Dan Oosterhous enters his sixth season as the men's tennis coach at the Air Force Academy after being named the program's 12th head coach on October 1, 2009. Oosterhous, a 1993 graduate of the Academy, replaced legendary head coach Rich Gugat, who retired after 36 years at the helm of the men's tennis program.
Oosterhous, one of the best tennis players in program history, led the Falcons to a 13-12 record last season, its first winning season since 2006 and the most wins in one campaign since 2005. The Falcons also achieved their highest national rank in program history at No. 63 and finished the season ranked eighth in the Mountain Region, their best finish since 2005.
The coach also led his team to two of the biggest victories in recent years. The Falcons defeated 49th-ranked BYU 4-3 at home early in the season, the first time AFA beat a ranked team since Feb. 4, 2005, a 4-3 win over 55th-ranked Nebraska. That match was part of a streak that helped the Falcons jump out to a 12-2 record, their best start since 13-1 in 2003. Also during that span was a 4-2 victory over service-academy rival Army.
After the great start, the Falcons won just one of their final matches, but it came at the expense of Mountain West newcomer Utah State. Air Force's 5-2 win over the Aggies was its first regular-season conference victory since defeating Utah 5-2 on April 12, 2003.
Oosterhous enters the 2014-15 campaign with a 55-65 career mark, including a 3-1 mark against service-academy rival Army.
His team finished the `12-13 campaign ranked ninth in the Mountain Region and Lance Wilhelm became the first Falcon since Shannon Buck in 2006 to achieve a national ranking, finishing the campaign ranked 78th nationally and fourth in the Mountain Region. Wilhelm also paired with Grant Taylor for a No. 5 regional ranking in doubles. Wilhelm received All-Mountain West honors for singles and doubles along with Taylor for the second consecutive year.
The Falcons have been impressive off the court as well in Oosterhous' five seasons. He has had three players (Alex Grubbs, Steven Young and Lucas Fumagalli) named academic all-Mountain West last season, while Fumagalli and Nicholas Carpenter were named MW scholar-athletes.
In addition to coaching, Oosterhous was an active instructor pilot in the Air Force Academy's Powered Flight Program. The program, available to all cadets during their senior year, provides exposure to the aviation career field and gives cadets their first experience flying a single-engine aircraft, with an opportunity to solo to T-52 aircraft at the end of the program.
Oosterhous returned to the Academy from Scott AFB, Ill., where he was the Chief of the Program Objective Memorandum branch and Executive Officer to the Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements, and Programs. In this capacity he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and presenting Air Mobility Command's appropriated budget consisting of 240 Mobility Air Force programs valued at over $110 billion. While at Scott AFB, he completed two deployment tours in Southwest Asia and most recently returned from Baghdad, Iraq, serving as an advisor to the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority. He successfully transitioned U.S. Air Force control of civil aviation operations back to Iraqi sovereignty for the first time since 2003.
The coach is one of the best tennis players to graduate from the Air Force Academy. Oosterhous, the 1989 Texas High School 5A state singles champion, is fifth on the Academy's career list with 56 wins at the No. 1 singles position and second on the career list with 57 victories at the No. 1 doubles position. As a senior, Oosterhous posted an outstanding 22-3 singles record at the No. 1 position, the fourth best single-season winning percentage (.880) at that spot in program history.
As co-captain, he led the Falcons to a phenomenal 25-2 dual match record in 1993, the best mark in the 53-year history of Air Force tennis. That season he earned his third team MVP award, one of just seven players in the program to win the award at least three times. He was also selected to the all-conference team in each of his four seasons at AFA and received the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for Region VII.
Oosterhous graduated from USAFA in 1993 with athletic distinction and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he remained at the Academy as assistant men's tennis coach for the 1994 season and was the 1993 DOD Interservice Men's Singles champion.
Oosterhous then completed Euro-NATO Joint Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, followed by assignment as C-21 Instructor Pilot and Chief of Training for the 457th Airlift Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md. He then served as C-5 Instructor Pilot and Chief Wing Air Mobility Director at Travis AFB, Calif.
Oosterhous earned his master's degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology by completing the Advanced Study of Air Mobility program and then served as C-5 Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the 3rd Airlift Squadron and Senior Wing Executive Officer at the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover AFB, Del., before transferring to Scott AFB.
Oosterhous, a native of Texarkana, Texas, is a senior pilot with over 3,100 hours in the C-5, C-21, T-38, and T-37. He has three children, Emma (17), Anna (15) and Andrew (13).