Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous
Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous enters his fifth 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 has led the Falcons to an 11-13 record each of the last two seasons. He enters the 2013-14 campaign with a 42-53 career mark, including a 2-1 mark against service-academy rival Army.
His team finished the `12-13 campaign ranked ninth in the Mountain Region, the best season finish since 2005. In addition, Lance Wilhelm became the first Falcon since Shannon Buck in 2006 to acheive 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' three seasons. He has had four players (Brett Rodgers, Sam Barnes, Steven Young and Landon Kinsey) named academic all-Mountain West Conference, while senior Mike Tope was named an MWC scholar-athlete for four straight years.
In addition to coaching, Oosterhous is 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).