RICHMOND, Va. – The average price of gas was $1.04 per gallon when Head Coach Paul Kostin notched his first career coaching victory back in 1981 at the University of Arkansas Little-Rock.
Both Kostin's win total and gas prices have skyrocketed upwards ever since as the legendary tennis coach at Virginia Commonwealth University reached his 900th career victory on Sunday afternoon when the men's squad toppled George Washington, 6-1, at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
The native of Sweden is now one of just four coaches in NCAA history to accumulate over 900 victories, joining former coaches Jim Schwitters (Hawaii – 1,326 wins) and Jim Brockoff (Xavier – 1,006 wins) and current Hampton head man, Dr. Robert Martin Screen (Hampton – 1,074 wins).
In 30-plus years of coaching, Kostin has now racked up a combined (men's and women's) career record of 900-287, good for a .758 winning percentage.
"It's really a testament to all the great people I've been lucky enough to have surrounding me during my career. From administration to players to assistant coaches, I've been fortunate to be around people who will do anything to win. That's exactly how I feel, I just want to keep on winning," Kostin said. "I just hope to be around for 1,000."
It was the men's fifth straight win and improved their overall record to 12-3 on the year.
Johannsen continued his strong singles play with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the top singles spot, while his partner Baroz tallied a straight set singles win over his own at #3 singles, 6-3, 6-4.
Playing at the second singles spot for the first time this year, sophomore Jaime Vazquez Catoira breezed to a 6-4, 7-5 win and secured the match victory for the Black & Gold.
The Rams returned to action next Friday when the Owls of Temple come to town for a 2 p.m. showdown.
#58 VCU 6, George Washington 1
1. Vazquez/Salomon def. Atalay/Hannah, 8-6
2. Johannsen/Baroz def. Kushma/Van Gils, 8-3
3. Svensson/Thomsen def. Svensson/Dyke, 8-5
1. Johannsen def. Levinski, 6-1, 6-4
2. Vazquez def. Atalay, 6-4, 7-5
3. Baroz def. Kushma, 6-3, 6-4
4. Thomsen def. Svensson, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0
5. Salomon def. Hannah, 7-6,7-6
6. Argente def. Van Gils, 7-5, 6-2