Sacred Heart University Nike Tennis Camp

Sacred Heart University Nike Tennis Camp
Sacred Heart University Nike Tennis Camp

The Sacred Heart Nike Tennis Camp is a day camp for tennis players to come and vastly improve their tennis game. Our camps combine a technical tennis training program and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of fun activities.

Nike Tennis Camp in Fairfield, CT

The Sacred Heart Nike Tennis Camps focus on instruction as well as match play, giving each camper a positive learning environment to enhance their skills, foster teamwork, self-confidence and good sportsmanship. Our goal at this summer tennis camp is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. Campers will work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Join us this summer and take your game to the next level!

Highlights Include

  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Competitive Singles and doubles tournament each week
  • Daily tennis training from top teaching pros, Mike Guastelle and Paul Gagliardi, and their experienced staff
  • We offer a "10 and Under Tennis" program, featuring smaller courts and lighter, lower-bouncing balls
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Paul Gagliardi

Paul Gagliardi

Paul Gagliardi is entering his tenth season at the reigns of the men's tennis program in 2014-2015.

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The Pioneers finished the 2010 season with the best record in the programs history at 16-8 including an undefeated run through the Northeast Conference in dual match play in he regular season. The Pioneers were led by Kirill Kasyanov who took home the program's first-ever NEC Player of the Year award.

In addition to Kasyanov's Player of the Year honors, Gagliardi received NEC coach of the Year and ITA Regional Coach of the year.  Gagliardi coached six players to All-NEC recognition in 2010-2011 and  Kasyanov along with teammates, Nick Mazzarese, Chadd Sullo and Cole Conrad earned first team accolades while Michael Syer and Chris Ujkic earned a spot on the second team.

Gagliardi led the team to their second NCAA tournament appearance against University of Virginia. The first-ever Northeast Conference Championship resulted in a trip to the NCAA tournament and the University of Texas.

Over the last five years Gagliardi has elevated the Sacred Heart men's program to one of top tennis programs in the East.  Year-in and year-out, Gagliardi prepares the Pioneers for NEC action by putting together one of the strongest schedules in the region including the likes of Georgetown, Villanova, Harvard, Dartmouth, Boston College and Stony Brook.  This year they will be in the hunt for a return bid to the NCAA Championships. In addition to their success on the courts the program has achieve academic excellence as well earning the ITA All-Academic Team Award (3.2+ G.P.A. for the year) for 2009-2010.  In 2009 Gagliardi was selected as the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.

Before coming to Sacred Heart, he served as an assistant coach for the Yale University tennis program from 1999 to 2002 where he helped lead the men's program to a top-50 national ranking. He contributed to the recruiting efforts at both national and international events and initiated several community outreach programs. Gagliardi has served as the Coordinator for Connecticut for the United States Tennis Association in New England. He has coordinated events and programs to promote tennis with colleges, community groups and tennis clubs in the state.

A member of the USPTA since 1995 as a tennis professional and coach, Gagliardi has traveled internationally as a player and was the #1 ranked New England men's open division tennis player. He has coached and trained world ranked men's and women's tennis players and has participated in the Pilot Pen International tennis tournament as a hitting partner. In 2006, Gagliardi was named the USPTA New England Tennis Professional of the Year.

At Providence College, Gagliardi was a four-year starter on the men's tennis team and led the team to top regional ranking. Gagliardi served as a team captain during the 1995-1996 season and also received the school's senior award for academic and athletic excellence. After graduating from Providence, Gagliardi began his coaching and teaching career at Branford High School where he led the boy's team to an undefeated season and also taught mathematics.

Gagliardi and his wife Julie have two children Lillian and Luke, they currently live in Branford

Camp Details

2015 Sacred Heart Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering one week of camp with Overnight (ages 9-18 only), Extended Day (8:30am-8:00pm) and Day (8:30am-4:00pm) options. In addition we are offering 5 weeks of Day Only tennis camp from 8:30am-4:00pm. All sessions are open to kids ages 7-18 of all skill levels.

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Camp Program Offerings

Campers will go through a comprehensive evaluation process on the first day in order to be grouped according to their appropriate level. Staff will be charting match play throughout the week and the campers will get to take part in competitive singles and doubles tournaments each week. In addition to our All Skills program, this year we are offering Tournament Training and High School programs and the 10 and Under Tennis program.

Tournament Training

The tournament training program is geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.

High School Sessions

The high school session is provided for players (age 13-18) currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.

10 and Under Tennis

In addition, we offer a “10 and Under Tennis” program, featuring the USTA’s successful  new teaching format. This is an exciting new way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are  low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start, while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts. For more information on “10 and Under Tennis” programs nationwide, Click Here to check out the USTA website.


7/6 sessions
  • Overnight Camper Check-In: Monday between 10:00-11:00am at Merton Hall.
  • Extended Day/ Day Camper Check-In: Monday at 8:30-9:00am at Merton Hall.
  • Check-Out: Friday at 1:00pm after a pizza party and Graduation.
Day Only (6/16, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28 and 8/4) sessions
  • Check-In: Monday between 8:30-9:00am at the William H. Pitt Center
  • Check out: Friday at 1:00pm after a pizza party and Graduation.

Day Camp Program Schedule

  • Day Campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 4:00pm (Mon-Thurs, check out time on Friday is 1:00pm).
  • Private lessons may be available, please inquire with the director.


Sacred Heart has 6 outdoor courts. In the event of rain, we will make up days later in the week.


2015: Dorms TBD | 2014: Campers will stay in the dorms on campus. There is A/C available! Campers can request roommates, otherwise they will be placed in rooms based on gender and age.


For 7/6 session only: All meals are provided for overnight campers starting with dinner on check-in day. Extended day campers will receive lunch and dinner daily beginning with dinner on check-in day. Lunch is provided for Day campers Mon-Thurs.

Evening Activities

For overnight campers we have evening activities which may include pizza and movie nights, talent shows, games and free play at courts, scavenger hunt or karaoke contest.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend stayovers are not available at this location

Designated Airport

Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT) or LaGuardia Airport (Queens, NY)


Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots.  If you fly into camp, we recommend that you schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp. 

If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there may be a fee that needs to be paid in advance of camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.

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. PLEASE NOTE: Our health and release forms  require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. 

Camp Code: TNXDST

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30am Introduction and rules of the camp, Stretching and Warm Up
  • 9:15am Stroke of the Day
  • 9:30am Drills involving the Stroke of the Day
  • 11:15am Lunch break for half the group / others playing matches or games
  • 12:15pm Lunch for alternate group / others playing matches or games
  • 1:15pm Stroke of the Day II
  • 1:30pm Drills involving Stroke of the Day II
  • 2:30pm Games/contests
  • 4:00pm Departure

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Super Staff

Both of my children really enjoyed the camp. The staff was terrific at teaching them as well as in their supervision and handling of the kids.

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  • 5/5.
Valued Video Taping

The director, Mike, and his coaches were very nice and attentive. They made it a very enjoyable experience for my 9-year old. He especially loved the video-taping of his game.

  • 5/5.
BIG Thank You!


  • 4/5.
Excellent instruction!

Paul Gagliardi helped my son's game by providing excellent instruction and positive feedback.

  • 5/5.
Great atmosphere at camp!

My son had a great week. There was a great atmosphere every day when I collected him. Thank you

  • 4/5.
First Time Success

My daughter really loved the camp and this was a first time for her. Many thanks and she will come back next year. She had fun (very important) and her skills and interest increased greatly. We are playing tennis this morning and I need a new racquet.

  • 4/5.

Great Camp!

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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