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 Virginia tennis star to help guide the storied men's program at VCU.
“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 entering his fifth season at VCU and has helped the Rams reach four Atlantic 10 Championship matches, including the 2017 final, captured by the Rams. Under his guidance, VCU has earned 16 All-Conference awards, and two student-athletes have reached the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
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, 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 Virginia in 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in government.