Since Scott Lazenby joined the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Athletics in 2008, the Islanders have seen tremendous growth – from facilities to fundraising to athletic success. Under his leadership, Islanders Athletics is on the verge of a new golden era.
Lazenby was elevated to Interim Director of Athletics in September 2011, and was named Director of Athletics the following May. Since his inception at the head of the Islanders, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has seen the construction of the Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium as well as significant upgrades to existing facilities Chapman Field and the Fieldhouse.
The crown jewel of the Islanders’ facilities is Dugan Stadium, the permanent home for the newly-founded Islanders Soccer program and the first on-campus home for Islanders Track and Field in that sport’s history. The $8.8 million facility is one of the finest in the region, with coaches offices and state-of-the art locker rooms for both programs as well as an athletic training center, ticket office, seating for 1,000 spectators and a press box/VIP suite that is one of the largest in the state.
The soccer field, comprised of FieldTurf and measuring 73 yards by 117 yards, is enclosed by an IAAF regulation, eight-lane 400-meter track with a steeplechase pit. The facility also consists of two jump pits, two pole vault pits, a shot put area, a hammer/discus area and a javelin area.
Chapman Field saw a complete overhaul of its playing surfaces prior to the 2012 season. Additionally, both the softball and baseball fields saw new permanent seating and signage as well as the addition of lights to the baseball facility, leading to night baseball on the Island for the first time ever.
In the Fieldhouse, the practice home for the Islanders basketball programs and the spirit squads, Lazenby oversaw renovations that included the resurfacing of the practice floor, painting/graphics improvements and refurbished locker rooms. Further improvements to the facility are currently in the planning stage. Since Lazenby joined the senior staff of Islanders Athletics, the department has also seen the construction of top-notch facilities for volleyball (Dugan Wellness Center) and tennis (Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center).
The Islanders have also seen tremendous success on the playing field in Lazenby’s tenure as director of athletics. The 2012-13 academic year saw finishes for volleyball, baseball and women’s tennis that ranked as the best in school history. Men’s tennis also won its seventh consecutive conference championship and head coach Steve Moore was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Coach of the Year.
Locking up strong coaching talent has been a priority for Lazenby, as he inked Moore, baseball coach Scott Malone and volleyball coach Tony Graystone to multi-year contracts in 2012-13. He has also been at the forefront of bringing in high-caliber coaches to the Island University, including 500-game winner Royce Chadwick to lead the women’s basketball program. Lazenby also hired strong, young coaches to lead the Islanders softball and soccer programs in Stephanie Hughes and Shanna Caldwell, respectively.
The Tomball, Texas, native first joined the Island University staff as Associate AD for Compliance, before elevating to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration and Compliance in 2010. In his leadership, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi saw a strong improvement in its compliance with NCAA rules and regulations.
Lazenby previously served as the assistant athletic director for compliance for seven years at Texas State - San Marcos (2001-2008), where he oversaw all NCAA and Southland Conference compliance issues. Prior to traveling to San Marcos, he spent two years at Texas A&M in College Station, where he served as a compliance assistant during the 2000-01 school year. He also served as an advisor in the athletic academic offices from 1999-00.
Lazenby earned both his bachelor's of science and master's degrees in Sport Management from Texas A&M.
Scott and his wife, Holly, have two children, Hunter and Lillie. The Lazenby family currently resides in Flour Bluff.