Walter Henry Oehrlein
Walter Henry Oehrlein



Class of 1965
Squash/Men's Tennis

The only individual national champion in the history of Army's squash program, Walter Oehrlein closed out his brilliant career with the 1965 crown. A two-sport star at the Academy, Oehrlein earned three varsity letters each in squash and tennis.

Oehrlein led Army to national runnerup finishes in squash in both 1964 and 1965. Over his three campaigns with the varsity, the Black Knights posted a 32-9 (.780) record and forged three successive victories over arch-rival Navy. The 1964 squad was 12-2, having won a dozen consecutive matches en route to a single-season Academy record for victories.

The tennis team enjoyed similar success during Oehrlein's tenure, compiling a three-year mark of 40-8 (.833). Oehrlein, who served as team captain in 1965, advanced to the NCAA Tournament in singles and doubles in both 1963 and 1964.

Oehrlein, enshrined in the College Squash Association Hall of Fame in 1998, served a three-year stint as head men's tennis coach at Air Force (1969-71), where he helped the Falcons to a 38-28 (.576) record.

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