Since taking over as Arkansas State's head coach before the 2009-10 season, Justin Kostick has turned the A-State women's bowling program into a perennial national title contender.
The team has made 10 straight NCAA Championship appearances with the last eight coming under Kostick's leadership after he was named the second head coach in Arkansas State women's bowling history. He owns a 664-275 (.707) record in eight seasons and has recorded two national semifinalist finishes in the NCAA Tournament, along with six finishes tied for fifth place. Overall, Kostick has coached 21 NTCA All-Americans, won 12 regular-season tournaments, and had 90 all-tournament selections during his eight-year tenure at A-State.
A-State compiled the third most wins in school history after going 86-38 during the 2016-17 campaign. The Red Wolves claimed the Warhawk Classic and Big Red Invitational titles along with four second-place finishes, including runner-up at the Southland Bowling League Tournament held in Jonesboro for the first time. The squad concluded its season in a tie for fifth place at the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.
Jordan Richard blossomed in her junior season under Kostick's tutelage by winning the NTCA Division I Player of the Year and earning First-Team All-American honors. Additionally, Haley Richard and Jadee Scott-Jones were named Second-Team All-American and Third-Team All-American, respectively. Richard claimed a school-record seven All-Tournament nods, while tying the school record with four MVP awards. As a team, Kostick helped A-State register 13 All-Tournament selections.
The Red Wolves compiled an 85-36 mark during the 2015-16 season and won two tournaments during the season, including its first Southland Bowling League Championship March 25-26 with the other tournament win coming during the Music City Classic the week before. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished in a tie for fifth place in the event for the third consecutive season.
A-State had a school-record four players selected NTCA All-America in 2015-16 with Jordan Richard picking up first-team honors, Brooke Wood earning second-team accolades, Stephanie Mims claiming third-team recognition, and Haley Richard registering honorable mention honors. The team also had a school-record 15 all-tournament selections. The Red Wolves finished no lower than sixth in any competition with finishes of third or better in seven of its 10 tournaments.
The 2014-15 season was another successful season for Kostick's A-State squad as the team piled up 76 wins and finished second in four tournaments, including a runner-up finish in the team's host tournament, the Mid-Winter Invitational. The Red Wolves advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive season and finished in a tie for fifth place for the second straight campaign.
The team accumulated nine all-tournament selections throughout the 2014-15 season, including five by Sarah Lokker. Lokker earned first-team All-American honors to give her four for her career (two first-team, one second-team, and one third-team), making her the only player in school history to be selected to a NTCA All-American team all four years at A-State. Additionally, Brooke Wood and Jadee Scott-Jones were named NTCA All-American Honorable Mention selections.
Most recently in the 2013-14 season, the Red Wolves enjoyed their most successful campaign with Kostick at the helm by registering a 98-32 overall record. The 98 wins is the school record for victories in a season, while the team earned 91 regular-season wins, which also set a new school record for regular-season victories. A-State was also ranked first in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Coaches Poll and NTCA Media Poll three consecutive times from December to April, earning its first No. 1 ranking since 2012 and marking the first time in school history the Red Wolves were atop consecutive polls. Arkansas State registered a 7-3 record in the NCAA Tournament, but finished in a tie for fifth place after going 1-2 during bracket play.
The school records didn't stop there for the Red Wolves as Sarah Lokker was named the 2013-14 NTCA Division I Player of the Year, making her the first A-State player to ever win the award. Lokker, along with Ashley Rucker were named First-Team NTCA All-Americans, marking the first time the Red Wolves placed multiple players on the first team in school history while Amanda Labossiere earned honorable mention honors. Kostick earned the highest honor a coach can receive in NCAA women's bowling by taking home his second NTCA Coach of the Year award. During the regular-season A-State won four tournaments to set another school record.
In the 2012-13 season, Kostick led A-State to a 91-34 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament semifinals, tying the highest finish the program has had under Kostick. The Red Wolves won one tournament during the regular season and had two NTCA All-Americans.
Kostick won his first NTCA Division I Coach of the Year award after the 2011-12 season. Arkansas State won two regular-season tournaments and finished 84-29 with a tie for fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship Tournament. Three Red Wolves earned All-American honors, tied for the most in school history at the time.
During Kostick's second season, the Red Wolves went 65-32 and finished in a tie for fifth place at the NCAA Tournament. A-State won one regular-season tournament and placed one player on the NTCA All-American teams. Kostick also experienced immediate success when his first team recorded a 79-40 record and finished as a semifinalist in the NCAA Tournament. Two players earned NTCA All-American honors in his first year as head coach.
Prior to being named Arkansas State's head coach, Kostick served as the head men's bowling coach at the University of Nebraska from 2004-06, leading the Cornhuskers to a top-five finish at the 2004 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships, three other tournament titles and six second-place tournament finishes.
An accomplished bowler, Kostick boasts five perfect games, two of which were back-to-back. He has posted a high series of 825 and is a two-time Washington State Champion at the Pepsi Youth Championships. In 1997, he finished eighth at the National Pepsi Youth Championships. In 1998, Kostick won the Junior Olympic Gold Qualifier tournament and placed 45th at the Junior Olympic Gold tournament later that year. He competed for the University of Nebraska men's bowling team from 1999-2004 and was coached by two-time PBA Champion Bill Straub.
He and his wife, Christina, were married in 2009, and they have two sons named Michael and Christopher.
|Kostick Coaching Record|
|2009-10||Arkansas State||79-40||.664||0||10||2||NCAA Tournament Semifinalist|
|2010-11||Arkansas State||65-32||.670||1||5||1||T-5th Place NCAA Tournament|
|2011-12||Arkansas State||84-29||.743||2||13||3||T-5th Place NCAA Tournament|
|2012-13||Arkansas State||91-34||.728||1||11||2||NCAA Tournament Semifinalist|
|2013-14||Arkansas State||98-32||.754||4||14||3||T-5th Place NCAA Tournament|
|2014-15||Arkansas State||76-34||.691||0||9||3||T-5th Place NCAA Tournament|
|2015-16||Arkansas State||85-36||.702||2||15||4||T-5th Place NCAA Tournament|
|2016-17||Arkansas State||86-38||.694||2||13||3||T-5th Place NCAA Tournament|