Gonzaga University Nike Tennis Camp

Gonzaga University Nike Tennis Camp
Gonzaga University Nike Tennis Camp

Come join the fun at summer camp and take your game to the next level! The Nike Tennis Camp at Gonzaga University is a great place for kids to learn from some of the best coaches in the sport and leave tennis camp with confidence and a passion to enjoy the "sport of a lifetime." Join us this summer for better tennis, new friends, and the best week of your summer!

Our goal is to stimulate the passion for tennis in young players, give them the opportunity to hit a lot of balls, improve their technique and match play skills, and have a blast while doing it! Campers will work hard, learn new strategies, and make great friends along the way.

Highlights Include

  • Tennis instruction from head Gonzaga coaches, DJ Gurule and Peter MacDonald
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

DJ Gurule
Co-Director

DJ Gurule

In his eighth year as Director and as the head women's tennis coach at Gonzaga, Coach Gurule brings years of experience and passion for tennis to this camp. Gurule joined the Bulldogs athletic staff after working as a club professional at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. 

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Gurule has continued to improve the Zags both on and off the court as 11 Bulldogs have earned All-West Coast Conference accolades and six players have garnered WCC All-Academic honors in his five years. Gurule has had at least one player placed on a All-WCC team in each of his five seasons and had at least two players earn WCC All-Academic honors in each of the past three years. The past two seasons has also seen the Zags earn ITA All-Academic honors as a team including eight total players who were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.

Gurule has put together back-to-back impressive seasons with the Zags posting consecutive 10-win seasons and having multiple All-WCC selections each year. Last season the Bulldogs recorded 11 wins and had a program-best four players earn All-WCC honors, including the school's inaugural All-WCC doubles selection. Also in 2009 freshman Kristina Zauere out of Riga, Latvia, set the school-record for victories with 17 and became the Zags second All-WCC second-team selection. Zauere also paired up with Agalya Kokurina to earn All-WCC honorable mention accolades in doubles.

The 2008 season saw Gurule lead the Zags to a 10-win season and also produce the program's inaugural All-WCC second team selection in Kokurina. The Bulldogs' work in the classroom also earned them a spot on the International Tennis Association All-Academic team.

Gurule had at least one All-WCC selection in each of his first three seasons at GU from 2005-07, including two players who earned conference accolades in 2007.

In October 2009, Gurule and Gonzaga's head men's tennis coach Peter MacDonald were appointed Co-Directors of the Spokane Racquet Club, the site of both the men's and women's teams home matches.

Gurule joined the Bulldogs athletic staff after working one year as a club professional at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore. Gurule also worked for four years as the head tennis professional at Broken Top in Bend, Ore., and served three seasons as the women's tennis coach at Mountain View High in Bend.

Gurule played collegiate tennis at Pacific Lutheran University earning four varsity letters for the Lutes. Gurule and his wife, Katie, reside in Spokane with their daughter, Eliana (2008).

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Peter MacDonald
Co-Director

Peter MacDonald

Co-directing the camp is head men's tennis coach, Peter MacDonald who is in his eighth year as Gonzaga's head men's coach. Prior to this, MacDonald worked as a private coach. While working as a private coach, MacDonald developed a high performance junior program and organized and ran high-performance clinics for the Pacific Northwest's top tennis players.  ...

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Under MacDonald's guidance, the Bulldogs have consistently improved both on the court and in the classroom. Last season MacDonald led the Zags to another 10-win season, marking the second time the Zags have reached that 10-win plateau in the past three years. During MacDonald's tenure seven Bulldogs have garnered All-WCC accolades and five others have received West Coast Conference All-Academic honors.
In 2009, MacDonald had a pair of freshmen each finish the season with double-digit wins in singles play for the first time in his tenure at Gonzaga. Gonzaga closed out the season with a win over Santa Clara University on the final day of the WCC Championships. MacDonald continues to produce off the court as well, as two players earned WCC All-Academic honors last season, marking the third consecutive year at least one Zag has received the accolade.
In his first two seasons at Gonzaga, MacDonald increased the team's win total each year before producing an 11-win season in 2007. The 11 victories marked the most wins for the program since it posted 13 wins in 1999. Also in 2007, the Bulldogs were named an ITA All-Academic team, were recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award and had six student-athletes named ITA Scholar-Athletes. All three accolades marked program firsts. In 2008, the Bulldogs were named to the ITA All-Academic team for the second consecutive season as MacDonald continued to add to the list of firsts for the Gonzaga men's tennis program. That season a program-best four players earned All-West Coast Conference honors as well as recording the Zags first win at the WCC Championships since 2000.
In October 2009 MacDonald and Gonzaga's head women's tennis coach D.J. Gurule were appointed Co-Directors of the Spokane Racquet Club, the site of both the men's and women's home matches.
MacDonald joined the Gonzaga athletic department after four years as a private coach in Portland, Ore. MacDonald went on to develop a high performance junior program while also organizing and coordinating high-performance clinics for the Pacific Northwest's top tennis players. Through his work as a private instructor, MacDonald has helped coach several players to victory at several national open tournaments in both singles and doubles play. Prior to his work as a private instructor he was a head tennis professional in Gresham, Ore. MacDonald also served as the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Portland from 1996-98. While at Portland he helped with the technical and strategic development of the players.
MacDonald is a 1996 graduate of the University of Portland, earning his bachelors of science degree in business management.
 

Camp Details

2015 Camp Information

This year we are offering two weeks of overnight and day camp (9:00am-4:30pm). Both weeks offer a special high school program designed for those players currently on their high school team who want to improve their game, or for new high school players interested in trying out for their high school team. The first session is only open to High School players ages 13-18. The second session has an All Skills program in addition to the High School program and is open to ages 9-18. Come individually or come as a team as a great way to get ready for your high school season.

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Check-In/Out

Check-In
  • Check-In: Sunday at 11:30-12:30pm at Martin Centre Pavilion. (Campers will take bus to practice facility/evaluation session at Gonzaga Prep.) 
  • Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 4:30pm.
Check-Out
  • Graduation: Friday at 11:30am at the Gonzaga Prep Tennis Courts. Parents are invited to attend!
  • Check-Out: Dorm check-out is immediately following graduation at 12:00pm.

Day Program Schedule

  • Day campers should be dropped off everyday (except check-in on Sunday) by 8:30am at the Gonzaga Prep Tennis Courts.
  • Pick-up time is at 4:30pm Sunday through Thursdayat the Gonzaga Prep Tennis Courts.
  • Graduation is at 11:30am on Friday.

Meals

Lunch is included for all Day campers.

Dorms

Housing and evening meals will be at Gonzaga University. Campers stay 2 per room (no triples available) and are assigned by age and roommate requests. There is no A/C in the dorms. Camper may bring fans.

Evening Activities

Camp evening activities may include bowling, laser tag, field games, a camp dance, and movie night. 

Courts

Gonzaga University offers a beautiful setting for this Nike Tennis Camp. Campers will use Gonzaga Prep Courts, home of the Gonzaga Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams. There are eight hard surface courts surrounded by protective fencing and a hill. Campers will be transported to and from the University to the practice facility each day (approximately 5 min).

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend stayovers are not available at this location. 

Designated Airport

Spokane International Airport

Travel

Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots.  If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Spokane Airport.  For ground transportation, please check the airport website at www.spokaneairport.net 

Registration Packet

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

Camp Code: TNXRGU

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am-8:30am Breakfast
  • 9:00am-Noon Morning Drills
  • Noon-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Strategy Sessions/Drills
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Match Play (Zag Cup)
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm End of the Day Court Activity
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Evening Activity
  • 10:30pm Campers to Rooms and Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 4/5.
Sad To Leave

Camp on Gonzaga University was one of the most pleasurable experiences of my life. I had a wonderful time, and the coaches were fantastic. When it was time to go I was very sad because all I wanted to do was stay at camp.

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  • 4/5.
Loved All Aspects of Camp

My son said he had a great time at the Gonzaga tennis camp. Time on the court each day was great. They had plenty of water to drink at all times and had helpful instruction throughout the entire week. My son especially liked having free time after tennis each day and enjoyed the bowling, laser tag and pizza party. He is asking to return next year.

  • 4/5.
Growing Passion For Tennis

I had a great time at camp and I left it wanting to play tennis even more. I'm looking foward to participating next year.

  • 5/5.
Absolutely amazing!

The camp is absolutely amazing. the camp never fails to improve my game drastically and to motivate me to play as much as possible. The counselors and directors are extremely helpful and know how to break down concepts so everyone can understand, and they keep the camp enjoyable and fun! Thanks for everything!

  • 5/5.
Never wants it to end!

This was the last year for my eldest son since he will be a senior in HS. He has attended 6 years and it's been a great experience. Now time to start with the younger brother!

  • 5/5.
Can't Say Enough

Can't say enough good things about the coaches and counselors.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 4:30PM $495.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $825.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 4:30PM $495.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $825.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.