Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Barbara

Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Barbara
Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Barbara

Come join the fun at the Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Barbara. Gorgeous weather, superb tennis training and fun off-court activities make this a wonderful youth summer camp experience. Our goal is for every camper to take their game to the next level, create lasting friendships, and have a good time.

Nike Tennis Camps in Santa Barbara, CA

Known all over the world for its exceptional beauty, Santa Barbara boasts stunning scenery and glistening, palm-lined beaches. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their tennis technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. The UC Santa Barbara Nike Tennis Camp is a camp for young athletes to come and vastly improve their tennis game, work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun!

Highlights Include

  • Daily tennis instruction from UCSB head and assitant coaches and their experienced staff
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • 5-6 hours of daily tennis training with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
  • Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Simon Thibodeau
Camp Director

Simon Thibodeau

Simon Thibodeau is in his fifth season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara.Thibodeau came to the Gauchos after heading the women’s tennis program at Fresno State for nine years where he accumulated six Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards.

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Thibodeau and the Gauchos are coming off of one of the finest seasons in school history. Playing without a senior on the roster, UCSB won the 2016 Big West Tournament, advancing to the program's first NCAA Tournament since 1996. In the tournament, the Gauchos defeated Kansas, the NCAA win in school history, before falling at Cal and finishing with a 19-8 overall record, the best mark in 20 years.

In addition to the team success, Santa Barbara sent the doubles team of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic to the NCAA Tournament where they easily won a first round match before falling to the No. 1 seeded tandem of Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay of North Carolina, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

Thibodeau's Gauchos have gone 58-42 during his first four seasons, but that includes a 35-17 mark ovefr the last two seasons.

Thibodeau was named the women’s tennis head coach at UCSB on June 12, 2012. He came to the Gauchos after heading the women’s tennis program at Fresno State for nine years where he accumulated six Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards.

At Fresno, Thibodeau's teams collected seven WAC titles and made five appearances in the Sweet 16. He coached nine All-Americans and had seven players compete in the NCAA individual tournament. His team had the highest year-end ranking in program history and he compiled a winninger percentage of .750.

Thibodeau helped the Bulldogs accumulate a record of 159-80. His teams finished five seasons ranked among the nation’s top-20, including an all-time high of 13th in 2004.  In 2009, Fresno State won a school record 24 matches and finished the season ranked 16th in the nation.  In all, Thibodeau’s teams won 20 or more dual matches on five occasions. 

He also brought individual attention to his players in his nine seasons at Fresno State. Melanie Gloria gained four consecutive WAC Player of the Year awards and a career high Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking of No. 2 in the nation. Overall, his teams produced seven WAC Players of the Year, one ITA National Rookie of the Year, five WAC Freshmen of the Year and nine All-Americans. Nationally, his players have regularly finished ranked in the nation’s top-100 and as high as No. 4 in singles and No. 1 in doubles.

Thibodeau has coached numerous players into the NCAA Individual Championships and in 2004 one of his players, Jelena Pandzic, reached the title match.  In 2005, the Bulldogs’ tandem of Lucia Sainz and Katarina Winterhalter reached the championship match in the All-American doubles competition and in 2006 they reached the NCAA doubles final. In 2006, Melanie Gloria appeared in the All-American singles championship as well as the Indoor Semifinals. Gloria paired with Tinesta Rowe reaching the NCAA doubles championship in 2008. That same year, Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova reached the NCAA doubles semifinals, the All-American final, and won the ITA Indoor doubles championship. In 2009 the doubles duo ended the season ranked No. 1 in the ITA doubles rankings and Petukhova won the All-American singles consolation.

Thibodeau’s Fresno State teams not only excelled on the court, but in the classroom as well.  The Bulldogs earned ITA All-Academic Team honors five times, achieving a collective grade point average over 3.20.  In 2009, the team achieved a cumulative 3.60 GPA, had five players named to the Academic All-WAC team and one to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and All-American teams. 

Before becoming a bulldog, Thibodeau was the assistant coach for the University of Arizona women’s team for three years, helping to steer the Wildcats into the ITA top-25.

Thibodeau, originally from Repentigny, Quebec, graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in 1997, where he received his bachelor’s in specialized sports science. There he worked under the Canadian Tennis Federation as a national coach for Canadian junior players, where he traveled around the world gaining an abundance of knowledge on the junior circuit. He supervised national training camps, coached members of the national junior team and assisted with the Canadian Federation Cup team.

In his first full season here at UC Santa Barbara, Thibodeau helped steer an impressive 15-9 record. The squad performed well in conference play, posting a 5-4 record in Big West conference action. Guiding the team to the Big West tournament, Thibodeau and his squad fell just short with a semifinal loss to eventual champion, Long Beach St. Making his mark in the conference, Thibodeau had players Kiersten Meehan and April Scatliffe honored with season awards from the Big West. 

Fulfilling his second season as head coach for Santa Barbara, Thibodeau and his young team fought for an 8-16 season record. Playing top compeition like UCLA, Washington, Washington St., Columbia and Kansas St., the Gauchos faced premier programs for portions of the season. Recording an even 4-4 conference record, the Gauchos once again qualified for the season's Big West tournament. Much like the previous year, UCSB fell in a semifinal match to Long Beach St. 

In his third season at UCSB, Thibodeau turned his team completely around, leading the Gauchos to a 16-9 record including big wins over nationally ranked teams such as No. 44 St. Mary's and No. 66 Illinois. The Gauchos achieved a national ranking of No. 50 during the 2014-2015 season, the highest ranking the women's tennis team had recieved since 2011. The Gauchos made it to the finals of the Big West Championship, but fell to Long Beach St. 

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Blake Muller

Blake Muller

Santa Barbara-native Blake Muller, is in his third season back as assistant coach to Marty Davis on the UCSB men's tennis staff.

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Muller was a Gaucho assistant from 2009 through 2011, but left to pursue positions in private industry. Most recently, he spent time as an account manager at Percolate, Inc., in New York City.

A 2009 graduate of Stanford with degrees in communication and political science, Muller was a four-year member of the men's tennis team. Playing primarily at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the lineup, he posted 67 career singles victories. In doubles, he played mostly in the No. 1 slot and recorded 77 victories.

In addition to his prowess on the court, Muller was an outstanding student. He was a two-time ITA Scholar Athlete, a two-time Academic All-American and a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

Muller was a two-time All-American at Santa Barbara High School. He was a three-time Channel League singles champion and Most Valuable Player and a two-time All-CIF selection. He made the CIF singles final in 2004 and the semifinals in 2005. Muller was twice the recipient of the SoCal Sportsmanship Award and at one time was ranked No. 1 in Southern California and among the top-10 for Junior 18's and 16's. 

Camp Details

2016 Santa Barbara Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering two weeks of Overnight, Extended day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day tennis camp (8:30am-4:30pm) for boys and girls ages 9-18 of all abilities. In addition, we offer a special Tournament Training and High School Training program. Overnight campers must be at least 10 years old.

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Camp Program Offerings

All sessions are open to players of all abilities. In addition to our All Skills Program, we offer a special Tournament Training Program and High School Program. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

Tournament Training Program:

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 Program:

The High School Program is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.


  • Overnight campers: 1:00-2:00pm on first day of session
  • Day campers: 1:30-2:00pm on first day of session (Sunday) 
  • Graduation: 11:00am Friday at the Rob Gym Tennis Courts for all campers. Parents are invited to attend! (Park at the lot on Stadium Road across the street from “new high rise” parking structure.)
  • Check-out: Immediately after graduation

Day Camper Schedule

  • Sunday: 1:30-2:00pm check-in. Depart at 4:30pm.
  • Monday-Thursday: Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 4:30pm. Extended Day Campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 9:00pm.
  • Friday: All campers have a graduation at 11:00am and check-out at 12:00pm.


All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are included for Extended Day Campers. Lunch is included for Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.


UCSB offers an amazing tennis environment with state-of-the-art athletic facilities and 14 tennis courts. In the event of rain, campers will watch tennis videos and do off-court conditioning. 


Camper will stay in the Tropicana Dorms with 2-4 campers per room. Roommates are assigned by age and roommate requests. There is no A/C in the dorms, but it never gets too hot.

Evening Activities

Off-court and evening activities may include bowling, beach bbq, and movie night.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend Stayovers are not available at this location

Designated Airport

Santa Barbara Airport

Travel/Airport Transportation

Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots.  Transportation is not provided to/from the airport to camp. Transportation services can be arranged from the Santa Barbara Airport or Los Angeles Airport. Please call Yellow Cab at 805-965-5111. Or you can look up local taxis whose numbers you can find at Transportation from Los Angeles International Airport can also be arranged by calling Roadrunner Shuttle at (805) 389-8196. The cost is approximately $80 per person, and $10 each additional person. The Los Angeles Airport is approx.2.0 hours from campus. 

If your camper is arriving by air and is an unaccompanied minor or would like to be met by a staff member at the airport, please provide us with your flight information, at least two weeks prior to camp. (1-800-645-3226)

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: TNXRUC

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 2:30pm-3:00pm Introduction, Photo
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Evaluation
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm Day Camper pick up
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Shower/Clean Up
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Dorm Orientation, Camper Tour, Free Time
  • 9:00pm-10:00pm Quiet Time
  • 10:00pm Lights Out
  • 7:00am-7:30am Wake Up
  • 7:30am-8:15am Breakfast
  • 8:15am-8:30am Day and Extended Day Campers arrive
  • 8:30am-9:00am Stretching, Warm-Up, Daily Preview
  • 9:00am-11:15am Instruction, Drills and Video Analysis
  • 11:30am-1:30pm Lunch Break, Swimming and Activities
  • 1:30pm-4:30pm Instruction, Drills and Video Analysis
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm Day Camper Pick Up
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Shower/Clean Up
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm Evening Activities (Bowling, Movie Night, Beach Party, Video Night)
  • 9:00pm-9:15pm Extended Day Pick Up
  • 9:00pm-10:00pm Free Time
  • 10:00pm Lights Out
  • 7:00am-7:30am Wake Up
  • 7:30am-8:15am Breakfast
  • 8:15am-8:30am Day and Extended Day Campers arrive
  • 8:30am-11:00am Team Competition
  • 11:00am-Noon Graduation
  • Noon Check Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

This was our daughters first time attending the Nike Tennis camp & she absolutely loved it!! She attended the day camp & next year she wants to stay all night! Thank you for making it a wonderful experience!

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  • 5/5.

Our daughter had such a great time at this camp it was her first time going and she met new friends who she still is in contact with also her game improved AND her confidence level we will definitely do this camp next year AND we would recommend it too

  • 5/5.

My daughter said it was the best summer experience she's ever had!

  • 4/5.

really excellent two weeks. Miriam enjoyed herself tremendously. a shout out to Erica and April for making her feel comfortable and able as a tennis player

  • 3/5.

On the activity's you said that their would be Video Analysis. Which you did not do, but I really appreciated the fact that we trained 8 hours or so a day. And loved the tennis coaches. I would love to come next year maybe for more than 1 week.

  • 5/5.
Loved Camp!

My son LOVED this camp and has already requested two weeks next year! We will want to sign up as soon as the dates get released. Thanks to everyone for a fabulous week. I am so thrilled that he is getting more into tennis as a result. 

  • 4/5.
Enthusiasm and Learning

The UCSB tennis camp was great! Peter learned a great deal and has had more enthusiasm for the sport. He is looking forward to attending next year. Thanks for a great experience!

  • 4/5.
Gaining Confidence

The staff was very helpful they helped alot wtih increasing the tequnique and pace of the ball. Camp gave me the confidence and skills i needed to enhance my game!

  • 4/5.
Fostering Friendships

I had a great time at the Nike Tennis Camp UCSB. I am planning on returning next summer to see the friends I made during my stay and to meet new friends as well. I also enjoyed how much I learned from the counselors as well as Coach's Davis and Kirkwood.

  • 4/5.

The camp staff was great. It was an overall great experience on and off the court!

  • 4/5.
Such a blast!

My son, age 12, had a blast. He swiftly joined the USTA upon arriving home from camp. Thank you for inspiring him to love tennis.

  • 5/5.
We'll Be Back

Jeremiah had a great time. And that was what his mom and I were hoping for. He is really enthusiastic about tennis again.  We will definitely have Jeremiah return in the near future. He loved being taught by Coaches Marty, Taylor, and Mike. He had a wonderful time.

  • 4/5.
Really liked the camp!

I really liked the camp! I liked eating at the dorm and movie night.

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.