RICHMOND, Va. – Paul Kostin, VCU's longtime tennis coach, will view the Rams' programs from a loftier perch.
On Friday, VCU announced Kostin has been named Director of Tennis. He will oversee both programs, while serving as head coach of the women's team. Anthony Rossi, who served as an assistant coach in 2017-18, has been elevated to head coach of the men's tennis program.
"I think that's the best thing for both programs," said Kostin. "Anthony ran the men's team last year, and it worked out good, so he deserves to have a shot at being in charge of the men's program."
Kostin owns the second-most tennis coaching wins (1,155) in NCAA history, and has guided VCU's men to 22 NCAA Tournament appearances in 28 seasons. He took over the VCU women's program in 2002 and has led the Rams to 15 NCAA bids in 17 years. Both VCU men's and women's squads captured Atlantic 10 Conference titles and NCAA bids in 2018.
Rossi will take over the reigns of the men's program following one season as an assistant for the Rams. Prior to joining the Black and Gold, he spent one year with Cliff Drysdale Tennis in Key Biscayne, Fla. as a tennis professional, where he provided private lessons and managed a number of club teams.
He previously served as a volunteer assistant (2013-14) and graduate assistant (2014-16) for his alma mater, Kentucky. In 2016, he helped guide UK to the SEC Tournament semifinals and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
A standout player for the Wildcats from 2010-13, Rossi was named an ITA All-American as a senior and was inducted into Kentucky's Tennis Hall of Fame. Rossi was named All-SEC First Team as a junior and senior.
"I want to thank Paul Kostin for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to run the men's program. I'm excited to start this new adventure as a head coach," said Rossi.