Kurt Elbin enters his fifth season in 2017 with the Black & Gold after spending two seasons at Division II power Shippensburg University (Pa.). Elbin has overseen a VCU offense that has turned in three straight Top 100 seasons. His offense has also been a catalyst in leading the Rams to being one of only 14 programs in the country over the last three years to eclipse the 37-win mark.
During the Rams' 2015 run towards the program's first Super Regional Appearance, the Black and Gold ranked first in the conference in base on balls (223), hit by pitch (114, also led nation), hits (622), sacrifice bunts (53), sacrifice flies (31), and third in runs (364). Nationally, the Rams finished in the top 100 in walks batting average, and on-base percentge. The team ranked amongst the top 50 in fielding percentage, hits, runs, sacrifice bunts, and sacrifice flies. Defensively, the team was 34th in all of Division I and second in the conference in fielding percentage.
The 2015 club had four players recieve All-Region honors (Matt Lees, Vimael Machin, Heath Dwyer, Matt Davis), five were named All-Conference (Davis, Dwyer, Machin, Logan Farrar, Sean Thompson) one earned All-American honors (Machin), and four players received deals with professional organizations (Lees, Dwyer, Machin, and Daniel Concepcion).
In 2014, the Rams led the Atlantic-10 in runs and hits, while finishing the season amongsth the top offenses in the nation in batting average (36), hit by pitch (25), hits (38), on-base percentage (17), runs (33), and scoring (29).
In his first season with the Rams, Elbin helped guide VCU to 28 victories and saw two players, James Bunn and Joey Cujas, earn All Atlantic 10 accolades.
During his two year tenure at Shippensburg, Elbin helped lead the Raiders to 87 wins, including 32 this past season. The 32 wins were the most wins the program posted since 2008.
Before joining the Raiders staff, Elbin spent three seasons at Thiel College. Under his guidance the Tomcats were a Division III powerhouse in the President's Athletic Conference, being ranked as high as 13th nationally during his stint.
The Bedford, Pa. native played collegiately at Lock Haven, where he graduated in 2006 before finishing his master's at California (Pa.) in 2008.
Elbin resides in Richmond, Va. with his wife Jaclyn and son Alexander.