Felix Oskam enters into his eighth season as head coach of the Red Raider soccer program after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Tech in 1995 and 1996. Oskam is the school's second head coach in the program's eight-year history.
His vast soccer experience and knowledge of the school and program made him an obvious choice to lead the Red Raider squad into tough, nationally-ranked Big 12 Conference play.
A native of Soest, The Netherlands, Oskam played 12 years of club ball in Holland before being recruited to play for the University of North Texas. During his collegiate years, he helped guide the Eagles to their first national ranking. Oskam was a four-year letterwinner at UNT and a two-time Texas Collegiate Soccer League All-Star selection.
"I think my playing background helps, but you can be a professional soccer player and not be a very good coach and vice versa," says Oskam. "You have to be able to teach. Coaching is teaching. We are teachers in shorts."
As an assistant coach at Tech, Oskam aided the young program in making significant strides. In 1995, Oskam helped lead the Red Raiders to a third-place finish in the former Southwest Conference and a ninth-place ranking in the NSCAA Central Region as Tech advanced to the second round of the lone SWC Championship. In 1996, the Red Raiders finished fourth in the Big 12 and were ranked as high as eighth in the Central Region. Also, Tech qualified for the inaugural Big 12 Conference soccer championship.
In his first year as head coach, Oskam led the Red Raiders to a 7-11 record, 4-6 in Big 12 action. Under Oskam's leadership, Tech players such as Kristy Frantz, who was selected to the NSCAA All-Central Region and All-Big 12 teams in 1997, have started to gain national recognition.
Prior to being an assistant coach at Tech, Oskam served for three years as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of Tulsa. During the 1993 season, the Tulsa women's program was ranked as high as 11th and finished the year as the #18 team in the country. In 1991, Tulsa's men's team achieved a regional ranking of number two and a national ranking of 17. Two years later, the Tulsa men's team finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference behind Creighton, who was ranked the top team in the nation. Oskam also worked as a staff coach for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Oklahoma and coached the Blackwatch '80 girls select team in Tulsa.
Oskam holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" license and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Over the past several years, he attended several international coaching clinics that included FIFA licensed instructors.
A 1981 graduate of North Texas in Denton, Oskam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. In May of 1993, he received a Master of Science degree in sports management from the University of Tulsa.
Oskam's wife, Judy, is an associate professor in the Mass Communication Department at Texas Tech and they have two daughters, Danielle and Jessica