Santa Clara University Nike Tennis Camp

Santa Clara University Nike Tennis Camp
Santa Clara University Nike Tennis Camp

Come join the fun and get expert tennis training this summer! The Santa Clara Nike Tennis Camp is a summer camp for young players to improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun. In addition to top quality tennis instruction, this tennis day camp features 'Stroke of the Day' and Davis Cup match play.

Nike Tennis Camp in Santa Clara, CA

The Santa Clara Nike Tennis Camp is a great day camp for kids of all skills levels ages 9-18 to come enjoy their summer while working on their tennis game. 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. Our tennis camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of other activities. The Nike Tennis Camps in Santa Clara will be utilizing the "10&Under Tennis" program for campers ages 10 and under.

Highlights Include

  • Daily tennis instruction from Head Tennis Coaches, Derek Mills and Ben Cabell, and their expert staff
  • 5-6 hours of tennis training daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • Safe, healthy and fun environment
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Ben Cabell
Camp Director

Ben Cabell

Ben Cabell is entering his tenth season as head coach of the Santa Clara women's tennis team and has amassed an overall record of 99-99 during that span.

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Cabell’s highlights include coaching Katie Le, who went 101-34 in her Bronco singles career and is the program's winningest player in that category by 23 victories. Le won a program record 27 singles matches in 2011-12 and tied the record with 27 victories in 2013-14. She qualified for three consecutive NCAA Singles Championships from 2012-14 and earned the program’s first individual postseason victory with a 7-6(3), 7-5 defeat of No. 30 Emina Bektas (Michigan) on May 22, 2013.

Cabell has also coached the two most successful doubles pairs in program history; Kelly Lamble/Maggie McGeorge own a 58-40 doubles record and Jessica Agra/Le went 41-31 as a pair. Lamble/McGeorge won a program record 18 doubles matches in 2010, and posted 17 victories as a pair the following year to tie for the team lead with Agra/Le.

Under his leadership, the Broncos have earned 33 All-West Coast Conference honors between First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention, Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards for singles and doubles combined. In addition, Cabell's teams have produced two CoSIDA All-District Academic All-Americans, 16 ITA Scholar Athletes and 20 WCC All-Academic selections.

Last season, Delphine Rouvillois was named Second Team All-WCC for singles after putting together a 7-3 spring record at the No. 1 position, while Nabila Farah and Daniella Silva were named All-WCC Doubles Honorable Mention with a 7-4 spring record at the No. 1 position. The Broncos also led the conference by having five players with all-academic recognition. They finished the year at 7-12 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

In 2013-14, the team reached the semifinals of the WCC Championship for the second straight year under the guidance of Cabell as well as assistant coaches Tricia Guidace and Jakub Cech. The Broncos also recorded their fifth consecutive winning season and totaled 70 victories from the five-year span of 2010-14, which included 25 team appearances in ITA polls.

Le was named First Team All-WCC after tying her own program record with 27 victories while Rouvillois and Stephanie Skaras were both named All-WCC Honorable Mention in singles. Chelby Cooke and Le were tabbed No. 1 Doubles on the WCC All-Tournament Team. Le headlined the WCC All-Academic list with her third straight appearance, posting a 3.80 GPA as a Computer Engineering major. In addition, Rouvillois made the All-Academic Team for the first time while Cooke and Skaras received honorable mentions for their academic achievements.

Cabell was named WCC co-Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season as the Broncos went 12-10 overall and 7-1 in conference to earn a share of the WCC regular season championship. The team received a No. 3 seed in the WCC Championships and reached the tournament’s semifinal round for the second straight year. Le took home First Team All-WCC honors in singles and Second Team All-WCC honors in doubles (with partner Agra) in addition to winning the program’s first NCAA Singles Championship match. Lamble and Cooke each earned WCC Honorable Mention accolades in singles.

In 2011-12, the Broncos achieved their highest ITA ranking in program history (No. 51 — February 28, 2012) as part of a 13-11 season. Santa Clara posted two separate four-match winning streaks and swept Gonzaga and LMU en route to a WCC Championship semifinal appearance. Le set a single-season school record with 27 victories and was tabbed WCC Player of the Year as well as being named First Team All-WCC singles, First Team All-WCC doubles (with partner Agra) and a CoSIDA All-District Academic All-American. Le broke Sarah Duncan’s school record of 26 wins, which had stood since 1997 (15 seasons). Three-year captain Kacie Wagner earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors.

The Broncos set a program record with a .739 winning percentage as part of a 17-6 season in 2010-11. Santa Clara made the ITA national rankings six times during the season; the Broncos made the poll only three times in program history prior to the 2010-11 campaign. Le earned the second WCC Freshman of the Year honor in Bronco women’s tennis history and was named Second Team All-WCC in singles alongside All-WCC Honorable Mention honorees Wagner and Lamble. Le notched a 25-6 record in the No. 1 singles position and combined with Agra for a 17-4 doubles record. Le and Agra received Second Team All-WCC accolades in doubles while Lamble and McGeorge earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors in doubles for the second straight year. Le earned an individual ranking as high as No. 110 and a combined doubles ranking as high as No. 74 alongside Agra.

Santa Clara took home fourth place at the WCC Championship in 2009-10 — its highest finish since the 2003-04 season — as part of a very successful campaign. The Broncos went 14-7 overall and 4-2 in conference action, including a seven-match winning streak from March 1 – April 1. The team earned its second ITA national ranking in program history and first since 2004-05 by landing the No. 74 spot in the March 23 poll. Santa Clara’s standout freshman class took home four conference honors; Alex Zaniewski was named Second Team All-WCC with an 11-9 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Lamble and Agra were each named All-WCC Honorable Mention, and the pairing of Lamble and McGeorge went 15-4 to earn All-WCC Honorable Mention distinction in doubles.

In 2008-09, Santa Clara had four players receive all-conference honors for the first time in program history. Stephanie Galainena and Ashley Pane earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors in singles while the freshman doubles pairing of Wagner and Kimmi Cox earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors by posting a 10-3 record in the No. 3 position. The Broncos finished 8-10 overall and 2-3 in the WCC, and took seventh place at the conference tournament with a 4-1 win over Gonzaga to close out the postseason.

Despite finishing the 2007-08 season with a 5-18 record, the Broncos made vast improvements both individually and as a team. Seniors Myra Davoudi and Lindsay McBride teamed up to become a threat in every doubles match, while freshman Carmen Pham stepped up and contributed points in singles and doubles right from the start. Davoudi, McBride and Pham each earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors in singles while Davoudi and McBride earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors in doubles — the pair went 10-5 overall and 5-0 in conference regular season matches.

Cabell was named head coach on July 16, 2007 after serving as interim head coach during the 2006-07 season. Prior to taking over as interim head coach, Cabell spent two seasons as an assistant under Damon Coupe from 2004-06. He was involved in on-court training, while also serving as the strength and conditioning coach.

Santa Clara recorded a number of big wins during Cabell's interim period as head coach in 2006-07. In the beginning of women's dual action, the Broncos defeated then-No. 22 UC Santa Cruz 6-1. Later in February, the Broncos dominated San Jose State in a Rivalry Series match 6-1. Nearing the end of the regular season, the team fell in a WCC road match against Portland but faced the Pilots again in the WCC Championships and came out with a clutch win, 4-3, to put the Broncos in position for fifth place. While at the conference championships, Pham prevented a sweep by then-No. 18 Pepperdine in the first round matchup as she defeated Anete Bandere at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-2). It was the first time since 1995 that a Bronco had won a singles match against the Waves.

Cabell's vast knowledge and solid coaching style helped a number of players have standout campaigns in 2006-07. Under his tutelage, seniors Erika Barnes and Casey Knutson were named Second Team All-WCC in doubles, as they put together one of the top doubles seasons in school history. The pair tied Santa Clara's record for wins with 16, while also pulling out a number of memorable victories. Barnes and Knutson defeated the nation's No. 39 team of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State 9-7 for one of the program's biggest historical wins. Knutson and fellow senior Kim Daniel each earned All-WCC honors and finished in the top 10 all-time in singles wins at SCU. In 2007, Daniel became Cabell's first ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and WCC All-Academic honoree.

As a player, Cabell began his collegiate career at Foothill College before transferring to San Diego State University. He also spent time at Santa Clara as a member of the men's tennis team. He still competes in a number of local tournaments and played competitively in challenger matches and tournament qualifiers for professional tournaments following his collegiate career. Cabell has also worked as an assistant pro at the Los Altos Golf & Tennis Club.

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Derek Mills
Camp Director

Derek Mills

Mills completed his eighth season as the Bronco head men’s tennis coach with the conclusion of the 2015 season and has taken the Santa Clara men’s tennis program to new heights. 

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The 2015 season marked Mills' 23rd year of coaching at the youth and collegiate levels.Mills guided the Broncos to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2012 and he has developed Santa Clara into a highly-ranked team on a national level as well as a perennial threat in the West Coast Conference and Northwest Region.

In 2015, Mills picked up his 100th career coaching victory as the leader of the Bronco squad during a season in which Santa Clara picked up nine wins. Now with 104 career victories at Santa Clara, Mills ranks second all-time in program history for coaching wins, 27 victories shy of Sean Burns who sits atop the list. Although the team transitioned through a roster restructuring in 2015, Mills guided the Broncos to upsets over No. 50 University of North Carolina at Wilmington and No. 67 University of Portland.

On an individual level, Mills aided in the maturation of the young Santa Clara roster and continued to bolster the veterans' games as well. Both Ilya Osintev and Sam Bertram earned WCC Player of the Week Awards and the seniors also took home hardware at the end of season. Osintsev was named to the All-WCC Second Team in singles and, in doubles, he and Bertram took home All-WCC Second Team honors as well. Fellow upperclassman Ashot Khacharyan also continued to pad his resume during his junior season, reaching the finals at the ITA Regionals in the fall and finishing the season with All-WCC Second Team honors in singles and in doubles with partner Mikheil Khmiadashvili.

During the 2014 campaign, Mills led Santa Clara to a 17-7 overall record. The squad finished the season with a national ITA ranking of No. 59 including a season-high rank of No. 42. The Broncos knocked off a number of ranked opponents including upsetting No. 39 Oregon 4-2, and beating No. 57 San Diego State 6-1, No. 64 Georgia State 4-0, and No. 69 New Mexico 4-1. Santa Clara reeled off a season-best winning streak of eight matches after starting the season 1-1, which helped it get off to its finest start in decades. 

Mills’ impact on the Broncos’ season was reflected in the WCC awards, as Santa Clara took home a number of accolades throughout the year. John Lamble received First-Team All-WCC honors for his stellar singles play, Ilya Osintsev was named All-WCC Second Team, and Ashot Khacharyan earned All-WCC Honorable Mention in singles. In doubles, Lamble and Ilya Osintsev were named First-Team All-WCC. Osintsev also earned WCC Player of the Week three times, the most in the conference, and he and Lamble were named Doubles Team of the Week once. The duo was named No. 1 doubles team for the WCC Tournament Team and Osintsev earned the No. 2 singles spot as well.

Lamble was also named the ITA Senior of the Year for the Northwest Region.

Mills was able to keep the Broncos focused and motivated throughout the season. The team achieved a strong national ranking the entire season while relying on contributions from several walk-ons. One of the walk-ons picked up a huge win in the final match of the season, crushing his WCC Champion and No. 44 USD opponent 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 in the Broncos’ upset bid.

With the Broncos’ final win of the 2014 season over USF, Mills picked up his 123rd career coaching victory. Over his seven seasons at Santa Clara, he has recorded a strong 92-70 record. After having a chance to revamp the program, Mills has gone an incredible 86-37 over the past five seasons and turned Santa Clara into a nationally ranked team. 

In 2013, Mills led Santa Clara to another terrific season. The squad finished 17-10 with a national ITA ranking of No. 61 including a season-high rank of No. 35. The Broncos knocked off a number of ranked opponents including No. 38 Boise State twice, No. 55 Tulane and No. 70 UC Santa Barbara. Santa Clara reeled off a season-high winning streak of four matches from April 13 to April 24 where it defeated USF, Portland and Gonzaga twice.

In 2012, Mills led Santa Clara its most successful season in program history, while garnering West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors. Mills led the Broncos to numerous program firsts including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance and first NCAA Tournament win against then-No. 19 Texas during the first round. Mills coached the Broncos to all-time highs in wins in a season (22), an all-time high in national ranking at No. 29, and the highest end-of-season ranking in school history at No. 33. During the season Santa Clara finished second in the WCC while Mills coached four players to the all-conference singles team, four players to the all-conference doubles team and two members were also honored on the WCC All-Academic squad. Additionally, Mills helped Ostinsev garner WCC Freshman of the Year honors, the second Bronco to ever receive the award.

Mills, who attended high school at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco, started at Santa Clara in 2007.  He spent the previous six years working with some of the top juniors as a tennis professional in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Prior to teaching in Honolulu, Mills spent two seasons at Saint Louis University as the head men's and women's tennis coach. During those two seasons, he had three of his players earn All-Conference USA honors, while the team maintained a GPA of 3.3 or better. The team also won an All-Conference USA Sportsmanship Award. Two of his recruits on the men's team, Lance Vodicka and Ikaika Jobe, are currently earning points on the ATP tour.

Mills served a short stint as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at Brigham Young University-Hawaii during the 1997-98 season.

Mills also spent time as an assistant coach for Northwest Missouri State from 1994-97, helping the men's team win three Mid-America Championships.

Co-Director

Scott Keaton

Scott Keaton is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Santa Clara women’s tennis program.

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An accomplished player, Keaton played collegiately at both New Mexico State and George Mason, and has served as a teaching pro.

Keaton, who joined the Santa Clara program earlier this fall, graduated from George Mason in May 2014, with a bachelor of arts in economics and Chinese language.

He completed two seasons at George Mason, compiling a 17-5 singles mark as a junior in 2011-12 and winning 14 singles and 17 doubles matches as a senior. He was a member of the Dean’s list three semesters with the Patriots.

A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Keaton was the 2009 5A state mixed doubles champion helping New Braunfels High School to the state championship team title that season.

He spent his first two years of college with the nationally-ranked New Mexico State program. With the Aggies, Keaton was also NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Keaton has worked as a tennis instructor and professional at various academies and clubs, most recently serving as a teaching pro at the MAC 360 Academy in Austin, Texas beginning in February, 2015.

Niall Angus
Co-Director

Niall Angus

Beginning his first season at Santa Clara, Niall Angus brings a wealth of experience to the program after having competed and coached at the highest echelon of NCAA men’s tennis.

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As a coach, Angus’ last stop was in Houston, Texas where he spent his time instructing the up and coming stars in the game during the 2014-15 season. He taught junior level players and assisted many of them in achieving collegiate scholarships at programs across the country.

Angus began his coaching career at Texas A&M University, his alma mater, as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2013-14 season. Providing leadership from the sidelines during that time, Angus helped steer the Aggies to a 25-7 record, a season-high ranking of No. 8 in the nation and a tournament championship in the highly-competitive Southeastern Conference. He also aided in the development of the Texas A&M doubles pairing of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, a duo that went on to be named the No. 1 pairing in the nation that season.

Prior to making his move to the sidelines, Angus was a four-year star for the Texas A&M men’s tennis program. He achieved the school’s highest ever individual singles ranking when he climbed his way to the No. 6 spot in the nation and he also helped lead the Aggies to a Sweet 16 appearance at the NCAA tournament in three out of his four seasons at College Station.

As a youngster competing in his hometown of London, Angus reached a junior high national ranking of No. 4, solidified a ranking of No. 51 in the Junior ITF World Rankings and captured a number of ATP men’s singles and doubles points as a rising player. He also played in three out of four junior grand slams and competed at Wimbledon twice during his early playing days.

Camp Details

2016 Santa Clara Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering six weeks of Junior Day Tennis Camp (9:00am-3:00pm) for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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2016 Camp Dates & Directors

Santa Clara University Head and Assistant Tennis Coaches will direct these camp sessions. Please see schedule below of which coaches will direct which weeks.

Week 1: June 13-17 (Cabell and Keaton)
Week 2: June 20-24 (Cabell and Keaton)
Week 3: June 27-July 1 (Mills and Angus)
Week 4: July 11-15 (Mills and Angus)
Week 5: July 18-22 (Mills and Angus)
Week 6: July 25-29 (Cabell and Keaton) 

Camp Program Offerings

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

10 and Under Tennis Program

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. For more information on “10 and Under Tennis” programs nationwide, Click Here to check out the USTA website.

Check-In/Out

Check-In

All Campers: Monday at 9:00am at the Degheri Tennis Courts.

Check-Out

All Campers:  Friday at 3:00pm at the Degheri Tennis Courts.

Daily Program Schedule

Day Camp runs 9:00am to 3:00pm (Monday through Friday).

Meals

Lunch is NOT provided except for Friday. Campers should bring their own lunch daily or money to purchase on campus.

Courts

Campers play at the Degheri Tennis Center with 9 fully lighted championship courts.

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: TNXDSU

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00am-9:20am Warm-Up and Activation
  • 9:20am-10:40am Stroke of the Day Demo and Court Drills
  • 10:40am-Noon Video Analysis and Match Play
  • Noon-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Court Drills and Nutritional/Sports Medicine Workshop
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Match Play and Conditioning

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

Lots of tennis, really fun! Coaches were very fun and lively. Good instruction.

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  • 4/5.

Wish Santa Clara University had a camp in Aug, would have attended a second session if they did.

  • 5/5.
A great program!

If you're looking for a tennis program that really provides strong instruction per student while building interest and keeping things fun, this is the program!

  • 4/5.
Lots of Fun!

I had a lot of fun and made new friends. I will keep all the tips that you guys gave me and keep playing tennis... Thanks again. I'll be back!

  • 4/5.
First Timer Wants To Return

We cannot compare it to last year since it was our first time to Nike Tennis Camp. My son would come to the camp again. Thank you very much!

  • 5/5.
Had A Blast!

My 10 year old son had a blast and I can tell his love for tennis has grown. I have a feeling he'll be back next summer.

  • 5/5.
4 year veteran!

I LOVED this camp and now have been going for 4 years!

  • 5/5.
Everything Fantastic

Everything fantastic! Great job. The kids loved it.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 3:00PM $495.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 3:00PM $495.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 3:00PM $495.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 3:00PM $495.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 3:00PM $495.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9:00AM - 3:00PM $495.00
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.