UC Santa Cruz Adult Nike Tennis Camp

UC Santa Cruz Adult Nike Tennis Camp
UC Santa Cruz Adult Nike Tennis Camp

The Nike Adult Tennis Camp at The University of California, Santa Cruz is one of our most popular adult camp locations. This adult summer camp leaves you will have a renewed enthusiasm for tennis, vastly improved skills, and the inspiration to make tennis your game for life!

We've designed our adult tennis camp programs to address your specific needs, increase your knowledge of the game and to move you to the next level without forcing you to make radical changes. We will focus on doubles play and instruction.

Highlights Include

  • 4:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Daily on-court instruction from an exceptional staff!
  • Coaches Eye video analysis provided for all campers

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Bob Hansen
Camp Director

Bob Hansen

Bob Hansen, famous men’s coach and creator of the Santa Cruz “Slugs” tennis program is a seven-time NCAA championship winner and returns for his 32nd year as director of the camp. Hansen is now the Head Men’s tennis coach at Middlebury College, after coaching the UCSC Slugs for over 30 years with many national team titles.

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Hansen is now in his fifth season as the head coach of the Middlebury men's tennis team. He came to Middlebury from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has served as the head men’s coach for 30 years.

In his first four seasons, he has continued the post-season tradition with the team advancing into the NCAA Tournament each year. In the spring of 2013, his team finished 20-5 with a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals, while in 2014, Hansen’s squad finished with a 21-5 mark, advancing to the NCAA final four. Last season, the Panthers advanced all the way to the national title match with a 22-5 record, tied for the second-most wins in the program's history.

The creator of the UCSC tennis program, Hansen is regarded as one of the top coaches in the country. Hansen led the team to seven NCAA Championships (1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009), appearing in the finals 13 of 24 years. Hansen’s players have won 10 NCAA doubles titles and five NCAA singles titles. Under Hansen’s direction, the UCSC tennis program produced 117 All-Americans.

Hansen has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coach of the Year four times and in 2000 was honored as the ITA Coach of the Decade for the 1990s. During that time span, his teams were undefeated against Division III opponents in the regular season going with a 73-0 mark. Hansen has served as an executive board member of the ITA as well as its Division III representative. He also served as the chair of the NCAA Division III Tennis Committee as well as a member of the ITA Rules Committee.

As a player, Hansen was Northern California’s Open Player of the Year and was ranked in the top eight for five-straight years during the late 1970s. He received an ATP world ranking as well as much valuable coaching experience while playing the international circuit before coming to UC Santa Cruz. He registered wins over many top-100 players including top-10 players Brad Gilbert and Paul McNamee. He won the USTA 40 National Grass Court Championships held in Santa Barbara.

During the summers, Hansen directed the NIKE Santa Cruz Tennis Camps where he was a pioneer in the development of the tournament training program for ranked juniors.

Hansen is a 1975 graduate of San Jose State University, where he earned a degree in physical education. He later returned to his alma mater and received a Master’s degree in the same subject in 1980.

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Ben Belletto
Camp Director

Ben Belletto

Ben Belletto was a camp instructor at UC Santa Cruz Nike tennis Camp from 1998 to 2002. We are thrilled to have him back to direct camp this summer! After a successful ten year tenure at Pomona-Pitzer where he headed the men's tennis program, Belletto will now coachecs the Purple & Gold of Whittier College. 

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While at Pomona-Pitzer, Belletto coached 13 All-American selections, 25 All-SCIAC performers, saw Pomona-Pitzer named an ITA Academic All-American team from 2004-2012, had a nationally ranked program every year since 2007, which included a Top 10 finish in 2010 and four consecutive Top 20 finishes from 2010-2013.  In 2011 and 2012 his teams earned a selection into the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships.

While coaching at Pomona-Pitzer he taught courses within the Athletic department including advanced tennis and squash and in 2012 was a Southern California Section Captain for the Pacific Cup coaching a group of boys and girls ages 12-18 in a round robin tournament that took place in Beaverton, Oregon.

Prior to coaching at Pomona-Pitzer, Belletto coached the Piedmont High School men's tennis team in 2001 where they earned a Bay Shore Athletic League Conference Championship.

Belletto graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2001 obtaining a B.A. in Politics before grabbing his M.A. in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University in 2009.

During his time at Pomona-Pitzer he performed numerous duties within the Athletic Department including being the Sports Information Director and Assistant Sports Information Director from 2003-2013, while being an Events Coordinator overseeing game day operations for football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball.

He currently serves as the Co-Director of the UC Santa Cruz Nike tennis Camp and was an instructor at the same camp from 1998-2002.  He published an article called The importance of College Tennis Culture published on www.tennisrecruiting .net and presented at the ITA Coaches Convention a presentation on Team Culture.

Camp Details

2016 Camp Information

The University of California, Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Adult Camp offers an Intermediate & Advanced Players' Clinic for ages 18 and over. Camp includes instruction, doubles match play, strategy, and a social event on Saturday night. 

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Check In/Out


Saturday: 9:00am at the East Fieldhouse Courts.


Sunday: 4:00pm at the East Fieldhouse Courts.


  • Saturday:  9:00am-5:30pm, followed by a social event.
  • Sunday:  9:30am-4:00pm

Please note: These are Day Camps and only and run during the hours listed above. The camp tuition DOES NOT include housing. Campers are required to provide their own overnight accommodations.


Lunch is included on Saturday and Sunday.


Campers will play on USCS's 12 ocean view outdoor tennis 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: TNARSC

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 Check-in/Registration
  • 10:00 Skill Assessment
  • 10:45 Orientation
  • 11:00 Stroke Mechanics Lecture
  • 11:15am Groundstroke Progressions
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:15pm Demo Return of Serve
  • 1:30pm Return of Serve Drills
  • 2:15pm Volley and Overhead Demo and Progressions
  • 3:00pm Volley and Overhead Drills
  • 3:30pm Break and Serve Demonstration
  • 3:45pm Serve Work
  • 4:15pm Doubles Lecture
  • 4:45pm First Set Doubles Drills
  • 5:30pm Social Event
  • 7:00pm Camper Depart
  • 8:30am Doubles Lecture
  • 8:45am Warm Up/Stretch
  • 9:00am Doubles Drills
  • 10:15am Diagonal Serve and Volley games
  • 11:15am Competitive Games
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:15pm Davis Cup Match
  • 3:30pm Camp Evaluation & Final Review
  • 4:00pm Campers depart

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

This is my 2nd trip to the UC Santa Cruz camp with Bob Hansen, Bryce (Men's Coach) and Erin (Women's Coach). All 3 are quality instructors and make it so much fun learning the proper way to play tennis. Thanks Bob, Bryce AKA Bird and Erin!!! 

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  • 5/5.
Exceptional Instructors

Bob Hansen & Bryce Parmelly are exceptional instructors and leaders. The camp is outstanding due to their enthusiasm, expertise, and attention to and involvement with campers. The camp was a treat for me and I hope to attend again next summer.

  • 3/5.
Coming Back!

Great camp, great instructors. I will definitely look to do it again next year. It would be great if the time allocated for each module was extended so campers have time to really get the technique down.

  • 5/5.
Wonderful Experience

The staff could not have been any better! They were positive and supportive and the instruction clear and easy to follow. It was a wonderful experience. I'll be back!

  • 4/5.
Passionate Staff

Overall a fantastic experience. Bob and his team are deeply passionate about the sport and know how to effectively communicate this during their instruction. See you next year!

  • 3/5.
Great Instruction!

Instruction was great; I did improve my game. I would suggest game play at second half of day to implement drills into actual play. There was a lot to learn!

  • 5/5.
Looking Forward to Next Year!

Bob Hansen and the staff were all extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I especially liked the video analysis. I'm already looking forward to attending next summer!

  • 5/5.
Informative and Fun!

Coach Hansen and the staff did a great job making the camp informative and fun. It's a ton of work to pull of a camp like this, and they made it look effortless. It was a treat to be able to spend time in the court with so many great people - campers and coaches alike!

  • 5/5.
Extremely friendly

Bob Hansen and the staff were all extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I'm already looking forward to attending next summer!

  • 5/5.

Excellent all around!

  • 4/5.

Ben and his staff were tremendous. Plan to attend again in the future.

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.