Nike Tennis Camp at University of Southern Mississippi
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We are pleased to offer one of the best tennis camps in the South in Hattiesburg, MS! Our junior tennis camp in Mississippi offers overnight and day camps, with technical tennis training and match play to help boy and girls elevate their game.
The competitive and fun spirit of the University of Southern Mississippi Nike Tennis Camp creates an energetic environment for the campers to improve their skills while having lots of fun!
- Instruction from Southern Miss. Tennis Coach Dominic Modise and his expert staff
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis; low camper to staff ratio
- Experience campus life and create lasting friendships
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Camp Director Dominic Modise
Dominic Modise enters his fourth season at the helm of the Golden Eagle women's program. Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Modise was named the head coach of the North Carolina Wesleyan men's and women's tennis programs in 2007.View Dominic Modise's Bio & Tennis Tips ⟩
Dominic Modise completed his fourth season at the helm of the Golden Eagle women's tennis program.
Modise's Golden Eagles finished the season with a 14-8 overall record. For the third consecutive season, Modise placed a player on the all-conference team.
Modise took a talented freshmen-laden squad and produced a plus-12 turnover over the 2013 season. For his efforts, Golden Eagles earned a record four players earning C-USA All-Conference accolades, Not only did the team show progress on the court, but off the court as well as the team achieved the athletic department's most improved team GPA.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Modise was named the head coach of the North Carolina Wesleyan men's and women's tennis programs in 2007. The 2012 season saw Modise's teams continue to raise the expectations of North Carolina Wesleyan men's tennis after capturing a fourth-straight USA South regular season title, tournament crown and NCAA berth. The Bishops were ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation earlier in the season after defeating Kenyon College, which recently made a national championship appearance. This season also saw Wesleyan's women's team turn the corner with a third straight winning season and a share of the program's first USA South regular season championship.
His five-year tenure at NCWC saw Modise produce 44 All-Conference performers (29 male, 15 female), four USA South Rookies of the Year (three males, one female), ITA Player of the Year to Watch, ITA Rookie of the Year, ITA Regional Doubles Champions, All-American (three males), NCAA Elite 8 and three Sweet 16 finishes, a Top 10 national rankings and one USA South Player of the Year. His Bishops combined for nine conference regular season and/or tournament championships, and he exits as the all-time winningest coach in the history of both programs. For his efforts, Modise earned the league's Coach of the Year award on four occasions.
Previous to NCWC, Modise helped the Buffaloes earn an NCAA Tournament berth and a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. Both overall records during the dual season (16-8) and in the conference (9-2) were school-bests since 1999.
Among his responsibilities, Modise assisted the CU success on the singles court at the No. 4, 5, and 6 positions. All three slots were a combined overall mark of 65-26 (.714), 47-21 (.691) in dual play, and 22-10 (.688) against the conference. He also coached the No. 3 doubles tandem of Melisa Esposito and Martina Sedivec to position champion conference honors with a perfect 9-0 record.
Before joining the Buffalo staff, Modise spent two years as head coach at Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.) rebuilding the men's tennis program after a 15-year absence. He guided NSU to the conference tournament for the first time in school history and coached the team to a top-five league finish with only two scholarship student-athletes.
Prior to his successful efforts at Nicholls State, Modise was the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at the University of New Orleans. There he coached a pair of women to national recognition among the elite Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top-100 rankings and guided both programs to top-five finishes in the Sun Belt Conference. Additionally, Modise helped raise $15,000 to benefit the tennis programs and assisted with Children's Wish and the Privateers fundraising tournament. He has also been involved with fundraising through Legg Mason and the ATP Tour Futures Tournaments.
From 2000-02, Modise was the interim head coach University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At UL, he helped the Lady Cajuns reach a Top-75 national ranking and led the team to its best finish in school history. During his tenure, he coached one of his women's players to a national ranking of No. 111, the highest ranking of any UL tennis student-athlete in school history.
During his collegiate playing days at Central Alabama Community College, Modise ranked among the Top-20 in the NJCAA singles rankings and was nominated as a NJCAA Player to Watch. He was also voted the Most Inspirational and the Most Valuable Player by his teammates. In the classroom, Modise was named an All-WAC scholar athlete before completing his associate's degree in 1997. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in December of 1999. In 2003, he completed his master's degree in human performance with a concentration in sport management from the University of New Orleans.
Originally from South Africa, Modise speaks four languages: English, Dutch, Tswana and Zulu.
Tennis Tips by Dominic Modise:
We offer Overnight and Day (9:00am-4:00pm) camps for boy and girls, ages 9-18, of all skill levels.
2018 Camp Dates
- June 3-8
- June 10-15
- June 17-22
Camp Program Offerings
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. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.
- All Campers: 2:00pm on Sunday at the dorms.
- Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 4:00pm after the evaluation session.
- All Campers: Graduation at 11:00am on Friday at the Tennis Courts. Parents encouraged to attend!
- Check-out is immediately following graduation.
Day Camper Schedule
- Sunday: Arrive at 2:00pm at the dorms. Depart at 4:00pm from the tennis courts.
- Monday-Thursday: Arrive at 9:00am at the tennis courts. Depart at 4:00pm from the tennis courts.
- Friday: Arrive at 9:00am at the tennis courts. Graduation at 11:00am at the tennis courts. Parents encouraged to attend!
- Depart at 11:30am immediately following graduation.
All meals are provided for Overnight campers starting with dinner the first day and ending with breakfast the last day. Day campers should bring their own lunch on Monday-Thursday or money to purchase lunch in the cafeteria ($7-$9).
Campers will play on 12 courts at the University of Southern Mississippi.
2018: TBA | 2017: Campers will stay at the Hattiesburg Hall dorms on campus. Campers can request roommates, otherwise they will be placed in rooms based on gender and age.
For overnight campers evening activities may include pizza and movie nights, talent shows, games and free play at courts.
Weekend stayovers are not available at this location
Gulfport/Biloxi Regional Airport (GPT) – 60 miles from campus
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 Gulfport/Biloxi Regional Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport 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.
We have always planned our camp with "mother nature" in mind, if it were to rain we will always have some sort of activity usually dealing the the mental part of the game. For example, we will have stations where we talk about "College Tennis", "RTP", "Agility", "Mental Toughness" and these are only a few examples of things we have planned.
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: TNXRMM
All Southern Miss Tennis Camps or Clinics are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
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, Day Campers Depart
- 4:15pm Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis
- 5:00pm Rest, Shower, Dinner
- 7:15pm Evening Activity
- 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
- 10:15pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Everything was great!
June 30, 2017: Everything was great !
— Brad L. Parent
Improved his tennis skills
June 30, 2017: Jonas had a great time . He made friends and improved his tennis skills
— Leslie L. Parent
Best tennis camp in the state!
July 01, 2017: This is the best tennis camp in the State! Have some meals in the college cafeteria.
— Daniel H. Parent
Organized and professional
July 01, 2017: Being coached on a college campus was very exciting for him and having young coaches was very encouraging. It makes the goal seem more attainable. The program seemed well organized and professional. It appeared to be well staffed to handle all the campers and the staff seemed prepared and knowledge. The only complaint I got from my camper was that it wasn't longer :)
— Zenka J. Parent
I enjoyed playing with kids my skill level and better. It was a great experience for me because at home I don't always get the competition level of play unless I am playing in a tournament.
— Emily C. Camper
Loved hanging out with the coaches & playing football on Southern Miss football field
— Jack C. Camper
Enjoyed attending over the years
This is my son's last year to attend as he is going into his Senior year. He enjoyed attending with many of his friends that he's attended with over the years.
— Wendy W. Parent
camp was fantastic!
July 5, 2016: This camp was fantastic! My son loved tennis before attending and came out of it even more enthusiastic about the sport. The instruction kept him engaged and really made him approach the skills in a new way.
— Natalie N. Parent
Coach Modise and entire coaching team were outstanding
June 23, 2016: Coach Dominic Modise and his entire coaching team were outstanding. Brooks, my son, had a blast and elevated his game. He can't wait to return next year.
— Chad N. Parent
June 23, 2016: So impressed how the coach and instructors remembered the names of past campers.
— Emily C. Parent
really loved the coaches
6/23/2016 - I really loved Coach Dom, Coach Marshawn and Coach Alexis and Coach Pat. He pushed me to my limits.
— Kane P. Camper
Coaches were positive and enthusiastic!
6/22/2016 - Was looking for a high school only camp in the Louisiana/Mississippi area. Enjoyed the strict conditioning regimen. Coaches were positive and enthusiastic! Thank You!
— Donna L. Parent
impressed by the coach to kid ratio
7/2/2015 - I was really surprised and impressed by the coach to kid ratio. Makes for greater learning time.
— Emily C. Parent
daughter loved the camp
7/23/2014 - My 11 year old daughter loved the camp, she had 6 months experience before and is now very excited about tennis. We now have a ball machine to practice with after school. Thank you, she is really into the sport now!
— Jonathan J. Parent