Director of Tennis Steve Moore brought a wealth of experience and success to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi when he returned in 2006. Moore has been the recruiting coordinator at three schools that reached the Top 25 nationally - Texas A&M, Texas Tech and SMU. Moore has taken 15 teams to the NCAA Championships as a head coach or assistant, including seven with Texas A&M - Corpus Christi since 2008.
Moore was named the 2013 ITA Texas Coach of the Year by his peers, an award that includes every Division I coach in Texas. Moore was also elected to serve on the NCAA National Tennis Committee, and was also voted as the ITA Chairman for NCAA Division I schools in the state of Texas. Moore has been named Southland Conference Coach of the Year nine straight years, a record for Southland Conference coaches in any sport. He signed a long-term contract to keep him as the Islanders Director of Tennis through 2017.
In 2015, the Islanders men’s team made their sixth appearance in the NCAAs in the last eight years, their third consecutive trip, and earned a No. 3 seed. The Islanders, who were ranked as high as No. 40 in the ITA Division I rankings during the season, clinched their seventh overall Southland Tournament title in program history and eighth consecutive Southland regular-season title. The team also clinched the 49th Annual H-E-B Tournament of Champions title, the longest running, and perhaps most prestigious, team tournament in the United States.
Moore was one of only three coaches in NCAA Divsion I to have two teams competing in the NCAA Team Championships in 2014. The Islanders were one of only 39 universities in NCAA Division I to have two teams competing in the 2014 Tournament. Both teams earned an automatic bid after clinching the Southland Conference regular season and tournament crowns.
Both Islanders teams were ranked in the Top 10 in NCAA Division I in attendance during 2013, 2014 and 2015, 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.
The Islanders men’s team is 49-3 under Moore in SLC matches since 2007. The men have been ranked in the Top 70 of the national poll for nine straight years, with a program high of No. 32 in 2007. The Islanders received their highest ranking since 2009 in 2015 with a No. 40 ranking. The men’s team has gone to the NCAA Tennis Team Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Both the men’s and women’s teams 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.
2013 was a breakout year for the Islanders women’s team, reaching No. 60 in the nation, making the finals of the SLC tournament and finishing second in the regular season. The team fell just one match short of going to the NCAA Team Championships. In 2014, the Islanders clinched their first SLC regular-season title and earned their first trip to the NCAA Team Championships after winning their first Southland Tournament title.
Since becoming Director of Tennis, Moore has upgraded both programs in numerous ways. Under Moore’s leadership, the programs have added two full-time assistants, the highly acclaimed Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center, purchased the rights to the prestigious HEB Tournament of Champions and added an officially-sanctioned ITA fall tournament for both teams. Moore has also raised significant funds from the Corpus Christi tennis community to benefit both teams.
In 1998, Moore left 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 immediately put the Islanders on the map with a 45-17 record and 15-3 SLC mark in the first three years. He was one of the youngest NCAA Division I head coaches in the country at age 26. Moore was also significantly involved in fundraising for the men’s team.
Moore left the Island when SMU offered him the head women’s coaching job in 2001. He immediately 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 No. 42 nationally. Moore’s Mustangs went undefeated in the WAC the following year. Moore worked double duty also serving as men’s assistant and helped SMU reach the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and No. 5 in the nation. Moore was also heavily involved in fundraising for SMU. He raised the money to create an assistant coach position and started the Volvo Car Coach program for the entire athletic department.
In 2004, Moore left SMU to become assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M under Hall-of-Fame Coach Tim Cass. Moore saw the Aggies reached the NCAA Sweet 16 and No. 9 nationally in his first year. A&M also signed the No. 1 player in the United States, hosted the NCAA Championships and led the nation in attendance.
After back-to-back Top 20 seasons, Moore left the Aggies to return to his hometown and to the Islanders team he started in 2006. In his 19 years of coaching, Moore has seen two separate schools reach the Top 10 nationally and six players reach the Top 10 in the NCAA singles rankings.
Moore played on tennis scholarships at North Texas and Abilene Christian. While at ACU, Moore was team captain and ranked nationally ranked in singles. He also competed on the professional satellite circuit after college.