Nike Tennis Camp at Lawrenceville School
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In its 42nd year, the Lawrenceville School Nike Tennis Camp in New Jersey has become one of the best junior tennis camps in the country. Directing camp this summer are Princeton tennis coaches Billy Pate and Damian Hume, and Amherst coach Todd Doebler.
This renowned East Coast tennis camp in NJ delivers technical instruction and drilling, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities.
- 3 weeks directed by Princeton Tennis Coach, Billy Pate, and his assistant Damian Hume
- 2 weeks directed by Amherst College Tennis Coach Todd Doebler
- 5-6 hours daily instruction; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Co-Director Billy Pate
Now 22 seasons into his college coaching career, Billy Pate enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Princeton men's tennis team in 2017-18.View Billy Pate's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
He is regarded as one of the most respected and influential leaders in college tennis, underscored by his long history of instilling character-based values to his players.
Through his first four seasons, Pate guided the Tigers to 62 dual-match victories and matched Princeton against 56 ITA-ranked opponents. Princeton itself has been included on nearly every weekly ITA ranking among the national top 75, with a high of 23 in February and March 2015 that was the program's highest ranking on record since 1980.
The 2015 season saw Princeton return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, gaining an at-large berth, and the team's 19 victories were the third-most in a season in program history.
Princeton players have earned 11 All-Ivy League selections in Pate's four seasons. In Pate's first year, Matija Pecotic '13 reached a ranking of No. 2 on the ITA national singles list while becoming the first three-time Ivy League Player of the Year in league history, as well as Princeton's first All-America honoree since 1984. That year, Pecotic advanced to the second round of the NCAA singles tournament, becoming the first Tiger to win an NCAA singles tournament match since 1996.
Prior to Princeton, Pate spent 10 seasons as the head coach at the University of Alabama, where he guided the Crimson Tide to seven NCAA tournament appearances.
Pate arrived at Alabama for the 2002-03 season and led the team to the NCAA round of 16 that spring. The Crimson Tide reached the NCAA tournament six more times and the round of 16 two more times under Pate's tenure.
Pate's Alabama teams were routinely part of the ITA national rankings, achieving a regular-season ranking of No. 9 in 2007. That season, Pate was named the ITA's South Region Coach of the Year and the SEC Co-Coach of the Year.
In addition to recruiting domestically, Pate put together a long list of international recruits from 15 countries across four continents during his time at Alabama.
Prior to Alabama, Pate was an assistant coach at Notre Dame for two seasons, helping the Irish to NCAA tournament appearances in both seasons, yielding three NCAA tournament wins while earning the ITA's National Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2002. The Irish achieved a national ranking of No. 4 during the regular season.
Pate spent five seasons, from 1996-2000, as the head coach at Georgia Perimeter College, winning NJCAA national championships in his final three seasons while being named the National Junior College Coach of the Year all three times as well as the USPTA National College Coach of the Year.
In addition to earning numerous coaching and playing awards, Pate has been intricately involved with the administrative side of tennis while serving on a variety of committees and boards. Currently, Pate serves as Co-Chair of the ITA Operating Committee, the ITA Executive/Budget Committee and the ITA Board of Directors.
Two of Pate’s former players, Pecotic (Princeton ’13) and Saketh Myneni (Alabama ’10) have gone on to great success on the ATP tour. Pecotic reached his career high singles ranking in 2015 at 206 and Myneni achieved a ranking of 113 in 2016.
A native of Hot Springs, Ark., Pate played collegiately at Mississippi State University where the Bulldogs advanced to the SEC final in 1991 and a round of 16 appearance in the NCAA Championships.
After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in communications, Pate worked with the Atlanta Thunder of World Team Tennis, earning his master's degree in sports administration in 1995 from Georgia State University. At Georgia State, Pate served as president of the Sports Administration Club and as Graduate Assistant to the Director of Athletics.
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Co-Director Damian Hume
Damian Hume joined the Princeton men's tennis staff as the team's Cornelia Drake and John Van Ryn Jr. '28 assistant coach in October 2015.View Damian Hume's Bio ⟩
Hume came to Princeton from Michigan State, where he served as the men's program's assistant coach for the better part of two years.
A South African native, Hume studied at Boise State, where he played at the team's top position in singles and doubles and was ranked as high as 25th in singles by the ITA during his senior season. Hume also spent time as part of a ranked doubles pair, reaching 43rd on the list at the end of his junior season.
Hume came to the U.S. in 2009 to begin his college career at Collin County Community College in Texas, where he won a Junior College national singles title. In South Africa, Hume earned a ranking as high as 37th in the world during his junior career and No. 1 in the country.
After graduating with a degree in psychology in 2012, Hume spent two summers as an assistant pro at the Country Club of New Canaan in Connecticut before returning to Boise State as an assistant coach in the fall of 2013.
Hume joined the Michigan State staff in January 2014 and helped the doubles pair of Harry Jadun and John Patrick Mullane win three matches at the 2015 NCAA doubles tournament and earn All-America honors with their semifinal run.
Co-Director Todd Doebler
Todd Doebler enters his fourth season as head coach of the Amherst College men’s tennis program in 2017-18View Todd Doebler's Bio ⟩
Following a campaign in which he guided the Purple & White to a 21-6 overall record, an NCAA Division III Championship quarterfinal berth, and a final national ranking of second, Doebler led Amherst to a 15-9 mark and NESCAC Championship semifinal berth in his second season at the helm of the men's program.
Prior to his arrival at Amherst, Doebler served as the associate head coach of the men’s tennis team at Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Doebler was responsible for assisting the head coach with all aspects of the tennis program. The Horned Frogs faced 13 top-35 Division I programs and finished 12-12 overall before falling to the eventual national runner-up Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference tournament.
Prior to his tenure at TCU, Doebler served two and a half years as the director of men’s and women’s tennis as well as the fitness center coordinator at Colorado College and spent the previous five seasons at the helm of the Penn State men’s tennis program.
Doebler notched four consecutive winning seasons while at Penn State, a top-tier NCAA Division 1 program, and led the Nittany Lions to 21 wins over ranked opponents from 2006 to 2011. In his five seasons in the Happy Valley, he amassed 71 career wins to rank fourth on Penn State’s all-time list.
He enjoyed immediate success with the Lions as they reached the NCAA Championship in his first two seasons with the program. In 2007, Penn State finished with a program-best record of 6-4 in the Big 10 Conference and tied that record a year later. That same season, just his second with the Lions, Doebler guided the team to its first-ever NCAA tournament win in the modern era as they finished the season ranked 38th in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, a program-best. The team also strived in the classroom under Doebler and twice finished with the highest cumulative team GPA for men’s sports at the university.
Doebler joined Penn State after four years as an assistant coach at Notre Dame. He was named associate head coach prior to the 2005-06 season and garnered 2004 and 2006 ITA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year laurels.
While at Notre Dame, Doebler helped the Irish move into the elite ranks of Division I men's intercollegiate tennis. Upon his arrival, Notre Dame had ranked No. 54 in the ITA poll but jumped up to No. 17 by his final season in South Bend. The Irish advanced to the Big East Conference Championship match all four years during his tenure and won the title twice in 2004 and 2005.
During the 2006 season, his final year at Notre Dame, the Irish defeated 14 ranked teams to finish 17th in the poll. Doebler also helped develop the talent of Sheeva Parbhu, who was an ITA All-American and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Singles Championship. Doebler served as recruiting coordinator, as well as a liaison to the strength and conditioning coaches while at Notre Dame.
Prior to his stint with the Irish, he served as an assistant men’s tennis coach at Pepperdine University during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, where he helped the Waves achieve national prominence both years. During his time at Pepperdine, the Waves compiled a 43-14 (.754) mark. In 2001, the Waves won the West Coast Conference title, advanced to the NCAA round of 16 and finished 18th in the nation. The following year, Pepperdine went 25-6, reached the NCAA quarterfinals and finished No. 5 in the polls. Doebler coached three All-Americans while at Pepperdine including Al Garland, who was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the 2002 season.
Doebler is no stranger to the NESCAC either and served as head coach at Connecticut College for men's and women's tennis for two seasons prior to his stint at Pepperdine. He was also the men’s and women’s squash coach during those two years. In the summer of 1997, a year before heading to Connecticut College, Doebler began his coaching career at Trinity College as an assistant for the men’s and women’s tennis programs. Both squads ranked within the top-25 in Division III that year.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Doebler served as an assistant coach to the World Team Tennis' Hartford Foxforce in the summer of 2000, which featured players such as Monica Seles, James Blake and Murphy Jensen. His responsibilities included on-court coaching, conducting promotional clinics and pro-ams, and overseeing community involvement.
He served as the head tennis professional at Lehigh Country Club in Lehigh, Pa., during the summers of 1993 and 1994 and as the assistant tennis pro at the Farmington Field Club in Connecticut in the summers of 1997 and 1998. He is a graduate of the USA High Performance Coaching Program and holds certifications from the Professional Level One United States Professional Tennis Association and the USTA Sports Science Level One.
A native of Hatfield, Pa., Doebler graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in psychology in 1996 and also excelled on the court during his playing career. He won the conference doubles and team championships in 1994, as well as the conference singles, doubles and team championship titles in 1995. Following his undergraduate studies, Doebler went on to complete his master's degree in psychology in 1998 from the University of Hartford.
We offer overnight, extended day (8:30am-9:00pm) and day camp (8:30am-4:00pm) for kids, ages 9-18, with All Skills, Tournament Training, and High School program during certain weeks.
2019 Camp Dates and Offerings
- June 16-20 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- June 23-27 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- June 30-July 4 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- July 7-11 (All Skills & High School)
- July 14-18 (All Skills & Tournament Training)
- July 21-25 (All Skills & High School)
- July 28-August 1 (All Skills & High School)
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Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
All Skills Program
The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.
Tournament Training Program
Geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness during certain weeks of camp.
High School Program
The high school sessions are 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.
- All Campers: Sunday between 1:30pm-3:00pm. Signs will be posted directing you where to go.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in
- Day and Extended Day campers depart at 7:30pm after dinner and evening activities.
- Graduation: 3:30pm at the tennis courts for all campers on the final day of camp. Parents are invited to attend!
- Check-Out: 4:00pm immediately follows Graduation.
Extended Day and Day Camper Schedule
- Camp will start at 8:30am each morning at the tennis courts for all Extended Day & Day campers (except check-in day).
- Day campers will depart each day after all tennis activities at 4:00pm.
- Extended Day campers will stay through the evening activities and depart at 9:00pm.
Day campers must eat breakfast at home. Lunch is included for all Day campers. Lunch and dinner are included for all Extended Day campers.
The Lawrenceville School is a prestigious college preparatory school with outstanding facilities. Campers play on the school's 12 tennis courts and the Lavino Field House’s indoor tennis facilities (3 courts).
2019: TBA... 2018: Campers will stay in the Stephens residence hall where they will stay 2 per room. Roommates are assigned according to sex, age and roommate requests.
Evening and Off-Court Activities
Supervised off-court activities may include daily swimming, talent show, camp dance, and a movie/pizza night.
Weekend stayovers are not avaliable at this location.
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 visiting our International Camps page. International campers seeking a Sport Only program, a multi-week sports 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!
Philadelphia International Airport | Newark Liberty 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 Newark International Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp through the Princeton Airport Shuttle Service (800) 385-4000.
We also recommend A1 Limo service (https://a1limo.com/services/airport-transportation/).
Phone #: 1-800-367-0070 or 1-609-951-0070
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.
Camp Code: TNXRLV
Lawrenceville School is not in any way involved in the ownership or management of the Nike Tennis Camp.
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
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Loved the tennis
July 21, 2017: He loved the tennis matches and the Davis cup. He loved hanging with his friends in the dorms and going across the street to stores. He was also happy about the amount of freedom he had and loved all the coaches. There were some small organizational problems, but nothing major.
— Jennifer F. Parent0
Wish the camp was longer
July 27, 2017: My son had a really rough first day/night due to homesickness. My husband and I had to coax him out of his room to even get him to go down to the first orientation meeting. I think the counselors could have been more engaged in the separation process. That said he was fine the second day. And at the end he said he wished the camp was longer.
— Karen P. Parent0
Received great improvement tips
July 28, 2017: My son loves tennis and greatly enjoyed the very well run camp. He also received great improvement tips, had fun and looks forward to returning for another session!
— Nicole P. Parent0
August 1, 2017: My daughter had a great time in the camp. She was one of the youngest kind and her counselors Chat , Jennifer, Anna, Valery and others went above and beyond to help her to adjust. She became more confident with her valley.
— Tamara M. Parent
Well run and organized
August 8, 2017: The camp was well run and organized. The coaches were enthusiastic, motivating and helpful. Off court activities were fun. Can't wait for next year!
— Megan C. Camper
August 9, 2017: This was my son's first experience with sleep away camp. He truly had a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, the friend he came to camp with, left, but it didn't hinder his time in the least. He made a lot of new friends and enjoyed all his time there.
— Rebecca N. Parent
had an amazing time at camp!
August 12, 2016: I had an amazing time at the Nike Tennis Camp. I learned a lot about off-court factors, such as nutrition, that are also essential to being a great tennis player. I had a great experience on the court, in the dorms, and during off-court activities.
— Tanin R. Camper
August 11, 2016: Thank you for providing a fun experience for a great sport.
— Fritz J. Parent
It was definitely a success!
July 27, 2016: Our son greatly enjoyed the camp experience overall. He made some new good friends. It was definitely a success. The Director was good and we really appreciated the detailed feedback provided to us on Lucas' tennis game.
— Christopher F. Parent
Loved the camp!
July 21, 2016: Loved the camp!
— Grace S. Camper
had a really good time at the camp
7/10/2016 - My son had a really good time at the camp. He did mention that the camp could use some 'ice breaker' games/activities during the first 1-2 nights so that all the campers could start to know each other better in the beginning; particularly him being on the 'shy' side. Also, for parents, drop off was a bit unclear...there could've been better signage of the location of check-in and the dorm rooms. There were signs, but very small and we weren't sure what entrance to go in - so signage/directions on the campus needs to be more clear. Overall a good experience!!
— Lynne A. Parent
coaches are great
7/8/2016 - I really enjoyed the camp. Your coaches are great. They helped me a lot.
— Frank L. Camper
director and counselors were highly motivated
7/1/2016 - My son had a positive experience. The camp director and counselors were highly motivated and kept the drills interesting and fun. It's the best camp!
— Catherine F. Parent
Coaches were all super enthusiastic
8/10/2015 - Loved it!! Coaches all super enthusiastic and had great, concrete advice to give on improving. Plus they made it lots of fun. Thank you!
— Peter L. Camper
so much fun and learned a lot
8/5/2015 - My 13 and 10 loved the experiences. The coaches made it so much fun and they learned a lot. The only complaint they have is the dorm and the bathroom.
— Lily W. Parent
very organized camp
7/9/2015 - This was a very organized camp. It was a fun camp.
— Elena S. Camper