July 13, 2012
Air Force men's tennis coach Dan Oosterhous announced today the two players that will make up the Falcons' class of 2016. Jack McCullers (San Marcos, CA) and Andrew Parks (McKinney, TX) arrived for Basic Cadet Training on Thursday, June 28, marking the beginning of the four-year journey to become officers in the United States Air Force.
"We're adding another talented class to the men's tennis team," said Oosterhous. "More importantly, we have added two fine young men that will make great Air Force officers."
For the third consecutive season, the freshman class of AF men's tennis team has been recognized by the premier junior tennis ranking website, tennisrecruiting.net, as having one of the nation's top mid-major recruiting classes.
Air Force returns 10 of 11 players from last year's roster, only graduating Mike Tope, who will return for the fall season as a graduate assistant before starting pilot training in 2013. The Falcons will also have a new assistant coach for the 2012-13 campaign as assistant coach Chris Williams accepted the head women's tennis coach position at Bradley University.
Hometown: San Marcos, CA
High School: Mission Hills HS
Before Air Force
Four-year letterwinner in tennis in high school ... two-time league MVP ... first-team all-league selection all four years ... recorded school's first CIF tournament victories ... placed sixth at the Southern California Boys 18 sectional tournament ... finished 2011 ranked 29th in Southern California ... highest 2012 tennisrecruiting.net ranking was #118 ... high school tennis coach was David Lavine.
Parents are mark and Tracy McCullers ... future plans include working in Washington D.C, as an Air Force officer ... hobbies include movies and hanging out with friends ... favorite food is pizza ... favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird ... plays "Happy Jack" by The Who on his I-pod prior to matches ... favorite movie is Star Wars ... person in history he would most like to meet is Mark Hamill ... greatest moment in sports was defeating the top-ranked junior player in Southern California ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing tennis when he was six years old ... favorite professional tennis player is Roger Federer.
Hometown: McKinney, TX
High School: Austin Tennis Academy College Prep
Before Air Force
Four-year letterwinner in tennis ... ranked in the top 25 in Boys 16 and top 30 in Boys 18 at the Super Championship level in Texas ... helped his junior team win the USTA Team Tennis national championship in 2011 ... high school tennis coach was Doug Davis.
Parents are Steve and Ellen Parks ... has one sister, Meredith ... planning to major in biology ... would like to become an orthopedic surgeon in the future ... also recruited by Trinity and Villanova ... hobbies include golf and playing the piano ... favorite food is sushi ... favorite book is Unbroken ... plays Elton John, Survivor and Katy Perry on his I-pod prior to matches ... favorite movie is Rocky ... person in history he would most like to meet is Pete Sampras ... credits his parents and tennis coaches with the biggest influence on his sports career ... favorite professional tennis player is Novak Djokovic.