March 9, 2011

KOSTIN TAKES HOME 2010 MAPTA COACH OF THE YEAR ACCOLADES

RICHMOND, Va. – Just days after notching his 900th career victory, Virginia Commonwealth University tennis coach Paul Kostin was recognized as the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Professional Tennis Association's College Coach of the Year.

It marked the second time in the past three years that Kostin has received the honor.

"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."

Now in his 21st season at VCU and 30th as a collegiate coach, Kostin has amassed a record of 900-287 (.758) while serving as both the men's and women's tennis coach for the Rams, as well as nine years at his alma mater, Arkansas-Little Rock.

This past year, Kostin guided both the Black & Gold squads to CAA Championships and trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Since the Rams joined the conference in 1995, VCU has taken home 15 conference titles, 27 NCAA Tournament bids and multiple All-Americans, all under Kostin's guidance.

The native of Sweden has the Rams back and ready to defend their conference titles this year with the two squads combining for a record of 26-4 and two top-55 rankings in the latest ITA polls. The women's squad currently sits 25th in the country.

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