|Title:||Director of Tennis|
Director of Tennis Steve Moore brought a wealth of experience and success back to the position at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi when he filled the position in 2006. Moore has been the recruiting coordinator at three schools that have reached the Top 25 nationally - Texas A&M, Texas Tech and SMU. Moore has taken 12 teams to the NCAA Championships as either a head coach or an assistant coach.
Moore was elected to serve on the NCAA National Tennis Committee, and was also voted as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Chairman for NCAA Division I schools in the state of Texas. Moore has been named Southland Conference Coach of the Year seven straight years, tying the record for Southland Conference coaches in any sport. Moore was recently named ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year by his peers for the 2013 season, an award that includes every Division I coach in Texas.
He signed a long-term contract with the Islanders in 2013, keeping him as the Director of Tennis through 2017.
The Islanders men are 38-3 under Moore in SLC matches since 2007. The men have been ranked in the Top 65 of the ITA National Rankings for seven straight years, with a program high of #32 in 2009. The Islanders have gone to the NCAA Tennis Team Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Both the men and women reached the NCAA Division I national rankings in 2013, making Texas A&M - Corpus Christi one of only 34 universities in the nation to have both teams ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Poll at the same time, and the only university with one head coach over both programs.
The Islanders Men and Women’s Tennis teams, both ranked Top 10 in NCAA Division I in attendance during 2013, as both teams have enjoyed tremendous support in the Corpus Christi community. In addition to their success on the court and in the community, the men and women’s teams have worked just as hard in the classroom, with both holding above a 3.0 team GPA during his time on The Island.
Moore has led the women’s team to their most successful seasons in school history, reaching the Southland Conference tournament for the first time ever in 2009 and finishing as the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament, their then-highest ever conference finish. The team improved each season and culminated with the first ever Southland Conference Tournament win during the 2012 season. In 2013, Moore has continued to improve the team, with the women finishing second in the regular season and reaching the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in school history, falling just one match short of going to the NCAA Team Championships.
Since becoming Director of Tennis, Moore has upgraded both programs in numerous ways. Under Moore’s leadership, the programs have added three full-time assistants, the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center, a new state-of-the-art facility on the Momentum Campus, purchased the rights to the prestigious HEB Tournament of Champions and added an officially-sanctioned ITA fall tournament for the men’s and women’s teams. Moore has also raised significant funds from the Corpus Christi tennis community to benefit both teams.
In 1998, Moore left his assistant coaching position at Texas Tech to become the head coach at A&M-Corpus Christi and did what few coaches have done - start an NCAA Division I program from scratch. Moore coached the Islanders for three years, leading them to a 45-17 overall record and 15-3 mark against Southland Conference teams. He was one of the youngest NCAA Division I head coaches in the country when he was hired at 26 years old. Moore was also significantly involved in fund raising for the men’s team.
The Corpus Christi native left the Island when he was offered the head women’s coaching job at SMU in 2001. In his first year as head coach at SMU, Moore led the Mustangs to their highest win total and conference finish in 14 years - 16 wins and 2nd place in the WAC and reaching as high as #42 nationally. Moore’s team went 19-11 the following year and undefeated in the WAC. He also served as the men’s assistant coach where he helped lead the Mustangs to the Final Four of the NCAA Team Championships in 2001. Moore was also heavily involved in fund raising for the SMU tennis team, raising money to add two new assistant coaching positions. He also helped start the Volvo Car Coach program for the athletic department.
Moore left SMU to become the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M-College Station in 2004. In his first year at A&M, Moore helped the Aggies reach the Sweet 16 at the NCAAs and a ranking as high as No. 9 nationally. A&M also signed the No. 1 ranked junior player in the United States. The Aggies hosted the NCAA Championships that year and led the nation in attendance.
After back-to-back NCAA appearances and back-to-back Top 20 seasons, Moore left the Aggies to return to his hometown and lead the Islander Tennis men’s programs in 2006. After one season, Moore took control of both teams and has continued to take them to new heights each year.
In his fifteen years of coaching, Moore has coached six players who have been ranked Top 10 nationally in the NCAA singles rankings.
Moore played on a tennis scholarship at North Texas and Abilene Christian during his college career. While at ACU, Moore was nationally ranked in singles and was team captain. He also competed on the professional satellite circuit after college.