The 2015-16 season will mark Melanie Lowry's 10th year as the head coach of the dance team and her sixth year as the head coach of the cheer team. Prior to joining the Islanders’ staff, Lowry attended Sam Houston State for a year before transferring to Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Lowry was a dance major at Sam Houston State before joining the Islanders dance team.
Under Lowry’s instruction, the Islanders Dance Team made history in 2015 with a program best eighth-place finish out of 25 teams in the Dance Open Division I at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate National Championships. Lowry has advanced three dance teams to the NDA finals in three straight years.
Prior to 2015, the Islanders won the Challenge Cup in 2014 at the NDA Collegiate National Championships. In 2013 the Islanders advanced to the finals in their first year competing and placed 11th overall in Division I.
In 2012 the squad clinched the ADTS Collegiate National Championship. The Islanders placed third in 2011 behind Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin. In 2011, the Islanders also competed at the Showtime International Collegiate Championships and clinched the Grand National Championship. In July of 2011, the dance team earned the top spot at the Division I Home Routine Competition at the UDA Collegiate Camp at Texas State. In April of 2013, the Islanders placed second at the ADTS Collegiate National Championship behind SFA.
The Islanders cheer team has improved under Lowry. In 2014 Lowry's cheer team was the first squad to compete in a collegiate competition. The Islanders won the Co-Ed Intermediate Division I title for their Michael Jackson remix at the Spirit Celebration Collegiate Nationals at the University of North Texas. Prior to that, in 2013 the team topped the University of Oklahoma in the Sideline Competition at UCA Collegiate Camp at Texas State to secure first place. They also placed fifth in the traditional fight song competition.
Lowry is a native of Portland, Texas and has two children, Austin and Aaron.