March 9, 2012

KOSTIN TAKES HOME SECOND STRAIGHT MAPTA COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR HONOR

RICHMOND, Va. – In the past 22 years, Virginia Commonwealth University has changed in so many ways. The athletics department has followed suit with new faces, new additions and a brand that continues to grow each day.

One thing that has been a constant over that stretch has been VCU Tennis Head Coach Paul Kostin. Not only is Kostin the longest tenured coach with the Rams, he's also done the same thing each year, win and win some more.

Last year was no different with the men's and women's squads combining for a 44-14 record and both earned trips to the NCAA Tournament yet again. For his accomplishments, Kostin was named the Mid-Atlantic Professional Tennis Association's College Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

"All the awards are nice, but it's really a credit to the people that have been around me for all these years," Kostin said. "The only thing I'm really focused on is to continue winning, that's all I want to do."

It is the third time in the past four years that Kostin has taken home the accolade.

Now in his 22nd season at VCU and his 30th as a collegiate coach, the Swedish native has amassed a record of 937-304 (.755. ) as the Head Coach of both the men's and women's squads for the Rams.

Since the Black & Gold joined the CAA in 1995, VCU has taken home 15 conference titles, 29 NCAA Tournament bids and nearly 15 All-Americans, all under Kostin's watchful eye.

His two squads have combined for a 22-8 record this season and both rank in the top-40 in the ITA polls.

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