University of West Florida Nike Tennis Camp Pensacola, Florida
Take your tennis game to the next level at a summer camp while having fun and making new friends! At The University of West Florida Nike Tennis Camp, 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.
The University of West Florida 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 camps combine technical instruction and drilling from a superb coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities.
- Daily instruction from head men's and women's coach, Derrick Racine, and his experienced staff
- We offer a "10 and Under Tennis" program, featuring smaller courts and lighter, lower-bouncing balls.
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
Set on over 1600 acres of rolling hills and natural woodland along the Escambia River, the University of West Florida is located 10 miles north of downtown Pensacola and represents an ideal site for a Nike Camp.
The Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Complex is the home of the University of West Florida Men's & Women's Tennis teams. It was named after the legenday tennis coach who retired in 1998. The facility is located in the center of the University of West Florida main campus in Pensacola, Florida, besides the UWF Fieldhouse. The complex holds 12 hard courts, in three banks of four courts, including two "cages". Seats are avaiable for Argonauts fans.Meet your coaching staff
Derrick Racine is in his 14th season as head coach of the West Florida men's and women's tennis teams. Since taking over the tennis programs from legendary head coach Ralph "Skeeter" Carson, Racine has continued the tradition and excellence of men's and women's tennis in Pensacola. The UWF Men's Team were crowned the 2014 NCAA DII National Champions under Racine's coaching.Read Full Bio
Racine, the 2003 and 2005 Division II Wilson/ITA Men's Tennis National Coach of the Year and the 2002 Division II Wilson/ITA Women's Tennis National Coach of the Year, immediately immersed himself and his team into the UWF and Pensacola tennis communities. Today, both the men's and women's teams enjoy widespread support.
Along with two national championships, Racine's men's teams have posted a 277-70 (.798) overall record, including a 103-37 (.736) mark over the last five seasons. Under Racine’s command, the men's team has won five Gulf South Conference titles. The women's overall record under Racine is 261-90 (.744) in 12 seasons and have captured seven GSC titles. The UWF women recorded a 98-40 (.744) mark over the past five seasons. They have finished in the top 10 in each season under Racine.
In 2008 Racine led the men's team to the national semifinals for the sixth consecutive season. West Florida men’s squad was ranked third for most of the season. The women's team overcame a 1-6 start to post a 17-11 overall record and reach not only the GSC Championships final, but also the quarterfinals of nationals.
Racine led the men's team to their first national championship in 2004. The Argonauts won a school record 33 matches en route to earning West Florida's third national championship with a 5-2 win over conference-rival Valdosta State. The Argonauts followed with a 30-2 record in 2005 and their second straight national championship after a 5-0 win over North Florida. West Florida became the seventh men's tennis team in Division II history to win consecutive national titles.
Since arriving in Pensacola in 1999, Racine has been named the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year 11 times (five awards for the men's squad and six for the women's squad). He is a nine-time Wilson/ITA South Region Coach of the Year (five men's awards and four women's awards).
Racine has produced 15 women and 17 men's NCAA Division II All-America players. Under Racine’s tutelage, Radovan Chrz was the 2000 and 2001 ITA/NCAA Division II National Singles Champion. In 2006 Tammy Kevey and Mandy Septoe won the NCAA Division II doubles title at the ITA/National Small College Championships.
Thirteen student-athletes (six men, seven women) have been named the GSC East Division Player of the Year, while 10 tennis players (three women, seven men) have earned GSC East Division Freshman of the Year honors. UWF women's tennis players have been honored with 47 All-GSC honors since Racine's first season in 1999. During Racine's tenure, UWF men's tennis players have received 41 All-GSC honors.
Racine began his head coaching career at Mobile in 1995. At Mobile, Racine posted an impressive 76-9 record with his men's squad and an equally impressive 77-6 record with the women. In 1996, his men's and women's teams were NAIA National Runners-up. In 1997, his men won the NAIA National Title and his women finished as National Runner-up. In 1998, his men's team once again challenged for the title and finished National runner-up. His women's squad finished the season ranked third. In 1997, Racine was named NAIA Coach of the Year. He coached 24 NAIA All-Americans, four NAIA National Award winners, and nine NAIA Academic All-Americans.
From 1993 to 1995, Racine served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Valdosta State. Racine's collegiate tennis background stems back to the 1980s when he played at perennial junior college powerhouse Abraham Baldwin College in Georgia and GSC rival Valdosta State. He was nationally ranked and achieved All-American status in both singles and doubles.
Outside the calendar year, Racine has been running two summer camps at the University of West Florida main campus. For the past three years, Racine has coordinated Nike Summer Tennis Camps hosted by UWF.
Outside the court, Racine earned a bachelor's degree from Valdosta State in finance in 1988 and later returned to earn his master's degree in physical education in 1995. Racine is married to the former Terrie Denham from Ashburn, Ga. The couple has three sons: Olin, who is a freshman at UWF, Austin, who is a freshman at Washington High School and Luke, who is a fifth grader at McArthur Elementary in Pensacola.
2014 Camp Information
(Camp Code: TNXRFL)
This year we are offering one week on Junior overnight and day (8:30am-4:00pm) camp for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Lunch is included for Day Campers.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
10 and Under Tennis:
In addition, we offer a “10 and Under Tennis” program, featuring the USTA’s successful new teaching format. This is an exciting new way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start, while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts. For more information on “10 and Under Tennis” programs nationwide, Click Here to check out the USTA website.
• Overnight Campers: Sunday from 2:00-4:00pm at tennis courts.
• Day Campers: Sunday from 3:00-4:00pm at tennis courts. Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 6:00pm.
• Follow the signs on campus for the Nike Tennis Camp check-in.
• Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
• Graduation: Thursday at 1:30pm at the courts.
• Check-out: Thursday at 2:00pm after graduation.
Daily Program Schedule & Information
• A complete schedule will be handed out at check-in.
• Sunday: Check-in from 3:00-4:00pm. Depart at 6:00pm.
• Mon-Wed: Arrive at 8:30am. Depart at 4:00pm.
• Thursday: Arrive at 8:30am. Check-out at 2:00pm.
• Graduation on Thursday at 1:30pm. Parents invited.
• Meals: Lunch is included for all Day campers.
Campers play on 12 hard courts at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Complex. In the event of rain, campers will use the indoor hitting walls and fitness facilities.
Overnight campers reside in the dorms on campus. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. No triples available. There is A/C in the dorms.
Evening activities may include a movie night, games night and a bowling night
Designated Airport: Pensacola Airport
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the Pensacola Airport and take a shuttle from the airport to camp. Pensacola Airport Shuttle: 850-485-3004 or www.pensacolaairportshuttle.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 member, there is a $50 fee each way that must be paid in advance of camp. Please contact the director if you need this service. 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
- 7:30am Breakfast
- 8:30am Tennis instruction, drills presentation, conditioning and match play
- 11:30am-1:30pm Lunch, rest
- 1:00pm-2:00pm Off court conditioning/games
- 2:00pm-4:30pm Afternoon tennis (On court instruction, presentations, and Match play)
- 4:00pm-5:30pm Optional tennis or rest
- 5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
- 7:00pm Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights out