747   --
Overall at VCU
(Men's & Women's)
731-210 .777   31 NCAA Appearances
22 Conference Titles 
Overall
(Men's & Women's)
1000-318 .759   --

If you ask Paul Kostin about his legacy as a collegiate tennis coach, he would tell you that there’s no legacy, he’s just coaching tennis and trying to make his student-athletes better in all aspects of their lives.

One look at his 23 years at the helm of the VCU men’s tennis program tells another story.

Entering his 24th season with the Rams, the Sweden native became just the fourth coach in college tennis history to reach 1,000 wins last year. He also guided the Black & Gold to yet another conference title, the 17th under Kostin, and an NCAA Tournament berth, the 20th under Kostin.

Under the Kostin’s watchful eye, the Black & Gold have reached the NCAA Tournament in 20 of the past 21 seasons and earned a top-25 ranking in 18 of those seasons. He has coached eight All-Americans and three national champions.

It became clear early into Kostin’s tenure at VCU that success was imminent and going to be consistent. In just his fourth year (1994), he guided the Rams to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Six years later, the 2000 squad became the only VCU team to ever play for a national championship. 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.

Over the years, Kostin has been named USPTA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year 12 times, has been chosen as the ITA Regional Coach of the Year four times and was one of eight finalists for the ITA's National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1997. He was named the 2000 National College Coach of the Year by the USPTA and was named conference Coach of the Year 14 times.

Not only has Kostin directed VCU to great success as a team, but Ram players have shined individually as well under his guidance, 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 a Ram. 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.

 

 



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