RICHMOND, Va. – You’d think by the title of this blog post, we’re talking about Tim Tebow. Well you’re wrong, in fact the only reason I mention Tebow is to drive all the people to this blog that have google alerts on him. ESPN may actually do a feature on this blog just because we mentioned him.

Back to the task at hand. All week we’ve heard the mainstream media debate about John Calipari and the “one-and-done”. He’s been lauded because of his ability to turnover his roster and still be one of the best programs in the country. That same statement holds true for the longest-tenured coach at VCU, Paul Kostin, who has been running the tennis programs for 22 years. (Interesting note: Shaka Smart was 12 when Coach Kostin took over)

Kostin has been losing First Team All-CAA players for years now and yet he ALWAYS has the Rams in the mix for not only a CAA Championship, but NCAA Tournament bids and most of the years in the mix for top-25 rankings. This year is no different with the men’s squad sitting at 17-4 (winners of five straight) and the women’s squad sitting at 13-4 (winners of four straight).

The men’s squad has had the CAA Player of the Year in three of the past six seasons and each time VCU has had to replace them during the following season, each time the Rams advanced to the NCAA Tournament (which they’ve done 15 of the past 16 years).

In 21-plus seasons with Ram Nation, Kostin has compiled 945 wins. Think about that, 9-4-5. The amazing part may be the fact that there are only 304 loses on the other side of that, a winning percentage of over. 760. That goes along with a million NCAA Tournament appearances as well as being the only VCU program to play for a national championship when the men’s squad played in the 2000 NCAA Finals.

Tebow can have his time in the NY Spotlight, Kostin will just be sitting at Thalhimer Tennis Center on Cary Street racking up more and more wins and more NCAA Tournament appearances.