July 15, 2010

CONTRACTS PENNED FOR THREE VETERAN COACHES

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Three veteran coaches continue their careers with the Islanders athletic program under new 3-year contracts penned recently by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Women's Basketball Coach Robert Robinson joins Director of Track and Field Shawn Flanagan, who also is the head coach for Women's Cross Country, and Director of Tennis Steve Moore in entering into three more years of coaching beginning with the 2010-11 athletic season.

"I'm very proud of what these three coaches have accomplished on behalf of Islander athletics," said Director of Athletics Tim Fitzpatrick. "Not only are they very strong teachers, strategists and recruiters in their respective sports, but they are also dedicated role models who have very high expectations for the student-athletes they coach-academically, socially and competitively.

"Our contractual commitment to each of them recognizes not only their success on behalf of our university and athletic program, but also our belief that they understand and embrace our mission as a department." Fitzpatrick added.

Robinson goes into his fifth season at the helm of women's basketball, a program he joined eight years ago. In the 2009-10 season, he led the Islanders to the most wins in school history with a 24-11 record. After falling in the Southland Conference title game to Lamar University, Robinson's team was selected for the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational, reaching the semifinals.

In Robinson's past four seasons, the Islanders have reached the Southland Conference Tournament each campaign and have won at least one game in the tournament in three out of four appearances. Robinson has amassed 62 victories during this time and is quickly closing in on former coach Jodi Kest's school record of 73 wins.

Flanagan is the senior member of the Islander coaching staff, having built both the men's and women's track and field programs from scratch. His women's cross country teams have won the past three Southland Conference titles with four Independent Championships prior to those.

A specialist in distance running, Flanagan mentored star runner Shadrack Songok to three national titles on the track and multiple appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. On the women's side he guided Anne Ronoh to back-to-back appearances at the national cross country meet. This season, Kassandrea Son became the first female Islander to reach the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, competing in the long jump.

Moore recently completed his fourth season as the head coach for men's tennis and his third season directing women's tennis. In that time, the Corpus Christi native has been named the Southland Conference Tennis Men's Coach of the Year on four occasions. From 2007-09, Moore's men's teams have achieved the second-best average national ranking of 36th among NCAA Division I-AAA schools.

In women's tennis, Moore's involvement in rebuilding the program has resulted in back-to-back appearances in the Southland Conference Tournament. This past season the women claimed the No. 6-seed in the Southland Tournament.