Cristina Moros Named UTEP Tennis Head Coach
Aug. 11, 2014
EL PASO, Texas - Director of Athletics Bob Stull named Cristina Moros as UTEP's women's tennis head coach on Monday. Moros succeeds Myriam Sopel, who held the position during the 2014 spring season.
"We're excited about the future of UTEP Tennis under Cristina's leadership," Stull said. "She was one of the top players in the country at the University of Texas, a team captain and member of a national championship team. Her coaching career has been equally as stellar as she worked with Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic as juniors and later was part of a top-20 team at Oklahoma. She brings over 15 years of coaching experience and over 10 years of tennis director experience to El Paso. She is a perfect fit to take our program to the next level."
"I am extremely honored to be named the next women's tennis head coach at UTEP," Moros said. "I would like to thank Director of Athletics Bob Stull and Senior Associate Athletic Director Jeff Darby for trusting and believing in my vision for the program. I would also like to thank President Dr. Diana Natalicio for welcoming me to the UTEP family.
"The UTEP athletic program is a proven powerhouse in Conference USA and beyond. Given the incredible resources and outstanding academics that UTEP offers, these girls have everything that they need to succeed both on and off the court."
The native of Austin, Texas, returns to the Lone Star State after serving as associate head coach at Oklahoma (2012-14). Moros was named the 2014 ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The Sooners advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships this spring, finishing with a 17-7 overall record and a 6-3 mark in Big 12 action. They ended the year ranked 20th in the nation and were as high as 14th in March.
Moros was the Big XII representative on the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Committee the last two years.
"We are thrilled for Cristina that she is now realizing her dream of becoming a head coach," Oklahoma women's tennis head coach David Mullins said. "She has been more than ready and prepared to take on this challenge for quite some time, and I have no doubt she will bring a lot of success to the UTEP women's tennis program on and off the court."
The Miners will begin the fall season Sept. 12-14 at the Aggies Women's Invitational in Las Cruces.
Moros competed at the University of Texas (1995-99) and was a member of the 1995 National Championship squad. She was a three-time team captain and earned All-American status five times. Moros was named Big 12 Conference Co-Player of the Year in 1997. She is ranked no. 5 in program history with a .750 singles winning percentage (117-39) and no. 3 in doubles with a 107-29 (.787) record. Moros garnered a #1 ITF junior doubles world ranking as a player and was also rated in the top-20 in singles action.
She graduated from Texas in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications.
Prior to coaching in Norman, Okla., Moros was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater from 2009-11. She was also Director of High Performance at Advantage Doyle Tennis Academy (2010-11) and Austin Tennis Academy (2006-10) in Austin.
Previously she served as Academy and Private Coach at the prestigious Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. (1999-2001), where she coached Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic among others, and Academy Co-Director at the Roddick Moros International Tennis Academy in San Antonio.