Nike Tennis Camp at Furman University
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Our South Carolina tennis camp at Furman University is a great way to take your game to the next level! As one of the best junior tennis camps in the South, players of all ages and abilities come to Greenville to enjoy this terrific summer camp.
Our junior tennis camps help boys and girls improve their game in a short period of time, providing players with a chance to play tennis for up to 5 hours a day, make new friends, and enjoy nightly group activities and great accommodations.
- Instruction from Furman Men's Tennis Coach JJ Whitlinger, Furman Women's Tennis Coach Michelle Dasso and their experienced staff
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director J.J. Whitlinger
John (J.J.) Whitlinger was promoted to head coach of the Paladin Men's Tennis program in August of 2019.View J.J.'s Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
Whitlinger, who was elevated to associate head coach of the Furman program in the fall of 2018, had served as the program's assistant coach since the summer of 2015.
Under the assistance of Whitlinger, Furman concluded the 2019 season with a 17-5 overall record and 6-1 mark in league competition. The Paladins reached the championship match of the Southern Conference tournament for the fifth time in six years, and Ivan Mitric was named to the All-SoCon first team for singles. Mitric teamed with Jake Munns to earn a first team nod for doubles, and Drew Singerman was honored as a member of the All-SoCon second team for singles. Singerman went on to claim a spot on the Academic All-District at-large team at the conclusion of the season.
During the 2018 season, the Paladins posted a 19-8 overall mark and 5-2 SoCon record. Furman advanced to the championship match of the SoCon tournament, and Mitric was honored as the Southern Conference Men's Tennis Freshman of the Year, while Cameron Green and Munns earned all-conference first team citations.
Whitlinger helped Furman to a 17-8 overall record and a 6-1 SoCon mark in 2017. The Paladins, who reached the semifinals of the SoCon tournament, captured six All-SoCon scrolls and placed two players, Munns and Clarke Wilson, on the SoCon All-Freshman Team. Green and Adam Steryous were selected to the All-SoCon first team for singles for the second-straight year, and Adam Steryous and Munns represented the Paladins on the All-SoCon first team for doubles. Munns and Jake Bhangdiawere named to the All-Southern Conference second team for singles.
In 2016, Whitlinger was instrumental in helping Furman reach the championship match of the Southern Conference tournament for the third-consecutive season. The Paladins recorded a 13-11 overall record and 5-2 league mark. Adam Steryous and Green were named to the All-Southern Conference first team for singles, while Green and Alex Steryous garnered second-team accolades for doubles, and Josh Pistorius was chosen to the SoCon All-Freshman team.
Whitlinger began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with the men's tennis program at Stanford in 2005 and remained with the Cardinal through the end of the 2014 season. During his time with the Cardinal, the team made nine NCAA tournament appearances and won two Pac-10 league championships. Whitlinger also worked as the Director of Junior Tennis at the Fremont Hills Country Club from 2010-2015.
A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Whitlinger earned a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Mary's College of California in 2005. A four-year letter winner for the Gaels, he earned All-WCC doubles honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. Whitlinger, who was chosen team captain for two years, was nominated for the George R. McKeon Award, which recognizes St. Mary's most outstanding student-athlete, as a senior in 2005.
Whitlinger is married to the former Katrina Domela of Bandung, Indonesia, who played tennis at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Cal State Fullerton. The couple has two sons, Trey, 7, and Rhys, 5.
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Camp Director Michelle Dasso
Michelle Dasso was hired as the Furman women's tennis head coach in August of 2022.Prior to her time at Furman, Dasso served as the associate head women's coach at Duke from 2019-22, where she helped lead the Blue Devils to an ITA final national ranking of fourth in the spring of 2022. She also holds previous head coaching experience at both Campbell and Illinois. "Furman Athletics is honored to introduce Michelle Dasso as our new head coach for women's tennis," said Furman director of athletics Jason Donnelly at the time of Dasso's hiring. "Michelle brings extensive experience and success as both a coach and a standout player and is highly regarded within the tennis community. We are excited to welcome Michelle to our Furman family and look forward to building upon the tradition of excellence that has been established for Furman women's tennis."View Michelle's Bio ⟩
The Duke women's tennis team posted a 52-13 record over three seasons with Dasso as the associate head coach. The Blue Devils won the 2022 ACC tournament, reached the semifinals of last season's NCAA team tournament, and set a program record with six ITA All-Americans in 2021.
Prior to her time at Duke, Dasso served as the head coach at Campbell during the 2018-2019 season, where she led the Camels to the semifinals of the Big South tournament and coached two first team all-conference selections. The team was also successful in the classroom, leading all Campbell programs with a 3.68 GPA.
"I am thrilled to join the Furman family and owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Jason Donnelly for the trust and confidence he has shown in me," said Dasso. "I'm also so thankful to Drew Ingraham and the entire search committee for their valuable time. The two previous Furman head coaches, Adam Herendeen and Debbie Southern, were simply sensational and have set the bar extremely high. I have had the privilege to meet the team already and know we will be a group of determined competitors who compete with integrity. We are looking forward to hosting the always strong Debbie Southern Fall Classic in a few weeks."
The head coach at Illinois from 2006-15, Dasso took the unranked program to its first NCAA tournament appearance in four years in just her second year on staff. Prior to her arrival, the Fighting Illini finished next to last in the Big Ten, and within three seasons of Dasso's hiring, Illinois ranked among the top three teams in the league. Her teams consistently produced All-Big Ten selections and under Dasso's direction, Illinois players earned the program's first All-America accolades in 20 years. The only women's collegiate coach to represent the International Collegiate Competition in Poitier, France, in 2008 (4th place) and 2009 (1st place), she recruited the nation's fourth-best recruiting class in 2010.
Dasso has previous experience as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, where she was honored as the 2006 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, and at Northwestern.
A Notre Dame tennis standout from 1998-2001, Dasso was the first four-time ITA All-American in school history after being honored as an All-American for both singles and doubles in 1999 and 2001. The 2001 ITA National Senior Player of the Year, she concluded her senior season ranked fifth nationally in singles and ninth in doubles and was accorded the 2001 Gladys Heldman Award, which is given annually to the nation's top senior based on athletic, academic, sportsmanship, and community service accomplishments, and the 2001 Francis Patrick O'Connor Award, which honors the student-athlete who best displays the true spirit of Notre Dame through contribution and inspiration to their teams.
A native of Long Grove, Ill., Dasso earned a bachelor's of business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Notre Dame in 2001. She competed as a professional on the WTA Tour from 2001-2003, where she won tournaments in Harrisonburg, Va., and Raleigh, N.C., and was a finalist in El Paso, Texas, and Greenville, S.C.
2024 Camp Dates
- Directed by Michelle Dasso
- June 9-13
- June 16-20
- June 23-27
- July 7-11
- July 14-18
This camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).
The objectives of our camp are to reach each camper's specific needs for development. Campers will work on drills that develop consistency, placement, and accuracy, as well as conditioning exercises to build speed, quickness, and endurance. Each session will include team play. All sessions stress the importance of a positive attitude and good sportsmanship.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week-long tennis camp.
We offer Day (8:30am-4:30pm) and Overnight camp for kids ages 8-18. In addition to our All Skills program, we offer Tournament Training and High School Training during certain weeks.
- 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: 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 Session: The high school program is provided for players ages 13-18 currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.
- Check-in: Overnight will check in between 1:30pm-3:00pm on Sunday at the dorms. Day campers will check in between 2:00-3:00pm at Mickel Tennis Center.
- Tennis Center Address: Mickel Tennis Center, 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613
- Check-out: An award ceremony will take place 11:00-11:30am on the tennis courts. After the ceremony parents will accompany their campers back to the dorms to collect their belongings and check-out. All campers must be checked out by 2:00pm. Parents are welcome to attend the award ceremony!
- Day Camp Hours: Sunday 3:00pm-6:30pm, Monday-Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm, Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Overnight Campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided
- Day Campers Meals: Dinner is provided on Sunday in addition to lunch Monday-Wednesday
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and prizes
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
- Ratio: 6:1 camper-to-coach ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience
- Equipment Needed: All campers must bring a tennis racquet, tennis shoes, and a water bottle
- Facility: Campers will train at the Mickel Tennis Center and utilize the 13 outdoor courts and 4 indoor courts on campus.
- Inclement Weather Plan: Indoor courts are available for use as needed
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camp Information Packets and emailed to all campers closer to the camp's start date.
- Dorm Hall by Session:
- Session 2: Haynesworth (Lakeside Housing)
- Session 3-5: Chiles Hall (Lakeside Housing)
- Number of Campers per Room: 2, no triples available
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Campers must provide their linens (Twin XL)
- Air Conditioning: Dorms DO have A/C. Campers are still encouraged to bring a fan
- Evening Activities: May include movie night, pizza night, and team acitivies
- Weekend Stayovers: Not offered at this location
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airports, train stations, or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly directly to the Greenville-Spartenburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Athletic, on-court tennis clothing
Tennis shoes (no running shoes)
Sweatshirt/warm-up jacket and pants
Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
Athletic clothing mentioned above (1-2 pairs/day)
Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts 1 pairs/day)
Swimsuit and towel (subject to change)
Shower flip flops
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
Personal items & medications
Washcloth and bath towel
Bed sheets (if linens are not provided)
Comforter/blanket (if linens are not provided)
Pillow/pillow case (if linens are not provided)
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE TENNIS CAMP FAQ
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:15am Wake-up, breakfast at the Furman University dining court
- 9:00am-12:15pm Group sessions broken into three areas personal instruction, drills, and team play.
- 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch and rest
- 1:45pm-4:30pm Group sessions broken into three areas personal instruction, drills, and team play.
- 4:30pm Day Campers Depart
- 4:30pm-5:30pm Free play tennis
- 5:30pm Extended Day Campers Depart
- 5:30pm-7:30pm Dinner and getting ready for evening activities
- 7:45-9:30 Evening Activity (movie night, pizza night, fun park night, miniature golfing)
- 10:00pm Lights Out
July 18, 2022: My child being able to play tennis with others at and above her skill level.
June 16, 2023: All the time available to play tennis
July 21, 2023: The instructors were friendly and kind.
July 21, 2023: Making my kids grow and make new friends
July 21, 2023: Constructive criticism to help player get better
June 30, 2023: The quality of the coaches and they made it fun.
June 30, 2023: Meeting new friends and instant feedback from coaches
July 14, 2023: How approachable the coaches were during the whole week.
July 6, 2023: Friendly coaches and players. Individual player evaluation
July 14, 2023: The competitive aspect of afternoon matches was the best part.
July 1, 2023: Asher really enjoyed the instruction on serving and volleying.
July 15, 2022: The new skills and techniques that my son will take away from the camp
July 23, 2022: the friends I made as well as the amazing improvements in my game from the awesome coaches
June 17, 2023: My daughter really enjoyed getting to play tennis with some of the current Furman female players
July 15, 2022: Most of my son's high school tennis team attended the camp and it made for an amazing time this year.
June 23, 2023: Being able to stay in the dorms, meet new friends and be immersed in learning how to be a better tennis player.
July 14, 2023: The tennis was the best, and the evenings with new friends and awesome counselors like Chad made it wonderful.
July 15, 2022: This was the first camp my daughter has attended on a college campus and she came with a team member and loved it!
July 1, 2022: My daughter loved this camp! She loved all the match play and we appreciated the assessment of their skills so despite their age they are placed with skill level opponents!
July 22, 2022: Vivian loved Furman Tennis Camp! After Day 1, she and her buddies asked if they can stay overnight next summer. She loved the coaching staff and the drills/matches and being there with her friends.
June 19, 2023: My son has is on the spectrum and had a fabulous time. They made it easy for him to socialize and provided enough structure that he did not have too much time sitting around. He thrives with structure and organization. He also had fun! (day camper)
July 22, 2022: Mason loved the coaches, the drills, the overnight activities and especially the food in the dining hall. I read his coach evaluation and was really impressed at how well they paid attention to each child. His coach had noted something that was more of a mental component of Mason's game and something we had just noticed him seeming to be worried about in his tournament matches. I love that his coach had recognized that too.
The coaches made this camp fun.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.