RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University women's tennis Head Coach Paul Kostin has seen a lot in his 20 years of coaching. He's had All-Americans, a plethora of conference championships and played for a national title. It's easy to understand why he doesn't give out praise easily.

However, when it comes to the 2010 VCU women's tennis team, Kostin can't say enough. They went 20-4 and captured the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, the third in the program's history.

For his hard work with the squad, Kostin was named Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.

"It's really a credit to these girls and my coaching staff," Kostin said. "These girls have showed toughness throughout the year and [my assistants] Yana [Carollo] and Jakub [Petersson] have done a great job of keeping them focused on the task at hand."

This is the third time Kostin has won this honor on the women's side, but the first since 2006 when the Rams reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Kostin and the Rams will begin their NCAA Tournament on Friday, May 14th at the North Carolina Regional. VCU takes on the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV at 10 a.m.