Nike Tennis Camp at University of San Diego
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A favorite Southern California tennis camp, the Nike Tennis Camp at USD boasts superior instruction, facilities, weather, food, and location. Our San Diego tennis camp focuses on sportsmanship, individual improvement and having tons of fun!
The Directors of our SoCal tennis camp have over 70 years of combined camp and coaching experience and deliver an unparalleled program for kids of all skill levels.
- Instruction from top teaching pro, Bill Scott and USD Tennis Coaches Sherri Stephens and Ryan Keckley
- 5-6 hours daily tennis; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Head Director Sherri Stephens
Going into her 34th season, Sherri has been the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at USD since 1984 and has since transitioned her teams into a national NCAA Division I contending program. She owns a 367-346-2 (.513) career record. Sherri grew up in Arizona where she was a nationally ranked junior player before competing at the University of Arizona.View Sherri Stephens's Bio ⟩
Sherri Stephens recently wrapped up her 34th season at USD. She owns a 367-346-2 (.513) career record.
In 2012, Stephens led the Toreros to their first ever WCC championship with a 4-2 win over Pepperdine and garnering her second consecutive WCC Coach of the Year honor. Stephens' squad made their 11th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 and second in a row. In 2010-11, Stephens helped lead the Toreros to a 19-6 record, the highest win total in her tenure at the University of San Diego, and winning her second-career West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honor. Stephens guided the Toreros to their first NCAA appearance since 1999, defeating UNLV in the first round by a score of 4-2 before falling to host UCLA 4-0 in the second round. The second round finish matched the best NCAA finish in USD history and the fifth time Stephens has led the Toreros to the second round.
Under Stephens' guidance the Toreros came in second in the WCC Championships behind Pepperdine in 2011 and placed all six regulars on the All-WCC singles and doubles teams. The Toreros also posted their best team winning percentage in 2011 with a .760 mark under Stephens, while also setting a new team record with a 14-1 record at Hogan Tennis Center and tying the team record with nine dual match shutouts on the year. Stephens helped guide USD to a team-record 11-consecutive dual match victories and their highest ranking (23rd) since the 1994 season. The Toreros also spent five straight weeks in the Campbell/ITA Top-25 after opening the season with a No. 67 ranking.
In 2010, Stephens notched her 300th career win en route to a 13-12 dual record, a final ITA ranking of #65, and a third place finish at the WCC Championships. Also in 2010, former Torero great, Zuzana Lesenarova, the 1999 NCAA Division I Singles Champion and four-time ITA All-American, was inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor.
Stephens arrived at USD in the fall of 1984 and immediately began to reshape the women's tennis fortunes. During her time coaching the Toreros, she has advanced her team to the NCAA Tournament 11 times (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2011 and 2012). The Toreros have finished among the nation's top-25 in eight seasons, with a high of #14 in 1989, (18-8 overall record), which was USD's first team to advance to the NCAA's. Stephens has also had five Toreros receive a total of twelve NCAA All-American honors: Tonya Fuller (1991), Laura Richards (1992, 1993), Julie McKeon (1992, 1993, 1994), most recently Zuzana Lesenarova (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), and Katarina Valkyova (1999, 2000).
With Coach Stephen's leadership, the Toreros have gained respect as a national contender and she has turned the women's tennis program into one of the most respected programs in the nation. Coach Stephens has had two especially memorable seasons with the Toreros. In 1999-2000, Zuzana Lesenarova advanced to the third round of the singles tournament, eventually losing to Stanford's Laura Granville in three sets (6-0, 4-6, 6-3). Katarina Valkyova lost in the first round to Cincinnati's Kara Molony in three sets (6-0, 3-6, 6-3). The Lesenarova/ Valkyova duo entered the NCAA doubles tournament ranked No. 1 in the nation, but had to withdraw due to injury. Both Lesenarova and Valkyova earned NCAA All-American honors in 2000.
In the 1998-1999 season, her squad finished 14-11 overall, advancing to the 2nd round of the NCAA's and finishing with a national ranking of No. 28. Lesenarova won the 1999 NCAA Singles Championship, holding her No. 1 ranking all spring and winning three of four ITA Grand Slam events. Valkyova was a third alternate at the NCAA's and she advanced to the quarters where she was dealt a three-set loss by Lesenarova. The duo teamed up in doubles play to advance to the NCAA semifinal round. Lesenarova and Valkyova were named 1999 NCAA All-Americans.
Well-respected among her peers in the coaching profession, Stephens has been a featured speaker at several ITA Coaches' Conventions. Twice she has had the privilege of coaching at the Olympic Sports Festival (1993/South, 1995/West), with her 1995 squad winning the gold medal. She was named the 1994 Female Coach of the Year by the USTA, Southern California Section/San Diego District. Sherri has been involved with numerous administrative positions within collegiate tennis such as: the NCAA Ranking Committee, the NCAA Rules Committee, and as Tournament Chairman for the All-American National Championships the past five years. She also runs summer camps every year.
Stephens is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and was a nationally ranked player on the junior circuit before enrolling at the University of Arizona. After completing her collegiate playing career in 1979, she began her coaching career as an assistant for the Arizona Wildcats.
Assistant Director Ryan Keckley
Ryan Keckley led the Toreros to their third straight WCC Championship in his first year as Head Coach of the Men's tennis team at USD.View Ryan Keckley's Bio ⟩
USD went undefeated in WCC play and set a school record with 15 shutouts. Additionally, Uros Petronijevic became the first Torero All-American since 2009 and the doubles duo of Filip Vittek and Jordan Angus advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships, the furthest for a Torero tandem since 2002. As a team, the Toreros finished No. 29 in the country and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships.
"Ryan Keckley is a rising star in college tennis," said Shaney Fink, Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA, at the time of his hire. "His knowledge of the game and proven success, passion for student athlete development and demonstration of the core values of the University of San Diego make him a perfect fit to lead our Torero men's tennis program. We are excited to welcome him to the Torero family."
Keckley spent three seasons as USD's assistant coach to Brett Masi from September 2009 through July, 2012. He replaced Masi, who accepted the head coach position at Texas Tech University. Keckley was named the Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in his final season at Alcala Park after the Toreros finished 18-9 overall, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a national ranking of No. 26. During his second season with USD the Toreros finished 19-7 overall, won the West Coast Conference Championship, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a national ranking of No. 29. USD's record during his three year tenure was 49-25 (.662 winning percentage).
The Toreros had a player in each of the last two NCAA singles tournaments during Keckley's tenure as well as a team in the 2011 NCAA doubles event. At the end of Keckley's first season in 2010, the Toreros brought in the 14th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to TennisRecruiting.net
"I left San Diego three years ago hoping for the chance to once again coach and mentor at USD, stated Ryan Keckley. "San Diego has always held a strong place in my heart, and I am so grateful to be returning as the head coach. I am thankful to Ky Snyder and the entire search committee for granting me the opportunity to represent this prestigious institution and lead an exceptional group of young men. San Diego has a rich tennis tradition in the WCC and on a national scale, and I am humbled to be associated with such a competitive community of athletics. We expect to achieve success and to work tirelessly to push past the impressive resume that is historically representative of Torero tennis."
Keckley returns to USD after being assistant coach for Princeton University the past three seasons. During his time with the Tigers, Keckley helped Princeton to 48 wins including 18 in the most recent 2015 spring season, the second-most wins in a single campaign in program history. The 2015 campaign also saw Keckley and the Tigers end a 17-year NCAA tournament drought, returning to the draw for the first time since 1998. For his efforts, Keckley was named the ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, his second such award in four seasons.
Keckley enjoyed a successful undergraduate career at Notre Dame before moving into the coaching ranks. Keckley was a mainstay in the ITA doubles rankings while at Notre Dame, ending his career with the third-most doubles victories (81) in program history. The Irish advanced to the NCAA tournament in all four of his years there, twice reaching the Round of 16.
Keckley earned three All-Big East Tournament Team doubles honors as well as achieving Big East Academic All-Star status three times. While helping the Irish to three Big East Conference championships, Keckley was ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation in doubles while also reaching No. 115 in singles play. He played in the 2007 NCAA doubles tournament and was also an ITA Midwest Regional doubles champion.
Keckley, a South Bend, Ind., native, was the 2002 Indiana state high school singles champion before moving on to his hometown school.
Administrative Director Bill Scott
Bill is well known in Southern California as the former Director of Tennis at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla and is currently the Director of Tennis at Santa Catalina School in Monterey.View Bill Scott's Bio ⟩
Over the years Bill has coached more than 1400 High School tennis matches while over 9500 juniors have attended his tennis camps. Bill was recently inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Coaching Legends and is a former men’s 35 singles national champion.
We offer Junior Overnight and Day (8:30am-4:00pm) camps for kids, ages 9-18, with All Skills and High School programs.
2019 Camp Dates, Programs & Directors
- June 23-27 | All Skills, High School & Tournament Training
- July 7-12 | All Skills, High School & Tournament Training
- July 14-19 | All Skills, High School & Tournament Training
- July 21-26 | All Skills, High School & Tournament Training
- July 28-August 2 | All Skills, High School & Tournament Training
- August 4-9 | All Skills, High School & Tournament Training
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:
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. Open to any and all players.
High School Program
The High School Program geared towards 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.
- All Campers: Sunday 12:30-2:00pm in front of the Mission Crossroads building. Looks for signs to Nike Tennis Camps to direct you.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 4:30pm.
- Graduation: Friday at 11:30am at the Cindy and Skip Hogan Tennis Center.
- Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony at the dorms.
Daily Program Schedule
- Day campers should be dropped off every day (except first day) by 8:30am at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center.
- Pick up time will be 4:45pm each day (except last day) at the courts.
- 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 breakfast on the last day.
The USD campus, built in Spanish Renaissance style, is situated on 180 acres of mesa overlooking San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay. It has been rated as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The USD campus provides a safe, secure environment, and add an exciting cultural dimension to the total tennis camp experience. Week long tennis camp participants really absorb the college environment, since they are staying in the college dorms and dining at the Student Life Pavilion, where all college students eat regularly throughout the semester. We always incorporate a tour of the campus during one of our lunches, so that the kids have an idea of the size of the campus and beauty they are surrounded by!
Campers play on 8 courts at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, located on the West side of the USD campus.
2018: Overnight campers will reside in the college dorms on campus and dine at the Student Life Pavilion. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned rooms based on requests and then by age and gender. There is no A/C in the dorms, but they stay cool.
Evening activities may include a trip to the beach on Wednesday evening and a sports night.
Weekend stayovers are available at this location between all sessions EXCEPT between Session 4 & 5 (July 26-28). Cost: $325. Includes meals, housing, and supervision.
San Diego International
Transportation is not provided to/from the airport to camp. However, if your camper is flying in to San Diego International Airport the Director or a staff member will meet your son/daughter at the airport and arrange shuttle transportation to camp and then back to the airport on the return. The cost is $27 each way. Please call 858-382-6453 to make reservation and to provide your child's travel itinerary. Please make check payable to “Bill Scott” and bring to camp.
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: TNXRSY
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Rise and Shine/Breakfast
- 8:30am Day Campers arrive. On Court Drills begin.
- Noon-1:30pm Lunch/Activities
- 1:30pm-4:00pm Team competition/Match Play
- 4:00pm Day campers depart
- 5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm-9:30pm Evening activity (Ping Pong Tournament, Foosball Tournament, Ice Cream Social, Movie Night)
- 10:00pm Lights out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Great in every way
August 23, 2018: She loved the dorm experience...and meeting kids from far away places. It was great in every way! Sherri is AMAZING!
— Amy R. - Parent
We had not even made it home before he asked if he could go again next year.
August 23, 2018: Our son loved it. He loved spending the night and the whole independent experience. He loved playing points/games/matches all week. We had not even made it home before he asked if he could go again next year.
— Sofia S. - Parent
Really loved this camp
August 24, 2018: My son really loved this camp and wants to return next year.
— Anna B. - Parent
July 28, 2017: Jared had a GREAT time. Wants to do it next year and do it as an overnight camp. He loved it and thought the instructors were exceptional. Thanks to everyone!
— Chris J. Parent
August 08, 2017: Improvement in his tennis game. Meeting great campers and working with encouraging coaches. Jayden said he was glad he got to stay overnight. He felt that he was able to bond with the other campers allowing him to have a great experience.
— Marichelle. Parent
Upped his game
August 08, 2017: He met wonderful children from all over and so many terrific tennis players it upped his game. My son did 2 weeks. So maybe just switching up nightly activities. Otherwise you people Rock! Great time for my son
— LeeAnn T. Parent
August 8, 2017: It was one of the best experiences. I made so many new friends.
— Cris E. Camper
August 8, 2017: CHILD'S CONFIDENCE IMPROVED WITH THE PERSONAL ENCOURAGEMENT RECEIVED FROM CAMP STAFF. THE BEACH OUTING WAS GREAT.
— Luis F. Parent
August 22, 2017: he loved playing games and getting the awards at the end of the week !!
— Myriam J. Parent
exceeded the whole family's expectations
August 4, 2016: Our three daughters, of all different tennis abilities, attended Nike tennis camp at USD. It was their first ever tennis camp and it exceeded the whole family's expectations by a long shot. The girls loved the experience and we were very impressed by the organization, enthusiasm, and commitment of all the staff. It made for an amazing experience and our daughters are already asking if they can come back next year! A real delight for us as parents to see how much the love of tennis has grown for our children this week. Thanks to Bill, Sherri, Johnny and team!
— Mark H. Parent
camp is really well organized
August 4, 2016: The camp is really well organized and a great opportunity to make new friends.
— Leo B. Camper
Special thank you to Bill Scott
July 28, 2016: Great Team! Special thank you to Bill Scott for always delivering high education and smiling!
— Ricardo L. Camper
camp was the highlight of his summer!
July 27, 2016: This was my 13-year-old son's first sleep-away camp experience. None of his friends attended with him. The camp was the highlight of his summer! He met so many new friends who share his passion for tennis. They had fun on and off the court. He already is organizing with his new friends to attend next summer. Thank you to the director and camp staff for providing a positive, unforgettable experience!
— Kathleen P. Parent
All of the staff was wonderful
7/27/2016 - The Director Bill Scott was great. He was there every day to greet parents, and he knew and cared about each camper. All of the staff was wonderful!
— Elise L. Parent
7/27/2016 - Great experience! The staff was very helpful, and made it a lot of fun! Thanks a lot.
— Mariply N. Camper
had so much fun and improved his skills
7/15/2016 - Andrej had so much fun and enjoyed the camp. It has improved his skills, and he felt great having older kids to play with. He loved everyone, his coach Tac was awesome! He got to make new friends and says he will be Novak Djokovic one day. We look forward to bring him to the camp next year.
— Jovanka M. Parent
7/27/2016 - Loved it to bits!
— Riley H. Camper
Nike tennis camp is my favorite camp ever
7/27/2016 - Nike tennis camp is my favorite camp ever! All of the coaches and people are always very nice and funny and I always have so much fun at the camp.
— Lola W. Camper
speaks highly of Nike camp
7/5/2016 - Tyler had a great time as much as he did not want to admit it to me... He shared his experience with his friends and cousins and spoke highly of Nike camp. Everyone is wonderful. Thank you, Bill and Sherry, for running such a great camp.
— Shadi K. Parent
wished it was a larger camp
7/2/2016 - My son would have preferred more kids there. I know that's hard to plan for, but I would have sent him to a different week even at last minute notice.
— Jodi G. Parent
really enjoyed bonding with the coaches
7/1/2016 - Marla really enjoyed bonding with the coaches, playing tough competitive players and meeting new people!
— Rita S. Parent
nothing but great things to say about camp
7/1/2016 - My son had nothing but great things to say about his week at camp. Thanks to everyone!!
— Eric S. Parent
add a few more hours
7/1/2016 - The only change I would like to see made is for an hour to be added to both the first and last days. They are too short.
— Bella C. Camper
suggest a parent's social at the beginning of camp
8/4/2015 - We suggest a parent's social at the beginning of camp (perhaps Sunday evening). This would give parents an opportunity to meet the counselor's, other parents and ask any questions.
— Danielle S. Parent
loved the camp!
8/3/2015 - Caroline loved the camp! Enjoyed all the tennis and instruction from the counselors, directors and coach! Thanks to all!
— Kathryn S. Parent
counselors are enthusiastic, helpful and extremely knowledgeable
7/31/2015 - Bill Scott and Sherri Stephens are wonderful directors, and John Hackbart is an outstanding Assistant director. The counselors are enthusiastic, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. They do such a great job with this camp and that is why the kids come back year after year!
— Liza K. Parent
staff helps boost confidence as well as skills
7/30/2015 - My son was the camper and he loved it. The staff is very welcoming (this is our 3rd year) and helps boost confidence as well as skills. Not a bad venue either USD!
— Kristin H. Parent
had an amazing time at this camp
7/25/2015 - I had an amazing time at this camp. The coaches, you could tell, loved teaching and were amazing at what they did. I definitely cannot wait to come back next summer!
— Isabel B. Camper
cannot thank the staff enough
7/3/2015 - It was a great experience for my 10 year old daughter. She had never been at any kind of overnight camp and was very nervous the first day. The staff was amazing and she ended up having the best week and cannot wait to go again. I cannot thank the staff enough for how they mad her time so enjoyable!!
— Kelly G. Parent
Not one complaint!
7/2/2015 - Great experience. Not one complaint. Loved everything about it!
— Maja K. Camper