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Our Team

Oscar Beich is the Director of Tennis at Bolt Tennis Academy. Oscar is an extremely accomplished collegiate tennis player. As a junior, he was ranked top 100 nationally. His success as a junior led him to a D-1 scholarship at Illinois State University. Oscar was Captain of his D-1 team and led them to become Missouri Valley Conference champions for the first time in his school’s history.


He has a very eclectic background off the court. In Oscar’s first career, he set his sights on education where he was a high school teacher. He later transitioned to a Zoologist, caring for penguins to giraffes for almost a decade. Even working in other fields, he kept tennis a large priority in his life for years by coaching high level competitive players. Oscar decided he wanted his passion for tennis to become his career and that is when he decided to leave all else aside and focus solely on developing Tennis players of all levels and ability.


Oscar’s unique career pathway makes him invaluable on the court. He has melded his practical knowledge in life and applies this to his coaching. He is great communicator and can easily identify with each player. His adaptability allows him to pinpoint their array of needs from technical issues, shot selection to mental toughness to building character. He can reach his players by putting into practice all he has learned from his tennis accomplishments and life.


Buddy Strawn was Oscar’s first Coach and brought him from Recreational tennis enthusiast to top D-1 player and Captain. When Oscar had to chose a Co-Director, no resume received could top the experience he felt Buddy could bring to the Academy. Oscar and Buddy have been working on court together for over 20 years. Over 20 years working together, they have accomplished great results. Buddy and Oscar decided to join forces once again and combine all of their knowledge and resources. Buddy has over 40 years experience coaching all levels and 2 decades as a D-1 coach for both Illinois State and St. Louis Universities. His insight and expertise of the game help mold and shape the players to improve at a rapid pace. Players from all over the nation, including ATP players, come for Buddy’s expertise.

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