UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp

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

This summer, choose a summer tennis camp with the ultimate combination of athletics and fun at the UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp. By offering a perfect mix of match play, drill work, strategy sessions and on-campus and off-campus activities, campers will create memories to last a lifetime at this junior summer tennis camp!

Nike Tennis Summer Camp in Santa Cruz, CA

UC Santa Cruz, a favorite Nike Tennis Camp venue for over 20 years, again offers general, high school and national tennis training camp sessions for juniors, as well as a new College Prospect Camp. All week long tennis camps consist of a core tennis program that includes technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of tennis. Mornings focus on the technique while afternoons are geared towards match-play situations. 

Highlights Include

  • Daily on-court tennis instruction from renown former Slugs men's tennis coach, Bob Hansen, current Slugs men's coach, Bryce Parmelly, and Whittier College head coach, Ben Belletto
  • Special College Prospect Camp Aug 10-11, 2015!
  • Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt
  • Fun off-court evening activities including a sports night with a climbing wall, Casino Night and concludes with a camp dance on the last night
  • 5-6 hours of tennis training daily with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio

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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 33rd 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 second 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 the past 30 years.

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 the last 24 years. Hansen’s players have won 10 NCAA doubles titles and five NCAA singles titles. Under coach Hansen’s direction, the UCSC tennis program produced 117 All-Americans.

Hansen has been named the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) 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.

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

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Bryce Parmelly
Camp Director

Bryce Parmelly

Bryce Parmelly is entering his 14th consecutive summer in affiliation with the Nike Tennis Camp-Santa Cruz.

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In Bryce’s tenure as Head Coach of the UC Santa Cruz Men’s Tennis Program, 2011-2013, his team has acquired numerous accomplishments. He has graduated multiple singles and doubles All-Americans both seasons, and has finished with top 15 National Team Rankings in conclusion of both seasons. In 2012 his team reached the finals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, finishing their season ranked nine in the country.

Bryce graduated in 2005 with a degree in Psychology before starting his coaching career under legendary coach Bob Hansen. Given his time spent here as a player, coach, and 13 summers of involvement with the Nike Jr. Tennis Camp Santa Cruz, Bryce’s influence over the Slug culture has been nothing short of profound.  Bryce’s mission is clear, “I believe whole-heartedly in the Slug Tennis program and the significant impact it has on people. This is why I have chosen to take over as the Head Men’s Tennis Coach here at UC Santa Cruz. I want to continue contributing to Slug Tennis and to share all that Bob and Slug Tennis have taught me. The journey to build a championship team year in and year out will continue to drive this program.”

As the Head Assistant Coach between the years 2005-2010 the Slugs have won an astounding four National Team Titles.  The Slugs won the ITA National Indoor Team Championships in 2007 and 2010, and were finalists in 2006 and 2008. In 2007 and 2009 the Slugs finished the season as the top ranked team in the country taking home the NCAA Team Title both years. In these five seasons the Slugs never ended their season with a national ranking lower than six. Bryce helped to produce two National Singles Titles, three National Doubles Titles, three Ojai Singles Championships, two Ojai Doubles Championships, along with eight singles and 12 doubles All-American selections. In 2010 he was awarded ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the West Region.

As a player, Bryce helped lead his team to the 2005 NCAA Team Championship. His team reached the finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships twice in 2002 and 2005.  In each of his four seasons the Slugs never ended their season with a national ranking lower than five. His singles career consisted of multiple wins over top 30 nationally ranked players and in 2005 he was selected as a Doubles All-American.  He and his partner won the ITA West Regional Tournament in the fall of 2004 as they went on to reach the finals of the ITA National Small College Championships that same year. In the winter of 2004, Bryce reached his highest national doubles ranking of two in the country.

Ben Belletto
Camp Director

Ben Belletto

Ben Belletto is the Director of Tennis at Whittier College. Belletto has been working at the UC Santa Cruz camp since 1998 and has been a Co-Director since 2006 and a Nike Camp Director since 2012. 

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After a successful ten year tenure at Pomona-Pitzer where he headed the men's tennis program, Belletto wrapped up his second season at Whittier College as the Director of Tennis, overseeing both the Men’s and Women’s programs.

In his first season at Whittier, the Men finished the season ranked 19 in the country, and advanced to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals, both program firsts. Additionally, David Konstantinov (Singles and Doubles) and Chris Schommer (Doubles), became the program’s first ITA All-Americans.

Overall, Belletto has coached 16 All-American selections, and 32 All-SCIAC performers, and five consecutive top 20 finishes (2010-2014).

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 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.

Drew Cohn

Drew Cohn

Drew just completed his second season as Interim Head Women's Tennis Coach for Pomona-Pitzer. Last year, the team finished with a ranking of #10 in the nation and this season they finished #7. This year, he earned the ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year Award as well as the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year.

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Additionally, he has coached 4 All-American selections and 8 All-SCIAC performers in 2 seasons at Pomona-Pitzer. Cohn is entering his 8th consecutive summer at Nike Tennis Camp at UC Santa Cruz.

No stranger to Sagehen tennis, Cohn was a four-year member of the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Tennis team, helping the program climb to as high as No. 8 in the nation his senior year (2011), when he served as a team captain. He attended Pitzer College, where he was a member of the activities committee and a resident assistant.

After graduating from Pitzer with a dual major in economics and political studies, and earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, Cohn went on to get his master's in business administration from La Verne. He served for two years as an assistant coach for the La Verne women's tennis program, which he helped to its first national ranking in program history.

Christian De Jesus

Christian De Jesus

Christian De Jesus, in his first season as Head Coach for the Slugs, brings the best of both worlds to the table as a Head Coach and as a former student-athlete.  Winner of the...

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Christian De Jesus, in his first season as Head Coach for the Slugs, brings the best of both worlds to the table as a Head Coach and as a former student-athlete.  Winner of the Rookie of the Year Award, as a player, he played for four years for the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. Being a full-time student athlete, the Puerto Rican native couldn't deny his passion for the sport and decided to get an education in Physical Education Coaching. 

In 2010, his senior year, Christian served as an Assistant Coach for the Men's Tennis Team at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez where he led the team to incredible results against several NCAA Division III universities. In 2011 he went to Turabo University, where he completed his Master's in Sports Training, and served as an Assistant Coach for both Men's and Women's Tennis teams. Once again he was able to obtain amazing results getting back to back semi-finals and a 3rd place in the nation in the Puerto Rico Inter-university Athletics League or better known as LAI.

Camp Details

2015 Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering four weeks of Overnight, Extended Day (8:30am-9:00pm) and Day (8:30am-5:30pm) tennis lessons for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels, with Tournament Training and High School Program options each week. In addition, we are offering two weeks of High School Only tennis training sessions as well as a College Prospect Camp for ranked players looking for exposure to and guidance from top D-I, D-II, and D-III collegiate coaches!

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Camp Program Offerings

2015 Programs by Week

June 21-26 (All Skills & Tournament Training & High School) 
June 28-July 3 (All Skills & Tournament Training & High School) 
July 12-17 (All Skills & Tournament Training & High School) 
July 19-24 (High School Only | Ages 13-18)
July 26-31 (High School Only | Ages 13-18)
August 2-7 (All Skills & Tournament Training & High School) 
August 10-11 (College Prospect Camp)

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. 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.

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.

College Prospect Camp

Please see "College Prospect Camp" section below.


  • All campers check-in Sunday between 12:30 - 2:30pm at the dorms. (All Day and Extended Day Campers will depart that evening after dinner and evening activities at 9:00pm.)
  • Graduation: 4:30pm at the dorms. (Parents invited to attend!)
  • Check-out is immediately following graduation at 5:15pm on the last day of the session.

Extended Day & Day Camper Schedule

  • Sunday: Day campers & Extended Day campers arrive at 12:30-2:30pm and depart at 9:00pm.
  • Monday-Thursday: Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 5:30pm.Extended Day campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 9:00pm.
  • Friday: All campers have a graduation at 4:30pm. Check-out for all campers is immediately after the Graduation at 5:15pm.


All meals are provided for Overnight Campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. Lunch is provided for all Day campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day.


The campus offers campers the opportunity to play in a perfect environment with 12 ocean view outdoor courts, playing fields, a gymnasium and Olympic-sized pool. In the event of rain, campers will watch tennis videos and do off-court conditioning. 


2015: Dorms TBD | 2014: Campers live on-campus in the Cowell Dorms and the courts and dining faciltities are an easy walk from there. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. Some triples may be available, but not guaranteed. There is no A/C in the dorms. Campers may bring fans.

Evening Activities

In addition to the Davis Cup competition during the week, evenings give the campers a chance to relax and enjoy fun off-court activities like a sports night with a climbing wall, Casino Night, a trip to the Beach and Boardwalk and concludes with a camp dance on the last night.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend stayovers are available between all sessions EXCEPT between weeks 2 & 3 (after July 3). Campers attending multiple sessions, and who stay over the weekend, are fully supervised and enjoy fun activities like movies and ice cream, visiting downtown Santa Cruz, the beach or the Mystery spot in Santa Cruz. There is a charge of $250/weekend. Additional spending money is required.

International Camper Options

International campers seeking a Sport and Language program can find a list of camp sessions and a detailed description of our new programs by clicking this link. International campers seeking a Sport Only program, a multi-week sport camp experience, can easily combine any of our individual Tennis Camp sessions together with a weekend stay over to create the right camp program to fit your needs!

College Prospect Camp

The College Prospect Camp is an intense camp geared towards regionally and sectionally ranked players looking to play tennis at the D-I, D-II, and D-III college level. This program is designed to provide high school players with a unique opportunity to train like a college tennis player on court with top U.S. college coaches and play in competitive matches. The coaches will put the players through high intensity drills, match play and teach them strategies they use to help players improve and prepare their tennis game for college. Coaches will also educate players about how to conduct a proper college search, how to get coaches to respond to you, how to maximize the college tennis experience and many other secrets to the college recruiting process. Athletes often have a difficult time gaining exposure due to busy tournament schedules, school and location. Participating in these events has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for all.

Campers can choose between an Overnight option or Extended Day (Tues: 9:00am-9:30pm & Wed: 8:30am-4:15pm) camp option.

Daily Schedule & Information
  • Monday: All campers check-in Monday at 9:00am at the dorms. Day Campers will depart that evening after dinner and evening activities at 9:30pm. (Lunch and dinner included for all campers.)
  • Tuesday: Day campers arrive Tuesday at 8:30am. All campers check out on Tuesday at 4:15pm. (Breakfast included for Overnight campers. Lunch included for all campers.)
College Prospect Coaching Staff
  • Bob Hansen - Head Men’s Tennis Coach, Middlebury College
  • Pablo Pirez de Almeida - Head Men's Tennis Coach, University of San Francisco
  • Ben Belletto - Director of Tennis, Whittier College

*Additional coach(es) coming soon!

Designated Airport

San Jose International Airport

Airport Transportation

Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations, or bus depots. Transportation services can be arranged from the San Jose Airport or San Francisco International by using the services below:

Super Shuttle: 415.558.8500 - www.supershuttle.com
South & East Bay Shuttle: 800.548.4664 or 408.225.4444

Unaccompanied Minors: If you have a camper arriving by air who is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines, we recommend scheduling a shuttle from the airport to camp through www.blacklane.com.  This includes a meet and greet at the airport.

Please schedule your arrivals and departures to provide plenty of time to get to/from the SJC or SFO.

Let us know your plans! Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information so we know when to expect your child's arrival to camp.

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: TNXRSC

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
  • 8:45am 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
  • 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis, Swimming
  • 5:00pm Rest, Shower, Dinner
  • 7:15pm Evening Activity
  • 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Positive Player

Bob Hansen and the entire staff were PHENOMENAL! – Very enthusiastic, competent, and fully engaged with the kids. My daughter left with extremely positive feelings about the state of her tennis game after the camp.

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  • 4/5.
Veteran Camper Still Impressed

I had an awesome time at camp this summer, and though it was my fourth summer there, everything was still fun and exciting. I learned a lot while I was at camp and made some awesome new friends, as well as seeing old friends. Also, I got really close to some of the counselors and that was awesome. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • 5/5.
Overcoming Nerves

I didn’t know what to expect coming to this camp. I was slightly worried because I didn’t go with any other people I knew. However, the counselors and staff were very nice and made it so I was not nervous to play. Although my week had its ups and downs, I improved greatly, and had a wonderful overall experience. When I got back home I signed up for a tournament and ended up taking second place in 16 and under Doubles. Without going to camp previously, I don’t think I would have taken a chance to play in a tournament like this. Because of this I would like to say thank you to all of the staff that made my week so memorable, and helped me to better my game.

  • 4/5.
Time of My Life!

When I first got to the camp, the director told us campers that he wanted to make this "the best five days of our lives" and at first I laughed because I thought, "well this is just a tennis camp"... I was completely wrong! Those five days were the BEST five days of my life! I have never had so much fun and the people I met were amazing. All the counselors were awesome and also very helpful. I improved so much especially from just those little pep talks we got everyday. I am so happy I could share my experience in this comment box because it has only been five days since I was there and I CANNOT stop talking about what an amazing time I had. I asked my parents to let me go back every day! The staff couldn't get better, the tennis playing couldn't get better, the atmosphere just could not get any better than what it is. Next year, I am coming back for three weeks AT LEAST! I have made life long friends and the memories I have from that camp will never fade. Not to mention, everything was clean and the people in the kitchen were sooooo considerate to those with dietary issues. I was so impressed. They truly did do everything to make it the best experience of my life. I cannot wait till next year. I LOVE UC SANTA CRUZ NIKE TENNIS CAMP!!! I wish I could express my love for this camp more!!!! Now, I am SO in love with tennis I just want to play everyday for hours and hours, so I do! Every time I play a match, I will never forget that one thing Ben told everyone that helped me become undefeated in camp... "Stay in the present. Don't think about winning. Don't think about losing. Just play out that one point." I learned so many new formations and my friend and I came up with our own which worked! AMAZING! I would give just about anything to be back there right now! I already got 6 of my friends to come next year smile Well done Nike Tennis Camp! Thank you for giving me the most outstanding time of my life. DON’T CHANGE!!!! Long story short... UC Santa Cruz Nike Tennis Camp was the best 5 days I have ever had and NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, could top that camp. THANK YOU!
Love, Camper of the Week (which was also pretty awesome receiving that award)

  • 5/5.
The Perfect Balance

My daughter had a great time. A good balance between independence and supervision. She felt trusted so could be trustworthy. The tennis was great and the friends wonderful. Amazingly, no food complaints. 

  • 5/5.
Coaches Take the Cake

The best sports camps I’ve ever been to. The counselors were awesome. Had such a great time… Bird and Coach Hansen are fantastic coaches and know what they are talking about. 

  • 5/5.
Great staff!

Great counsellors! Couldn't be a better balance between fun, funny and amazing tennis coaching. Go Chris and Bird and Bob! 

  • 5/5.
Most fun!

Santa Cruz Tennis camp was one of the most fun weeks that I've spent this summer. It highly helped me improve as a player and now I am way more eager to play and to practice the game. The counselors were kind and the college campus layout was nice. I can't wait to come back next summer for my second experience, and to show everyone how I have improved.

  • 5/5.

Amazing camp experience on and off the court. Bob's the best!

  • 5/5.
Highlight of summer!

Loved this camp so much!! It was the highlight of my summer!!

  • 3/5.
Great experience!

The food could have been better, but otherwise great experience!

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend!

Everything was great as expected for my daughter. I am sending both of my kids next summer. Great camp highly recommend to my friends!

  • 1/5.
My son never wants to leave!

My son had an awesome time. He was nervous going in, as he was a less experienced player and a first timer at the camp. The counselors and other campers made him feel totally welcome and he made so many friends. He loved it all and, even though we live nearby, he will probably do the overnight camp next year so he never has to leave. Thank you.

  • 4/5.

I really appreciated the passion our counselors had for the game of tennis and how helpful and kind they were while helping us become better tennis players.

  • 5/5.
Fabulous instructors!

Fabulous instructors, and great mix of tennis and fun activities. My two girls attended, and their passion for the sport has increased considerably. We will definitely come back next year. Thank you!

  • 5/5.
Awesome time!

I had an awesome time and all the counselors/directors make the camp great and help you improve while having a blast!

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.