CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Director of Tennis Steve Moore will represent the Islanders and the Southland Conference nationally starting in September, as he has been named to the Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Committee. Moore is one of just six coaches nationally to be selected to the prestigious position.
"This is a tremendous honor," Moore said. "To have an opportunity to serve the college tennis community – something that I hold so much passion for and that has been the center of my life for so long – is so special to me. I'm so grateful and am very humbled that I was selected. I will pour my heart and soul into doing everything within my power to continue to improve the intercollegiate tennis landscape."
Tim Cass, currently the Senior Associate Athletic Director for the University of New Mexico and Moore's former mentor at Texas A&M, thought Moore's selection was a no-brainer.
"Steve is a great young mind in college tennis," Cass said. "This is great for him and it's a nod to the respect he carries among his fellow coaches in the business. He'll do a great job representing his region and collegiate tennis as a whole nationwide."
This is the second major committee in which Moore will serve in a leadership position. The Corpus Christi native is also an ITA national chairman that oversees all schools in Texas.
"Steve Moore is one of the best college coaches in the nation – not just in the sport of tennis, but among all sports," Islanders Interim Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. "His work ethic and passion are unparalleled in the world of college tennis, so we're not surprised that he's been selected for this prestigious position. That said, we couldn't be more proud of the fact that he is an ambassador for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and has the opportunity to represent us on a national stage."
Moore's selection to the committee was due in part to his unique experience of having worked at every level of Division I tennis and the fact that he has headed both men's and women's tennis programs. According to Moore, those attributes will bring a unique perspective to the committee.
"There is some great progress that can be made in college tennis that would really take us to another level in terms of growing our sport," he said. "With respect to marketing and growing our fanbase, we're at a crossroads, and with just a few key changes we can bring college tennis into the limelight. I hope I can help in improving the sport that we all love so dearly."