Samford University Nike Tennis Camp Birmingham, Alabama
Join the fun this summer at a junior tennis camp! The Samford University Nike Tennis Camp is a day camp for young athletes ages 9-18 of all abilities to come have fun and work on their tennis game.
Our summer camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from an outstanding coaching staff, as well as supervised match play. Every year campers come to come to The Samford University Nike Tennis Camp to improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. Our goal 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.
- Daily instruction from head men's coach, David Vest, and his experienced staff
- Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
- Safe, healthy and fun environment
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and constant supervision
Samford University is located in the picturesque mountainous area of Shades Valley, less than six miles from downtown Birmingham. The tennis facility includes nine tennis courts; six outdoor and three indoor.Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director David Vest, a three-time winner of the Ohio Valley Conference's Coach of the Year award, and the 2010 recipient of Co-Coach of the Year honors in the Southern Conference, enters his sixth season as the head coach at Samford University. He was named to the position on Aug. 2, 2007, and has already led the Bulldogs to a conference championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.Read Full Bio
During the 2007-08 campaign, his first at Samford, Vest guided the Bulldogs to both the OVC regular-season championship and the OVC Tournament title. Samford finished the season with an unblemished 10-0 record in conference play and set the school's all-time record for wins with 20.
The Bulldogs also finished the 2007-08 campaign as the 13th-ranked team in the talent-laden ITA South Region.
In 2011, in only the Bulldogs' second year as a member of the talent-laden SoCon, Vest's squad registered a near-perfect 9-1 conference record and a second-place finish in the league. Samford finished the season with a 17-6 overall mark and advanced to the semifinal round of the 2010 SoCon Tournament.
During the spring campaign, the Bulldogs defeated the 67th-ranked Tulane Green Wave and compiled a nine-match winning streak. Two of Samford's six losses in 2010 came against nationally-ranked opponents Mississippi State and North Florida. Vest was again honored as one of the best coaches in the Southeast Region as he was named a 2010 Co-Coach of the Year in the SoCon.
Prior to taking the reins at Samford, Vest served as the assistant head women's coach at the University of Kentucky for two seasons. During his time at Kentucky, Vest helped coach a women's team that was ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation in 2006 and produced a pair of All-Americans in Kim Coventry and Joelle Schwenk.
As a relentless recruiter, Vest helped Kentucky earn the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2007, as determined by tennisrecruiting.net.
Prior to moving to the University of Kentucky, Vest was the head men's and women's tennis coach at Morehead State for four seasons. He was named the OVC Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2005 after he led the Eagles to school-record totals in wins each season.
During his first year at Morehead State in 2002, Vest helped a women's team that finished eighth in the conference tournament the year before to a third-place finish. He went on to earn a number of accolades in his four seasons with the Eagles and coached Morehead State's first nationally-ranked NCAA singles performer in Greg Johnstone (#67 ITA ranking in 2005).
Before being named the head coach at Morehead State, Vest spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the program after he completed his eligibility as a member of the Eagles' tennis team.
Vest was a four-year letterwinner at Morehead State and was named to the OVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll following each season. He was also the Eagles' Team Captain and was the No. 1 singles and doubles player as both a junior and senior.
Vest graduated from Morehead State with a degree in government and history in 1999.
In high school, Vest was a four-time team Most Valuable Player at Morgan County Central High School in West Liberty, Ky., where he was named first-team all-state in both his junior and senior seasons.
Rahim Esmail enters his second season as the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Samford University. On Oct. 19, Samford athletic director Martin Newton tabbed Esmail as the head coach of its men's tennis program. Esmail, a former standout at the University of Kentucky, joined the Bulldogs after spending four years as an assistant with the Alabama women's program.Read Full Bio
Prior to his appointment at Alabama, Esmail spent one year as an assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis teams at Eastern Kentucky University while completing his coursework for a master's degree in sports administration. His responsibilities included on-court coaching, recruiting and various administrative tasks.
Esmail spent two years on the ATP Tour where he reached the finals of three professional tournaments, once in singles and twice in doubles. He posted wins over top ATP Tour players such as Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez and John Isner.
As a player at the University of Kentucky from 2001-04, Esmail was a fixture at No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Wildcats. In 2002, he went 31-4 in singles and 23-2 in doubles to help Kentucky climb to No. 4 in the national rankings, serving as a team captain for the Wildcats in his junior and senior seasons.
Esmail was ranked as high as No. 54 nationally in singles at Kentucky and attained a doubles rank as high as No. 8. As a junior, he was a six-time Canadian National singles finalist, a three-time junior Davis Cup team member, and winner of the 1998 national doubles championship. In 1999, Esmail competed in both the junior French Open and the junior U.S. Open.
A native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, born April 7, 1981, Esmail is the son of Brenda and Karim Esmail. He graduated from Fraser Valley High School of Distance Education in Vancouver, B.C., in 2000. Esmail is a 2005 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language (French) & International Economics.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRSM)
This year we are offering two weeks of Junior day camp from 9:00am-4:00pm for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Campers bring their own lunch.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
Check-in and Check-out Times
Check-in: All Campers: Monday at 8:30am at the Samford Tennis Center.
Check-out: All Campers: Friday at 12:00pm at the Samford Tennis Center.
Daily Program Schedule
Campers should arrive at 8:50am each morning. Camp runs until 4:00pm each day.
Campers will play on 6 outdoor and 3 indoor courts.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
- 9:15am Tennis Instruction
- 10:00am Break
- 10:15am Tennis Instruction and Drills
- 11:45am Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:15pm Tennis Program, Match Play
- 2:45pm Break
- 3:00pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
- 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program