Altus’ Andrew Tran – Character Counts Presented by Jackson County Memorial Hospital

Andrew Tran is a member of the varsity tennis team at Altus High School. Tran competes in One-Doubles with teammate John Purdue. The pair were state qualifiers last season and are looking to make a return to the state tournament again this year. 

“This season started a little slow and I’ve had to play with a lot of different doubles partners, but now I think it is picking up and I’m feeling good about post-season,” said Tran. 

Team chemistry is important and head coach Mark Dabelstein has shuffled a few things around to find that chemistry. 

“Tran and Purdue are returning state qualifiers at One-Doubles. They started off a little slower than I’d like, but they will come around,” said coach Dabelstein. 

“I love the chemistry that all of us have. We all get along and it’s easy tell from the outside that we all support each other,” said Tran. 

It was at age 11 when Tran first started playing tennis and he knew it was the sport for him. His parents encouraged him to continue playing and make the most of the opportunities he had in front of him as a student-athlete at Altus High School.

“Many people have played a role in making me who I am now, but I think I have to say that my parents have done the most for me. My parents have always wanted me to be the best person I can be and have provided everything for me, and I couldn’t appreciate them more,” said Tran. 

Tran is a member of National Honor Society and ASEA. Academics have always played an important role with Tran. 

“Academics has always been important to me and I try my hardest to keep my grades up,” said Tran. “After I graduate, I plan on attending college and then join the Navy to become a Navy SEAL.” 

Only a junior, Tran has another season yet to come before he sets off on his dream of joining the Navy, but his time as a Bulldog will always be a special one for him. 

“I have a lot to be proud of being a Bulldog and the best thing to me are the teammates I get to play alongside with,” said Tran. “I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and learning more about the Navy SEALs and their training.”