Only two other coaches in collegiate tennis history have more wins than VCU Head Coach Paul Kostin, so it’s clear he knows a few things about winning.
That’s also one of the many traits that separated Houston Barrick and led to Kostin hiring the former UVA tennis star as an assistant coach for both the VCU men’s and women’s tennis programs.
“I have a close relationship with the guys up at Virginia and when they keep calling you about the same guy, it’s pretty clear that he’s the right guy to hire,” Kostin said. “Houston has won at every stage of his career and we look forward to him bringing his energy and enthusiasm to our staff.”
Barrick is now entering his third season at VCU, having helped the Rams reach back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championship matches. Under his guidance, the Rams have had seven all-conference honorees and two student-athletes reach the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship.
Before joining the Rams, Barrick spent two years as a club professional at Belle Meade Country Club in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn.
Prior to that, he spent the 2011 season as an assistant at Cornell University, where he helped guide the Big Red to its first-ever Ivy League championship and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth.
As a player, Barrick helped the Cavaliers to three National Indoor team championships during his four years in Charlottesville.
A four-year starter at Virginia, Barrick was a two-time team captain and posted a 60-0 record in the ACC over his four seasons. He played as high as No. 1 in both singles and doubles at UVA and helped the Cavaliers to a 140-6 record during his career. Individually, Barrick finished his time at UVA with a singles record of 102-31 and doubles record of 115-34. A two-time NCAA All-Tournament Team selection, he was also named the 2010 ACC Tournament MVP and was selected to the All-ACC first team following his senior season. Barrick ranked as high as No. 2 in doubles competition and No. 50 in singles. An outstanding student, he was also a member of the All-ACC Academic Team in 2009 and 2010.
He graduated from UVA in 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in government.