CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders men's tennis player Peter Nagy and Director of Tennis Steve Moore were recognized by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Thursday, Aug. 8, for their accomplishments and honor they have brought this year to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and The Texas A&M University System.
"It's only natural to work as hard as you can when you truly love a place," Moore said. "President Killebrew, Dr. Hill, and Scott Lazenby have been incredibly supportive to me as has the Corpus Christi tennis community.
"This school and tennis community are truly special and there's not a place in the country I would rather be," Moore continued. "I always believe these awards are about the team, the group of coaches – who are all former Islanders team captains – and the staff I work with in the athletic department. They have all poured their heart and soul into working for the success of this team. I love the staff I work with and the culture we have built together. The Islanders – and the Islanders Way – are truly special."
Moore, the 2013 Southland Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, became the first coach ever to be named the Southland Conference Tennis Coach of the Year seven straight times and tied the record for most consecutive Coach of the Year awards in any league sport. He led the Islanders men's team to its sixth straight conference regular-season championship, reached the top 65 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings for the seventh consecutive year, and returned to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last six years.
On May 15, Moore was named the ITA Coach of the Year for the Texas Region, an honor voted on by other coaches throughout the state of Texas. He also led the Islanders women's team to its best finish in school history, both for the regular season and postseason. The Islanders entered the ITA national rankings for the first time in program history, reached the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament, and finished second in the league during the regular season.
Under Moore, both programs were included in the top 10 in NCAA Division I attendance and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was one of only 34 universities in the nation to have both teams ranked in the top 75 during the week of March 5, 2013. In 2012-13, eight combined members of the men's and women's tennis teams earned All-Southland Conference honors. The Islanders also excelled in the classroom with both teams achieving a GPA above 3.0.
Nagy is the reigning Southland Conference Player of the Year and became the first Islander to take part in the NCAA Men's Singles Championships in program history last season after winning the conference championship at No. 1 singles and being ranked in the top 125 singles players in the nation. The sophomore was a First Team All-Southland selection for both singles and doubles, and completed his spring 16-4 in the dual match season, with two of those wins coming against nationally-ranked opponents.
The Budapest, Hungary, native finished with a perfect 5-0 record in Southland Conference matches at the No. 1 singles position, never losing a set throughout league play. In the fall, he lost just one match, winning the Marco & Co. Islanders Open and the Rice Galleria Fall Invite, both ITA-sanctioned events, while reaching the Round of 16 at the ITA Tournament. Nagy was ranked in the ITA national singles rankings with his highest ranking of the season coming at No. 88 on May 2.
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