University of Alabama Nike Tennis Camp Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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The Alabama Nike Tennis Camp is a junior tennis camp for young athletes to come and vastly 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.
Our summer camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities. The University of Alabama’s athletic program is steeped in tradition and pride, which makes this Crimson Tide Tennis Camp an unforgettable experience.
- Daily on-court instruction from UA head men's coach, George Husack, and his expert staff
- Fun off-court activities for overnight campers, including a pizza party, games on the "Quad" and other social events
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction including drilling and match play with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
The University of Alabama is situated on a beautiful 1,000 acre campus in the heart of Tuscaloosa. Campers will have access to 30 total courts - 12 varsity lighted courts, 12 courts at the Recreation Center across the street, and the new air-conditioned tennis center, The Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility, contains six regulation NCAA hard courts, in addition to a lobby and restroom. Campers will also be able to use the varsity track, swimming pools and numerous recreational facilities.
The Nike Tennis Camp at University of Alabama is open to any and all entrants, limited only by age and number of campers.Meet your coaching staff
George Husack will be entering his first season at the Capstone as he was named head coach on June 13, 2012. Husack joins the Crimson Tide after having spent the last three seasons as associate head coach for the four-time defending national champion University of Southern California Trojans.Read Full Bio
Husack, the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Assistant Coach of the Year, was responsible for coaching, player development and recruiting throughout his tenure with the Trojans. In addition, he helped train and motivate one of the most decorated players in collegiate tennis, Steve Johnson, to back-to-back NCAA Singles Championships and 72 consecutive singles victories. As a team, the Trojans compiled an 85-6 overall record over the last three seasons and had four individuals earn a combined 10 All-America honors under his watch.
Prior to his appointment at USC, Husack spent two seasons as associate head coach at Illinois after having been the head coach at Santa Clara for five years.
While at Illinois, Husack helped the Illini to two straight trips to the NCAA Round of 16 while coaching student-athletes that attained top-10 rankings nationally in both singles and doubles. As with USC, his primary responsibilities included player development and recruiting.
Husack assumed the reins of head coach at Santa Clara in 2002 after having served as an assistant since 1995. Throughout his tenure as head coach, he built a program that reached many milestones including the highest national singles and doubles rankings in school history, a program record for most team wins in a single season as the Broncos went 20-8 in 2007, 19 All-West Coast Conference singles and doubles selections and 14 All-WCC All-Academic and ITA Scholar-Athlete honorees.
Husack, no stranger to the court himself, spent two seasons competing professionally on the International Tennis Federation and United States Tennis Association Tours.
In addition to his professional experiences in tennis, Husack also spent time in the business sector, serving as a plan specialist for Franklin Mutual Fund, an operations analyst for Wells Fargo and Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships in athletics at Santa Clara.
A native of San Mateo, Calif., Husack earned his bachelor's degree in finance from San Diego State in 1991, while later attaining an MBA in marketing from the University of San Francisco in 1995. As a member of the San Diego State men's tennis team, he served as team captain as a senior and helped the Aztecs to their first top-25 national ranking.
Husack and his wife Kristina have three children: Nina (3) and twins Grant and Greta (2).
Although entering her 17th season as head coach for The University of Alabama's women's tennis team, Jenny Mainz's philosophy on coaching remains the same. This past season was one of many great accomplishments, and Mainz is confident that the upcoming 2013-14 season will be no differentRead Full Bio
I'm not surprised at all by the success we've been able to achieve these past few seasons," says Mainz. "Our team has been diligent and worked tirelessly to be able to have the foresight to recognize a problem and the fortitude to execute the solution. Our success has definitely been exciting though. We are certainly capable of winning an SEC championship and even a national championship in the coming years, and I think we're really moving in the right direction to be able to do that."
It was evident Mainz was putting something special together early on in 2011 when the Tide went to the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships and swept both the singles and doubles titles, which granted Alabama a spot in the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y. That success continued on into dual match play, where the Tide went 15-5 in the regular season en route to capturing the 2011 SEC Western Division title.
Alabama bettered its win total in 2012, capturing 18 overall victories and earning the right to host the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the first time. The Tide also had some very noteworthy wins at No. 5 Georgia, marking Alabama's second win over the Bulldogs and first since 1977, as well as its first 7-0 sweep of South Carolina in program history. Alabama recorded its best finish in the SEC, coming in at No. 2 with a 10-1 record en route to its fourth SEC Western Division title, and second in two years.
The 2013 season was certainly one for the record books, beginning on opening weekend where the Tide beat Memphis and Clemson to advance to its first USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Alabama again, hosted the NCAA First and Second Rounds in Tuscaloosa, this time winning out in the region and thus awarding Alabama its first ticket to the NCAA Championship Round of 16. The Tide finished the season with 21 wins, marking the first 20-win season under Mainz, and had several individual award winners in the league including Antonia Foehse, Alexa Guarachi, Mary Anne Macfarlane and Natalia Maynetto.
Mainz attributes her team's recent success to each player's relentless attitude and unwillingness to surrender, and though it would be easy for Mainz to take all of the credit herself, she is quick to point out how this is the program's success and not hers alone.
"The success our program has experienced has definitely been a collective effort," says Mainz. "Everyone - from the players, to the assistant coaches, to the trainers, to the student advisors, to the administrators - has played a role in helping us achieve this level of success. The head coach may lead the program, but it has to be done with the right people backing you up."
And lead the program she has. Mainz was named the 2013 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year after earning SEC Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the team's 2012 success, Mainz had several individuals shine, led by Guarachi and Macfarlane. Guarachi, the winningest player ever to wear the crimson and white, became the first in Tide history to earn ITA All-America honors in singles and doubles in the same season. In addition, she was the first to advance to the NCAA Singles Championship semifinals as well as the NCAA Doubles Championship semifinals with Macfarlane. The duo also went on to earn a spot on the prestigious ITA All-Star Team.
As proud as Mainz is of her team's on-court success, she is equally as proud of their academic success. Alabama boasts the past two NCAA Elite 89 Award recipients in Macfarlane (2012) and Emily Zabor (2013), along with three consecutive SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Courtney McLane (2011, 12) and Foehse (2013).
"Academic success is imperative. I have always stressed the importance of academics and I always tell my players that no one can ever take your education away from you. I hope to help produce student-athletes who are well equipped to make an impact beyond tennis," says Mainz.
In order to help produce such well-rounded young women, Mainz preaches three core values to her players: having a blue-collar work ethic, striving for constant improvement and working together as a team.
"I always stress that you have to do the work day in and day out," says Mainz. "We also work every day to make improvements. Every single one of our players has gotten better during their time playing tennis for UA. And finally, we try to make sure that our environment is one where there are no superstars; everyone is on an equal plane."
Mainz says that her players play for each other as much as they play with each other.
"We all are cooperative and supportive of each other, and above all, we have fun together," says Mainz. "Everyone on the team has a role to play, whether they're in the number one position or the number eight position. I always tell the girls that we are an 8-cylinder machine, and we have to fire every time we go out."
Looking to the future, Mainz is focused on continuing to recruit not simply the best players but also the right players.
"Recruiting is one of the keys to any successful program. We continue to recruit players who have their best years of tennis in front of them--players who will work hard and display a championship mentality," says Mainz.
Mainz adds that working to build a strong program is a process, and one that the team continues to build upon each season.
"What I really want to emphasize with our program is that everything we do is to help build and increase our level of success," says Mainz. "It's all about playing together and getting better every day. Those strides may be on the court, in the classroom, socially or within the community, but we are always striving to make improvements."
Mainz, the only coach in Alabama history to take the Tide to six consecutive NCAA Championships and 10 overall, has coached 10 teams that have finished in the top 40 in addition to 18 singles players and 13 doubles teams ranked in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association polls. Her 2012 squad made history, wrapping up the season in the No. 11 spot, which is the highest final ranking for the program. The Tide was ranked in the top-10 throughout this past season and also finished at No. 11 in the final poll of 2013.
Mainz is actively involved in collegiate tennis on the national front, serving on the ITA's Operating Committee. She also served as the chairperson for the ITA's South Region for five years and assumed the same role for the newly-formed Southern Region in 2010.
Mainz, once ranked in the top ten nationally in doubles, was a three-year team captain for the University of Houston Cougars and a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection, garnering numerous accolades for her dedication to the game of tennis on the court. Off the court, however, is where she truly shined, earning CoSIDA GTE Academic All-America status and dean's list honors while also being a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. Mainz graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Houston in 1991.
Ryler DeHeart, a two-time All-American at Illinois and five-year ATP Tour professional, enters his first season as assistant coach of the Crimson Tide men's tennis team.Read Full Bio
DeHeart, who has competed in all four Grand Slams, turned professional in 2006 and reached a career high ranking of 174 in singles and 120 in doubles. He competed against then-No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the second round of the 2008 US Open and has beaten numerous top 100 players such as John Isner and Alex Bogomolov.
The Kauai, Hawai'i native graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a degree in psychology. DeHeart won the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Singles Championship and ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles in 2005 and 2006. He remains the winningest singles player in Illinois history with 138 victories while also breaking the record for most singles win in a season as he collected 42 as a junior during the 2004-05 campaign.
In addition to being named an All-American in 2005 and 2006, DeHeart was also the 2006 Farnsworth/ITA Midwest Region Senior Player of the Year, the 2005 and 2006 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, the 2006 ITA John Van Nostrand Memorial Award winner and recipient of the 2002 Bill Talbert National Junior Sportsmanship Award. He was also a three-time All-Big Ten selection.
For the past year and a half, since retiring from the professional tour, DeHeart, along with his wife Megan Fudge, founded and coached at RD Tennis, a junior high performance program in Tampa, Florida.
Ricky Doverspike, a former No. 1 player for the Crimson Tide men's tennis team who lettered from 2008-12, enters his first season as part of the women's tennis coaching staff. Doverspike joins the women's team after serving as a volunteer assistant for the Tide men's team for the past year.Read Full Bio
Doverspike's transition from player to coach was a seamless one with the team respecting and looking to their former teammate for guidance from the start. In his first season on staff, Alabama returned to the NCAA Championship tournament and roped in four more wins than it had the season prior. In addition, the Tide had several individuals recognized nationally, regionally and on the conference level as Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra earned All-America status in doubles, Botha and Becker O'Shaughnessey All-SEC honors and Daniil Proskura the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as well as the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award for the ITA's southern region.
Doverspike enjoyed a solid playing career, amassing 66 wins in singles and another 82 victories in doubles over the four-year span. During his freshman campaign, Doverspike went undefeated in singles play throughout the dual match season, with five of those wins coming against ranked teams. In 2010, he was the only player on the squad to amass 20-plus wins in both singles and doubles, leading the team in singles victories with 23. As a senior, Doverspike was named to the All-SEC Second Team and advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships with Botha.
Doverspike earned his undergraduate degree in management from The Capstone in 2012 and went on to complete his master's degree in sport management in 2013. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years in addition to being a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRUA)
This year, Alabama is offering two weeks of general overnight and day camp (8:30am-4:30pm) for ages 9-18 and all ability levels. Lunch is provided for all day campers.
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
• All Campers: 3:00-4:00 Sunday at the UA Varsity Stadium.
• Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
• Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 7:00pm after check-in, a tennis evaluation (from 4-6pm) and a pizza party.
• Graduation: 3:00pm on Thursday at the UA Varsity Stadium. Parents are invited to attend!
• Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Day Camper Schedule & Information
• Day campers should be dropped off every day (except Sunday) by 8:15am at the UA Varsity Stadium.
• Pick-up time will be 4:00pm daily Monday through Wednesday at the UA Varsity Stadium.
• Thursday’s graduation/check-out begins at 3:00 pm at the UA Varsity Stadium.
• A more complete schedule will be given to you upon check-in.
• Meals: Lunch is included for all Day campers.
Off-court and evening activities may include a pizza party, games on the "Quad", movie night, camp games night, swimming, and other social events. Campers also have access to varsity track, swimming pools, and numerous recreational facilities.
Campers will have access to 30 courts - 12 varsity lighted courts, 12 courts at the Recreation Center across the street, and 6 regulation NCAA hard courts at The Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. In the event of rain, campers will play in the indoor facility.
Overnight campers will stay in air-conditioned Parham Hall dorms with staff supervision. Campers stay 2 per room (some triples and quads available) and are assigned rooms based on requests and then by age and gender. There is air conditioning in the dorms (2014)!
Weekend Stayovers: There are no weekend stayovers offered at this location.
Designated Airport: Birmingham Airport
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the Birmingham Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp through Birmingham Door to Door Shuttle. Their phone # is 205-591-5550 and their website is www.birminghamdoortodoor.com.
If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there may be a fee that needs to be paid in advance of camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.
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
- 7:00am Wake-up and breakfast
- 8:30am Stretching / Warm-ups
- 8:45am Coaches presentation
- 9:00am Drill groups with focus on stroke mechanics and match tactics
- 11:45am Lunch
- 1:15pm Warm-up / Coaches' Presentation
- 1:30pm Point play, matches and games
- 2:30pm Off-court speakers (nutrition, mental toughness, fitness)
- 4:30pm Afternoon session ends, campers go to dorm
- 5:15pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Evening Activity
- 10:00pm Campers to rooms
- 10:30pm Lights Out