Paul Kostin
Paul Kostin
Title: Director of Tennis/Head Coach
Phone: 804-828-4817
Year: 19th season (30th overall with VCU)
Previous College: Arkansas-Little Rock '78
The Paul Kostin Era
Year: Record: Win Pct Final Rank Postseason
2002 20-3 .870 17 NCAA Elite Eight
CAA Runner-Up
2003 24-1 .960 43 NCAA Second Round
CAA Champions 
2004 17-8 .680 49 NCAA Second Round
CAA Runner-Up
2005 17-7 .708 54 CAA Runner-Up 
2006 29-1 .967 12 NCAA Sweet 16
CAA Champions 
2007 21-9 .700 35 NCAA First Round
CAA Runner-Up 
2008 18-6 .750 35 NCAA First Round
CAA Runner-Up
2009 18-10 .643 44 NCAA First Round
CAA Runner-Up
2010 20-5 .800 27 NCAA First Round
CAA Champions 
2011 22-7 .759 37 NCAA First Round
2012 20-5 .800 47 NCAA First Round
CAA Champions 
2013 22-5 .815 39 NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions 
2014 12-10 .545 -- NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions 
2015 16-9 .640 -- NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions 
2016 12-10 .546 -- NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions 
2017 16-9 .640 -- Atlantic 10 Runner-up
2018 17-6 .739 -- NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions
2019 18-6 .750 -- NCAA First Round
Atlantic 10 Champions
At VCU (Women's) 339-117 .743   16 NCAA Appearances
10 Conference Titles
Overall (Women's) 449-153 .746   --
Overall at VCU
(Men's & Women's)
904-319 .739   38 NCAA Appearances
29 Conference Titles 
(Men's & Women's)
1173-429 .732   38 NCAA Appearances
42 Conference Titles 

No matter what time of the day or what day of the week, it is a near guarantee that the light in Paul Kostin’s office will be on and he will be working the phones or hammering out emails.

Kostin's insatiable work ethic has thrust him into the national coaching spotlight. In 38 seasons he's amassed 1,173 victories, the second-most in NCAA history. He is one of just four Division I tennis coaches to reach the 1,000-win plateau. A fixture at VCU since 1991, first with the men's program, Kostin has led VCU's tennis programs to a combined 29 conference titles and 38 NCAA appearances.

On the women's side alone, VCU has won 10 conference titles and received 16 NCAA bids in his 18 seasons, including Elite Eight (2002) and Sweet 16 (2006) appearances. VCU women have collected ITA All-America honors seven times on his watch, including Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado in 2019. 

Now in his 19th season as the head coach of the women’s program, Kostin’s success shows no signs of stopping after another conference title and yet another NCAA Tournament appearance from the Rams last year.

After overseeing the men’s program for 12 seasons, including the historic 2000 campaign in which the Rams reach the National Championship Match, Kostin took on the double duty of being the head coach for the men’s and women’s teams in 2002.

His impact on the women’s squad was immediate as the Rams reeled off a 20-3 overall record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first and only time in school history. VCU was ranked as high as ninth nationally during the 2002 campaign and ended the year listed 17th in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I team ratings, the program’s best-ever finish at the completion of a season.

The 2003 campaign brought even greater success for the Rams, as VCU completed the regular-season with a perfect 20-0 record, then won three more matches, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Colonial Athletic Association power William & Mary, to capture the first CAA championship in program history. VCU ended the year with an astounding 24-1 overall mark and a No. 15 national ranking by the ITA.

However, Kostin’s greatest work for the VCU women’s program came in 2006, when the Rams won their first 29 matches, setting a new school record, on the way to a NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” berth and a No. 12 final national ranking. That season he directed the Black and Gold to its second CAA Championship in four seasons and also oversaw the individual success of 2006 All-American Tatsiana Uvarova, who reached the NCAA Singles Tournament quarterfinals. For his efforts, Kostin was selected as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) East Region Coach of the Year.

Prior to his arrival at VCU in 1990, Kostin served nine seasons as the men’s and women’s tennis head coach at his alma mater, Arkansas-Little Rock, where he led the women’s team to a string of dominance during the school’s affiliation with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Under his direction, the Trojan women won the 1984 and 1985 NAIA national championship tournament, which earned Kostin the organization’s National Coach of the Year award both seasons. Kostin was 110-36 in nine seasons as head women's coach at Arkansas-Little Rock. 

In 28 years as a women’s head coach, Kostin has amassed a 449-153 overall record, including an impressive 339-117 mark at VCU.

Kostin’s players have also gone on to a great deal of individual success under his guidance.