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Air Force Names Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous as Men’s Tennis Coach

Oosterhous, Dan

Courtesy: Air Force Athletics

USAFA, Colo. – Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous (pronounced OO-stir-house) has been named the new men's tennis coach at the Air Force Academy, according to Air Force Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh. Oosterhous, a 1993 graduate of the Academy, is the 12th head coach in program history and replaces legendary head coach Rich Gugat, who is retiring after 36 years at the helm of the men’s tennis program.

"I am truly honored to return to the Air Force Academy and follow in the footsteps of my coach and mentor, Rich Gugat,” said Oosterhous. "Coach Gugat not only put Air Force tennis on the map, he built the program into one of the best in the country and produced some of the best leaders the United States Air Force has to offer. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity and I look forward to continuing the strong legacy of Air Force tennis and developing our next generation of Air Force officers."

Oosterhous returns 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 new coach is one of the best tennis players to graduate from the Air Force Academy. He 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 ITA/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 3,000 hours in the C-5, C-21, T-38, and T-37. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Allison, and they have three children, Emma (13), Anna (11), and Andrew (9).