Holt Rams Tennis


Boys Varsity Head Coach: Russ Olcheske

Russ Olcheske enters his 11th season as the boys varsity tennis coach at Holt High School. He was named the 4th head coach in the history of Holt boys tennis in May of 2007. Olcheske took over the program after the MHSAA switched boys tennis from a spring sport to a fall sport and former coach Mike Smith resigned in order to keep his varsity football head coaching position.

Under Olcheske’s guidance, the Rams have had much success reaching the Division I state finals at Midland in 2010 and 2011 and finishing in 2nd place in the competitive CAAC Blue Division in each of the last two years. In just the last 3 years, Holt has totaled a record of 42-20-6 making the Rams one of the top programs in the greater Lansing area. Last October, the Rams competed in the first ever CAAC Gold Cup Tournament which featured the top 8 teams from all of the CAAC conferences.

During Olcheske’s tenure, Holt has featured numerous all conference and all area players. The 2012 1st doubles team of George Edelman and Robert Hull was named to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team, one of just 3 doubles teams to earn the award that year, as well as 1 singles Joe Gilman in 2014. Additionally, Olcheske’s teams have competed at a high level in the classroom, consistently resulting in all conference academic performers. Olcheske is a member of the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association and serves on its board of directors for the claims committee.

Prior to his time at Holt, Olcheske spent 6 years coaching tennis at Jenison Public Schools. He was the boys junior high coach for 3 seasons, girls junior high coach for 1 season, and the boys JV coach for 3 years. The Jenison boys squad reached the 2006 Division II state finals with many of his former JV players comprising the roster. In addition, he was the director of the Jenison summer tennis academy from 2002-2006, leading the 14 and under team to three straight sectional appearances in Indianapolis, IN.

In addition to his boys tennis coaching duties, Olcheske is also the girls JV tennis coach at Holt, a position he has held since 2011. He has been the director of the Holt Tennis Academy since 2011 and also is involved as an instructor at camps at Michigan State University. He has also been involved in coaching basketball at Holt since 2006, and is currently the boys varsity assistant coach. Last winter, Olcheske helped develop the Holt ping pong club which featured 60 members.

Olcheske has been a teacher at Holt High School since August 2006. He has taught a variety of social studies classes including psychology, U.S. history, World History, Economics, and government. He was responsible for developing an advanced psychology curriculum which was offered to students starting in 2011.

Olcheske is a 2005 graduate of Grand Valley State University where he majored in secondary education/group social studies and minored in psychology. He spent the summer semester in 2004 studying culture and politics in Egypt and Turkey. He earned his masters degree in 2010 in psychology from the University of Phoenix. A 2000 graduate of Hudsonville High School, Olcheske played varsity tennis for 4 years, and also competed in basketball and cross country.

Olcheske was born on May 4, 1982 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Gary and Lori Olcheske. He has one sister(Sara) and a niece(Arianna)

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Boys JV Head Coach: Robert Hull

Robert Hull enters his first year as the Boys and Girls JV Tennis Coach. Hull graduated from Holt High School in 2013 and has been assisting the Holt tennis program since he graduated, assisting with varsity, JV and the middle school/Jr. High program.  Hull currently attends Eastern Michigan University, where he is majoring in Sports Management and minoring in Sports Journalism, and is a part of the Eastern Michigan club tennis team. 

Robert finished his high school playing career all over the Holt tennis record books as one of the most dominant doubles players in Holt history. His senior year he played 1 doubles with George Edelman where they compiled a 24-6 overall record, making them the No. 1 doubles team in Holt High School history. The pair set a school record for the longest win streak in a single season with 21 consecutive wins, which has since been broken. The pair would win a regular season CAAC Blue championship, a Traverse City West Invite championship, a St. Johns Invite championship, and a Holt Invite championship. Hull and Edelman would never lose a match at home, and went 4-0 in third sets all season. Robert and George were named to the 2012 Lansing State Journal Dream Team, the first team to ever be named to the dream team in Holt history. The pair still holds the best record of any 1 doubles team in school history. 

In Robert's junior season he played 3 doubles with Nick Jenks, compiling a 21-9 overall record, which made them the best 3 doubles team in school history; that record has since been broken. Hull and Jenks would win a Holt Invite championship, and finish runner-up in the CAAC Blue tournament after beating East Lansing and losing to Okemos. They would help propel Holt to its seventh state finals appearance in school history after defeating Saginaw Heritage and Midland. Their season would end in the second round of the state finals to Holland West Ottawa. 

Robert set a school record for the best win percentage in school history, of 0.750, which has since been broken. He also would only lose one home match in his entire high school career. 

Robert has held many positions in the field of sports since graduating. He worked as an equipment manager for the Eastern Michigan football team from 2013 to 2015, he became the Eastern Michigan University Student Body President of Athletics for the 2014-15 school year, he worked for the Lansing Lugnuts for two seasons,  and has been a sports writer for the Eastern Echo, Holt Today, and online freelance companies. Over the summer of 2016, he worked as an intern in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, and currently works for the EMU athletic media relations department, and is the IM/Club sports supervisor at EMU. 

In 2015, Hull was named the Society of Collegiate Leadership student of the year at Eastern Michigan. He's a part of the sports management leadership council, and was selected to speak at sport management conferences throughout the country on various topics. Robert also played a part in constructing the first ever college football playoff commercial, which aired on ESPN. He was also received the Eastern Echo Feature Story of the year award in 2015 for a story he did on the EMU football team. 

Hull has also volunteered with the Special Olympics of Michigan, worked as a little league baseball umpire, and done volunteer work at his church. 

Robert enjoys cheering on his favorite teams, the Eastern Michigan Eagles, Michigan Wolverines, and all Detroit sports teams. His favorite tennis player is John Isner, his favorite athlete is Nik Stauskas (Michigan basketball/76ers), and his role model is Derek Jeter. 

Robert was born on June 2, 1995 and attended Horizon Elementary. 

Jr. Rams Head Coach: Jeremy Rook