Gonzaga University Nike Tennis Camp

Gonzaga University Nike Tennis Camp
Gonzaga University Nike Tennis Camp

Our junior tennis camps in Washinton State take place at the beautiful Gonzaga University. These top tennis camps in the PNW offer overnight and day camp options for boys and girls with All Skills and High School tennis training programs.

The Nike summer tennis camp in Spokane, WA is a great place for kids to learn from some of the best coaches in the country, develop new skills and gain self-confidence.

Highlights Include

  • Tennis instruction from head Gonzaga coaches, DJ Gurule and Peter MacDonald
  • 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
  • All Skills and High School tennis training programs
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

DJ Gurule
Co-Director

DJ Gurule

D.J. Gurule is entering his 13th year as the head coach of the Gonzaga University women’s tennis program. The Zags have won double-digit matches in six seasons under Gurule, including a school-best 16 in 2016 and four of the five highest win totals in the last 20 years.

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His sixth career 10-win season came in 2016, the best in program history so far. In addition to the 16 dual wins, Gonzaga also won a record six conference matches that year, finishing second in the West Coast Conference and earning a historic berth to the WCC Championships’ semifinal round. The year also included an 11-match win streak – another program record – and single-season individual wins highs in both singles (25; Domonique Garley) and doubles play (25; Samantha Polayes and Sophie Whittle).

The Gonzaga women’s tennis program saw its first national ranking with Gurule at the helm when it was voted No. 72 by the ITA in February 2014. A year later, the Zags returned to the rankings at the beginning of conference play and picked up their first win as a ranked squad at Loyola Marymount.

During this rise, Gurule has coached 31 All-West Coast Conference honorees, including the Zags’ first-ever First Team All-WCC Singles winner (Katie Edwards, 2015), Doubles pair (Polayes and Whittle, 2016), and Second Team All-WCC honoree (Agalya Kokurina, 2008). He’s also seen numerous program records equaled or bested, including the most singles and doubles wins by an individual player during a season. Additionally, Gurule has coached many of the players on the Gonzaga career wins lists.

In addition to their skills on the court, Gurule’s teams have also found tremendous success in the classroom. The Zags have earned numerous ITA All-Academic honors as a team, and 32 student-athletes have been recognized individually. The West Coast Conference has also recognized 19 of Gurule’s student-athletes with WCC All-Academic honors.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Gurule has spent time working in tennis clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. He’s served as co-director of the Spokane Racquet Club and also spent time at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon, and Broken Top in Bend, Oregon. He got his start in coaching at Bend’s Mountain View High School.

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

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Peter MacDonald
Co-Director

Peter MacDonald

Peter MacDonald enters his 12th season as the Head Coach of the Bulldogs men's tennis team. He has coached two All-West Coast Conference Singles selections (Alvaro Nazal, 2013 and 2015), one All-WCC Second Team Singles selection (Roman Dojak, 2010), seven All-WCC Singles Honorable Mentions and six All-WCC Doubles Honorable Mentions. 

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MacDonald has led the Zags to numerous program firsts and top seasons, the most recent coming in 2014-15. Most notably, the Zags picked up their first WCC Tournament Opening Round victory in school history, dispatching Santa Clara 4-0 to open the tournament. The win advanced them to the tournament's second round, also a program first. Additionally, Gonzaga posted three conference victories during the regular season for the first time, and the Zags tied for sixth in the regular season standings, their highest finish under MacDonald and highest in a 10-team West Coast Conference.

In all, the Bulldogs have finished seventh or better five times in the tough WCC with MacDonald at the helm. They've recorded four seasons with double-digit victories under MacDonald, and they've twice won 11 dual matches (2007 and 2015).

Under MacDonald, the Zags have seen numerous other records fall as well. Alvaro Nazal broke the program's single-season and career singles victories with 27 and 76, respectively, and Nazal became the first Bulldog to play at the ITA All-American Championships in during the 2013-14 season. In October of 2014, MacDonald coached Nazal to the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regionals, the deepest run throughout Gonzaga tennis history in that tournament.

During his time in Spokane, MacDonald also served as Co-Director of the Spokane Racquet Club. The Spokane Racquet Club was the home site of men's and women's home matches before The Stevens Center opened in 2013-14.

Before Gonzaga, MacDonald was a private tennis coach in Portland, Oregon. During that time, he developed a high performance junior tennis program while organizing and coordinating clinics for the top players in the Pacific Northwest. As a private instructor, MacDonald helped coach several players reach national open tournaments in both singles and doubles play. MacDonald also served as the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Portland from 1996-98, helping 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

We offer Overnight and Day (9:00am-4:30pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, with All Skills and High School training programs.

2017 Camp Dates and Programs

  • 2017 Information Coming Soon!
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Camp Program Offerings

All sessions are open to players of all skill levels, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.

All Skills Program

The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. 

High School Only Program

The High School Only program is designed for high school players (ages 13-18) looking to move up the ladder or make their high school team.

Check-In/Out

Check-In
  • Check-In: Sunday at 11:30-12:30pm at The Stevens Center. (1202 N. Superior St.)
  • Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 4:30pm.
Check-Out
  • Graduation: Friday at 11:30am at The Stevens Center. 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 Stevens Center.
  • Pick-up time is at 4:30pm Sunday through Thursdayat The Stevens Center.
  • Graduation is at 11:30am on Friday.

Meals

Lunch is included for all Day campers.

Dorms

2016: 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

Maddie W.Camper

  • 5/5.
Very fun! Instructors were very good.

8/7/2016 - Camp was a great experience. Very fun! Instructors were very good. Flexible yet Safe experience. Loved meeting new tennis players my age and getting to know people from all over.

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Alan Z.Camper

  • 4/5.
Nice camp and coaching staff

8/3/2016 - Nice camp, nice coaching staff, friendly campers.

Sierra C.Camper

  • 5/5.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience

8/1/2015 - This was a great camp and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The instructors created a positive learning atmosphere and the counselors were more than willing to help in any way even with nontennis related activities. I can't wait for the next camp!

Shelly N.Parent

  • 5/5.
had an amazing time at camp

7/30/2015 - Colton had an amazing time at camp and is already saving up for next year! Thank you so much to everyone who made his week so great, both on and off the court.

  • 3/5.
I enjoyed the bonding activities for overnighters

7/28/2016 - I think that it would be nice to have hot water for showers. I'd prefer that the bunks not be stacked, because it is very hard to get up there, sleep, and get down without bumping your head or falling off. However, I enjoyed the bonding activities for overnighters, so I would recommend some more activities. Also, buses for transportation to some of the places we go would be nice, but walking to places is still fine.

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.