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

The Paul Kostin Era
Year: Record: Win Pct Final Rank Postseason
2002 20-3 .870 17 NCAA Elite Eight
CAA Runner-Up
2003 24-1 .960 43 NCAA Second Round
CAA Champions 
2004 17-8 .680 49 NCAA Second Round
CAA Runner-Up
2005 17-7 .708 54 CAA Runner-Up 
2006 29-1 .967 12 NCAA Sweet 16
CAA Champions 
2007 21-9 .700 35 NCAA First Round
CAA Runner-Up 
2008 18-6 .750 35 NCAA First Round
CAA Runner-Up
2009 18-10 .643 44 NCAA First Round
CAA Runner-Up
2010 20-5 .800 27 NCAA First Round
CAA Champions 
2011 22-7 .759 37 NCAA First Round
2012 20-5 .800 47 NCAA First Round
CAA Champions 
2013 22-5 .815 39 NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions 
At VCU (Women's) 245-66 .788   11 NCAA Appearances
5 Conference Titles
Overall (Women's) 353-101 .778   --
Overall at VCU
(Men's & Women's)
731-210 .777   31 NCAA Appearances
22 Conference Titles 
Overall
(Men's & Women's)
1000-318 .759   --

No matter what time of the day or what day of the week, it is a near guarantee that the light in Paul Kostin’s office will be on and he will be working the phones or hammering out emails.

His insatiable work ethic has thrust himself into the national coaching spotlight as one of just four Division I tennis coaches all-time to reach 1,000 career wins. 

Now in his 12th season as the head coach of the women’s program, Kostin’s success shows no signs of stopping after another conference title and yet another NCAA Tournament appearance from the Rams last year.

After overseeing the men’s program for 12 seasons, Kostin took on the double duty of being the head coach for the men’s and women’s teams in 2002.

His impact on the women’s squad was immediate as the Rams reeled off a 20-3 overall record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first and only time in school history. VCU was ranked as high as ninth nationally during the 2002 campaign and ended the year listed 17th in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I team ratings, the program’s best-ever finish at the completion of a season.

The 2003 campaign brought even greater success for the Rams, as VCU completed the regular-season with a perfect 20-0 record, then won three more matches, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Colonial Athletic Association power William & Mary, to capture the first CAA championship in program history. VCU ended the year with an astounding 24-1 overall mark and a #15 national ranking by the ITA.

However, Kostin’s greatest work for the VCU women’s program came in 2006, when the Rams won their first 29 matches, setting a new school record, on the way to a NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” berth and a No. 12 final national ranking. That season he directed the Black and Gold to its second CAA Championship in four seasons and also oversaw the individual success of 2006 All-American Tatsiana Uvarova, who reached the NCAA Singles Tournament quarterfinals. For his efforts, Kostin was selected as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) East Region Coach of the Year.

Prior to his arrival at VCU in 1990, Kostin served nine seasons as the men’s and women’s tennis head coach at his alma mater, Arkansas-Little Rock, where he led the women’s team to a string of dominance during the school’s affiliation with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Under his direction, the Trojan women won the 1984 and 1985 NAIA national championship tournament, which earned Kostin the organization’s National Coach of the Year award both seasons.

In 21 years as a women’s head coach, Kostin has amassed a 353-101 overall record, including an impressive 245-66 mark at VCU.

Kostin’s players have also gone on to a great deal of individual success under his guidance.



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