Dan Oosterhous enters his 9th season as the head coach of the Air Force Academy men’s tennis team. He has led the Falcons to an 80-112 career record, including a 4-4 match record over service-academy rivals Army West Point and the Naval Academy.
In the 2016-7 season, Oosterhous’ team finished with an 8-17 record which included the Falcon’s first-ever road Mountain West conference win. On Apr 9th in Boise, Idaho, the Falcons defeated four-time Mountain West Conference champion Boise State, 4-2. Team captain, Lucas Fumagalli, received national recognition as the ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship and Leadership Award winner.
Oosterhous’ career coaching highlights include a win over #49 nationally-ranked BYU in 2013 and the highest-ever team ranking for the Air Force Academy at #63 in Feb 2013. He has coached 5 players to all-conference honors including Lance Wilhelm (’13), Grant Taylor (’15), Jack McCullers (’16), Lucas Fumagalli (’17) and Tadhg Collins (’19). In the 2013 season, Lance Wilhelm had four wins over nationally-ranked players and finished the season ranked 78th, the second-highest ever for an Air Force Academy tennis player.
Under Oosterhous’ leadership, the Falcons have also been impressive in the classroom. Six players have earned All-Academic Mountain West honors, Brett Rodgers (’10), Sam Barnes (’13), Alex Grubbs (’14), Steven Young (’14), Lucas Fumagalli (’17), and Nicholas Carpenter (’17). In addition, three of his players have been named MW Scholar-Athletes, Mike Tope (’12), Fumagalli (’17), and Carpenter (’17). In 2017, Lucas Fumagalli became the Air Force Academy’s first-ever three-time Academic All-American. In addition, three of Oosterhous’ players have received the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the ITA Mountain region, Taylor (’15), McCullers (’16), and Fumagalli (’17).
During the 2013 season, Oosterhous suffered two brain stem strokes that resulted in a substantial loss of function in his left arm and leg. Since then, Oosterhous has made significant strides in his recovery, owing much to the support of his three children, Emma (20), Anna (18) and Andrew (16) and the rehabilitative power of competition. Oosterhous has fueled his recovery through opportunities in adaptive sports as a member of the 2014 Air Force Wounded Warrior team and a member of the 2014 and 2016 USA Invictus Games team. Oosterhous has earned medals in swimming at the 2014 Warrior Games and in cycling at the 2016 Invictus Games. In 2014, he received USAFA’s General Mal Wakin Character and Leadership Award for his inspirational work with cadets and resiliency during recovery.
Oosterhous, a native of Texarkana, Texas, graduated from USAFA in 1993 and remains one of the best tennis players in the team’s history. Oosterhous ranks fifth on the all-time list for most wins at #1 singles and second on the career list at #1 doubles. He was selected to the all-conference team all four years and received the team’s Most Valuable Player award three times. During his 21-year Air Force career, Oosterhous accumulated over 3,100 hours as an instructor pilot in three aircraft: the C-5, C-21 and T-53.