University of Alabama Nike Tennis Camp

University of Alabama Nike Tennis Camp
University of Alabama Nike Tennis Camp

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, receive intense tennis training, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group.

Nike Tennis Camp in Tuscaloosa, AL

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.

Highlights Include

  • On-court tennis instruction from UA head coaches, George Husack and Jenny Mainz, and their 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 tennis training including drilling and match play with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Every camper will receive a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

George Husack
Camp Director

George Husack

George Husack will be entering his second 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.

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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).

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Jenny Mainz
Camp Director

Jenny Mainz

Although entering her 19th 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 2015-16 season will be no different.

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In 19 seasons leading the Crimson Tide women's tennis team, Mainz has taken the program to heights never before seen in the program's long and rich history. Mainz, the only coach in Alabama history to take the Tide to six consecutive NCAA Championships and 11 overall, has coached 11 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 teams have consistently qualified for the NCAAs, earning the right to take part in postseason play a total of 11 times during her tenure at the Capstone.

Over her last four seasons, Mainz has coached the Crimson Tide to some truly great heights. In 2012, her doubles pairing of Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Daines reached the final four in doubles. Guarachi also reached the final four in singles in that same season. The success of her individual athletes continued this past season, with Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe earning the Crimson Tide's first-ever national championship in doubles action. The pairing of Jansen and Routliffe claimed their national title and finished ranked as the top-seeded doubles team in the nation according to the ITA's final rankings for the 2014 spring season.

The Crimson Tide have been consistently ranked in the ITA's top-10 rankings each of the past three seasons and continue to play elite-level tennis in the Southeastern Conference. In 2011, UA finished fourth in the conference and claimed the SEC Western Division title for the regular season. The Tide once again claimed the Western Division title in 2012, this time finishing second overall. For the 2013 season, Alabama was ranked fourth in the conference, but the Crimson Tide continued to build upon its success as the team entered 2014.

Her 2014 squad made history, wrapping up the season as the sixth-ranked squad in the ITA rankings, which is the highest final ranking for the program. Alabama was ranked in the top-10 throughout the year, reaching a No. 2 ranking on May 1, the highest rank in the history of the program. The 2014 Crimson Tide women finished with just one loss in conference play and posted seven 4-0 sweeps throughout the season. But the most noteworthy accomplishment Mainz pulled off last season was capturing the program's first ever Southeastern Conference Championship. With a 4-3, come-from-behind victory at eighth-ranked Georgia, Alabama clinched at least a part of the 2014 SEC title; that wasn't enough for the Tide women. Alabama followed that up with a 4-0 sweep of Tennessee to claim the conference title outright on the final day of the season.

For a program that was 0-21 her first season to a conference champion, Mainz has surely transformed the women's tennis program into a perennial power and one of the University's most consistent teams.

As proud as she is of her team's on-court success, Mainz is equally as proud of their academic success. The Alabama women have impressed in the classroom each year under her tutelage. Most recently, the team earned the highest grade point average by an Alabama women's team following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. In the past four seasons, the Tide women have laid claim to 21 ITA Scholar Athlete Awards, with five apiece coming in the first three campaigns and a program-best six following last season. The Crimson Tide's efforts in the classroom are unmatched as the women continue to lay claim to the conference's and NCAA's most prestigious academic awards following each season.

In the last four years, at least one member of the UA women's tennis team has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America team while the Tide has also claimed four consecutive SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards for women's tennis. Also, during those three seasons, a member of the women's team has claimed the NCAA Elite 89 Award, an honor that is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.

"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.

Being named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team started following the 2010-11 season, when Courtney McLane claimed the honor for the Tide. McLane received the award a second consecutive year following the 2011-12 season, as well. Following McLane's graduation, Antonia Foehse picked up where McLane left off, winning the award following the 2012-13 season. This past season, Mary Anne Daines followed her ex-teammates in earning the honor once again for Alabama women's tennis.

McLane was also honored by the conference for her academic success, earning the Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 2011 and 2012. The same progression the Crimson Tide saw with the CoSIDA/Capital One All-American awards continued on in the conference as well, with Foehse claiming Scholar Athlete honors in 2013 and Daines earning the award in 2014.

Alabama's on-court success has helped them to achieve a prestigious honor in claiming three consecutive Elite 89 Awards. Daines claimed the Crimson Tide's first ever Elite 89 Award in 2012. The women didn't stop there though, with Zabor claiming it in each of the last two seasons and looking to keep the trend alive this season.

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.

"She believes in her players and takes the time to build a relationship with them," senior captain Emily Zabor said of Mainz. "She really cares about us as people and doesn't just look to us to do her dirty work and win championships. She wants us to succeed in the classroom, succeed on the court and enjoy ourselves while we're here. Her ability to create a relationship with us, and not just want us to be talented and win, gives us so much."

The Crimson Tide athletes under Mainz have seen a lot of success during their active time as an athlete with the team, but the women don't stop their studies once their playing days are over. Alabama women have earned three consecutive NCAA postgraduate scholarships to continue studies as the former athletes transition from student-athlete to just student. In 2012 Taylor Lindsey earned the honor for the Crimson Tide. She was followed up by Foehse in 2013 and Daines in 2014.

Although much of the successes of any athletic team are seen on the court, Mainz has produced well-rounded athletes that work just as hard away from the sport. Her women continue to exemplify exactly what it means to be a student-athlete at The University of Alabama.

In order to build the best possible person, not just athletes, Mainz has placed a focus on community service and giving back to the Tuscaloosa area. Her athletes are not just stars on the court and in the classroom, but they are also champions of the University and make an impact on their community.

Every year, the women's tennis team makes it a point to take advantage of every opportunity they have to help out those in need in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas. In the past two years, the team has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house for a person in need. The team also takes part annually in the athletic department's Halloween Extravaganza for local youth, as well as the Project AngelTree event, in which student-athletes help in making sure that children of incarcerated parents are provided presents each December holiday season.

For all their hard work on the court and in the community, Mainz and her team received a proclamation from Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox, making September 16, 2014 "University of Alabama Women's Tennis Day". The proclamation was given to the team in recognition of all that they have done in the past year, and to make sure that the community takes note of the accomplishments of the Alabama tennis program.

Mainz is actively involved in collegiate tennis on the national front, serving on the ITA's Operating Committee from 2010-14. She also served as the chairperson for the ITA's South Region for three years and assumed the same role for the newly formed Southern Region in 2010, a position which she still maintains going into this season. Possibly her most prestigious work on the national front came in 2014, when the Alabama coach was a member of the ITA Board of Directors and served as the co-chair of the Division I Women's Committee for the ITA.

Mainz, once ranked in the top 10 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

Ryler DeHeart

Ryler DeHeart, a two-time All-American at Illinois and five-year ATP Tour professional, enters his fourth season as assistant coach of the Crimson Tide men's tennis team.

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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 U.S. 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 wins 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 honored as 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 also was a three-time All-Big Ten selection.

After 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

Ricky Doverspike

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.

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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.

Camp Details

2016 University of Alabama Nike Tennis Camp Information

This year, Alabama is offering two weeks, May 29-June 2 and June 5-9 of general week long tennis camp and day camp (8:30am-4:30pm) for ages 9-18 and all ability levels. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. The Nike Tennis Camp at University of Alabama is open to any and all entrants, limited only by age, grade level, number of campers, and/or gender.

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Directors By Week

The first session of camp will be directed by University of Alabama Head Men's Coach, George Husack, and Co-Directed by his Assistant Coach, Ryler DeHeart. The second session of camp will be directed by University of Alabama Head Women's Coach, Jenny Mainz, and Co-Directed by her Assistant Coach, Ricky Doverspike.


  • All Campers:  3:00-4:00pm 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

  • Sunday: Day campers will arrive between 3:00-4:00pm, and depart at 7:00pm. 
  • Monday-Wednesday: Day Campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 4:30pm. 
  • Thursday: Check-out begins at 3:00 pm after graduation.
  • A more complete schedule will be given to you upon check-in.


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

Evening Activities

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. Campers will also be able to use the varsity track, swimming pools and numerous recreational facilities.


2016: Dorms TBD |  2015: 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!

Weekend Stayovers

There are no weekend stayovers offered at this location.

Designated Airport

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International 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

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.

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: TNXRUA

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

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

This was the first year that my daughter has attended a Nike camp and she thoroughly enjoyed the tennis and activity provided by the wonderful staff. They were very professional!

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  • 4/5.

I feel like the camp was well planned and structured yet fun for them. We have recommended this camp to a lot of tennis friends!

  • 5/5.

Everything about the camp was perfect. I had so much fun and I think it really helped improve my game. Even though I am a senior this year, I would love to come back next year with the younger girls on our team so they can have the opportunity to enjoy this experience.

  • 5/5.
Organized and Motivated Campers

We love this camp! My twin daughters have been for the past 3 years, and the staff does an exceptional job of keeping the kids organized and motivated, and they enjoy every minute of it. We'll be back next year!

  • 4/5.
Great Motivation

This camp was very well run and the coaches were great at motivating the kids and making learning fun!

  • 3/5.
Content Camper

Camp was well run. I made some good friends while there.

  • 4/5.
Just Needed Some Warming Up

Coach Pate and his staff really do an excellent job. I was a little scared when I first got there, but within a day they had me feeling at home. I really enjoyed it and will be coming back next year.

  • 4/5.
Caring Coaches!

The instructors were caring and very helpful. Thank you for the time given to each child in helping them increase their love for the sport.

  • 4/5.
4 year veteran!

I have gone to this camp for 4 years. I love it! It is great to have the opportunity to hit with college coaches and players.

  • 5/5.
Can't wait for next year!

Our daughter had a fantastic experience and is looking forward to next summer!!

  • 4/5.

Great Staff, Wonderful Experience

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 8:30AM - 4:30PM $465.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $735.00
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 8:30AM - 4:30PM $465.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $735.00
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.