Megan Harless, a former Islander team captain and No. 1 doubles player for three years in a row, is in her second year as an Islanders assistant coach. Megan was always a favorite of Coach Moore for her incredible fighting spirit as a player, and the great leader she was as a team captain.
“Megan was one of the best team captains we have ever had at any school I’ve coached at, men or women, in 20 years. She led by example in the way she competed and poured her heart and soul into the team. Her leadership was one of the key reasons that the culture of this program became what it is today. Megan coaches with the same work ethic and passion that made her a great captain. You will not find any coach in the country who cares more about her players and the Islander team than Megan Harless. She is developing into a great young coach, and has become a true asset in practice. When she is on the court, there is always great intensity and she runs our drills like clockwork. She has also become a great teacher of the game and is an expert in doubles.
“Megan’s greatest strength may be her ability to create great culture and chemistry on the team, and she always guides the girls in the right direction. She has become a great asset for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Her knowledge of the game is so strong that I ask her to work with the women and men, and she is greatly respected by both. I believe Megan is on a path to becoming a great college tennis coach, and she has definitely found her calling in life.”
Harless played No. 1 doubles on an Islander team that Coach Moore first took over in 2008, and helped the team go from making the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in 2009, finishing sixth in 2010, fourth in 2011 and all the way to third in 2012.
After her transition from player to coach, Harless helped lead the team into the ITA National Rankings for the first time ever in 2013, with the Islanders getting ranked No. 60 in all of Division I in February 2013, and start the season 9-0. All of the above represented the best season in school history five years in a row.