Dan Oosterhous Wins Prestigious Wakin Award
March 1, 2014
by Amber Baillie
The Academy's men's tennis coach was named the 2014 Brig. Gen. Malham M. Wakin Character and Leadership Award winner during the National Character and Leadership Symposium here Feb. 27.
Throughout his recovery process, Oosterhous continually set and accomplished his rehabilitation goals to get back to his duties at the Academy as soon as possible. He also inspired family members, co-workers and players from his team by sharing his journey on an online blog.
In August 2013 he returned to the Academy to coach his team part-time and traveled with them to half of their scheduled matches. Through his adversity, Oosterhous has mentored cadets is working toward traveling full-time with his team and teaching physical education in this spring.
Oosterhous was also a regular supporter of the Wounded Warrior Program's adaptive sports camps, during which he shared his challenges on the road to recovery.
The Wakin award, named for Brig. Gen. Malham Wakin, is presented annually to the individual or team making the greatest contribution to cadet character development during the previous calendar year. Nominees are considered for significant contributions to cadet character development, conspicuous moral courage, great personal sacrifice, conduct above and beyond the requirements of duty, and leadership and professionalism in keeping with the highest ideals of Air Force tradition. Wakin served as vice-dean and as head of the Philosophy and Fine Arts Department from 1959-1995.