VCU women’s tennis hires new head coach

Vivian Segnini was a graduate assistant with women's tennis during the 2018-19 season. Photo courtesy of VCU Athletics

Noah Fleischman, Sports Editor

For the first time in 30 years, a new face will lead the women’s tennis program after Vivian Segnini was named coach on Aug. 18. 

Segnini replaces Paul Kostin, who retired earlier this year after three decades at the helm. 

“She stood out during her time working for Coach Paul Kostin by her ability to connect with our student-athletes,” said Ed McLaughlin, athletic director, said in a statement. “She brings a global recruiting portfolio that fits well with our program and a deep knowledge of teaching the game of tennis.”

Segnini was a graduate assistant under Kostin during the 2018-19 season, helping the team to an Atlantic 10 championship. She earned her degree in sport leadership from VCU’s Center of Sport Leadership in 2019. 

“I’m honored for the opportunity to lead the VCU Women’s Tennis program,” Segnini said in a statement. 

The Sao Carlos, Brazil, native was the head coach at Winthrop, her alma mater, last season. She previously was an assistant coach with the Eagles, helping the team to its first NCAA tournament victory.  

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