Nike Tennis Camp at Kalamazoo College
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Nike Tennis Camps is proud to host camp at Kalamazoo College for summer 2016! Located in a quiet residential section of Kalamazoo, Michigan, this is the perfect location for a summer camp. Enjoy a week of camp on a beautiful hilltop campus with top-notch tennis training facilities.
Our goal at the Nike Tennis Camp at Kalamazoo College is to stimulate the passion for tennis in young players, improve their technique and match play skills, and have a blast while doing it! We are offering daytime tennis summer camp options for boys and girls ages 9-18 of all abilities. Join the fun and get better this summer!
- Daily on-court tennis instruction from Kalamazoo College’s head men’s tennis coach, Mark Riley, and his expert staff
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis training
- Low camper to staff ratio and complete supervision
- Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
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Camp Director Mark Murphy
Kalamazoo College announced the hiring of Mark Murphy as women’s tennis coach and director of tennis facilities on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.View Mark Murphy's Bio ⟩
Mark Murphy completed his first season with the Hornets in 2010, guiding the team to a 14-8 record overall and third-place finish in the MIAA (6-2). Kalamazoo finished third in the MIAA again in 2011 with a 5-3 league record and finished the year ranked 20th in the Central Region.
Murphy's 2012 team finished third in the MIAA with a 6-2 record. Senior Kelsey Hassevoort was recognized as the league's Most Valuable Player while also winning the Karen Caine Award as the league's top scholar athlete in women's tennis.
The Hornets advanced to the MIAA Tournament semifinals in each of Murphy's first three seasons.
The Hornets have had three All-MIAA First Team selections and two All-MIAA Second Team selections during Murphy's tenure.
Murphy came to Kalamazoo College after 11 years as associate head men’s and women’s tennis coach at his alma mater, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was also the assistant director of Coe’s Clark Racquet Center since 2005.
Murphy played and coached at Coe under Eric Rodgers, a 1979 Kalamazoo College graduate and member of two of Coach George Acker’s NCAA III National Championship teams.
In his 11 years as associate head coach at Coe, Murphy helped guide the Kohawks to nine conference team championships (6 men, 3 women), six conference second place finishes (4 men, 2 women), and eight NCAA III Tournament appearances (6 men, 2 women). He has worked with a combined 93 All-Conference selections, 10 ITA/NCAA All-Americans, and eight conference most valuable players.
In addition to his duties at Coe, Murphy was the head coach of the Iowa USTA Competition Training Center, served as chair of the Iowa District Junior Competition, and taught private lessons as a USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certified instructor. He also was voted as the Most Outstanding Contributor to Junior Tennis in Iowa in 2006.
Murphy graduated from Coe College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration. He was a three-year letter winner for the Kohawks and member of two Midwest Conference championship teams.
In addition to his responsibilities at Kalamazoo College, Murphy is the Central Regional Chair of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Committee, Central Regional Chair of the ITA Ranking Committee, and is the Head Coach for the USTA/WMTA Marian Baird Wood Girls 18’s Team.
Murphy and his wife, Becca, reside in Portage with their daughter, Eliza.
This year we are offering two weeks of Day camp for kids ages 9-18 of all skill levels. Camp runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00am - 4:00pm daily. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own tennis instruction needs can be addressed throughout the week.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 15-18
- All Day Campers check-in Monday between 8:30-9:00am at Stowe Stadium, on the corner of Academy St. and Acker Lane.
- All campers check-out Thursday at 4:00pm.
- Monday-Thursday: Day campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 4:00pm.
Campers will utilize Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium which features 11 lit hard courts.
Lunch will be provided.
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 Detroit Metro Airport and schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp.
If you have a camper arriving by air who is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there will 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: TNXRKA
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
- 9:15am Tennis Instruction
- 10:00am Break
- 10:15am Tennis Instruction and Drills
- 12:00pm Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:00pm Tennis Program, Match Play
- 2:30pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
- 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
More excited about tennis
July 31, 2017: She left camp so excited about tennis she didn't want to put her racquet down!! My daughters peanut allergy was well cared for and she had a good experience on campus. Mike Murphy made a great impression with my 13 year old, he showed her trust, knowledge, understanding and leadership (her words!)
— Liz B. Parent
August 5, 2015: It was a fantastic experience. Great group and great coaches!
— Leela B. Parent
July 22, 2015: Can't wait for next year!
— Lissa W. Camper
Overall the camp was great
July 4, 2014: I think players should be grouped by ability and also age. A good player needs to play with the same level or higher to make it challenging. Overall the camp was great and will consider going next summer.
— Valerie G. Parent
great experience, improve food
August 1, 2014: The lunches that were provided were very good. However, the dinners and the breakfast were bland, mediocre and no selection. Given that we were playing tennis 7 hours a day, there should be better oversight and thought put into nutrition for the young players. Otherwise, it was a great experience and fun!
— Caroline A. Camper
Exceeded our expectations
August 22, 2013: Exceeded our expectations in every way. See you next year.
— Margie K. Parent
July 26, 2013: I really liked the coaches; they were good teachers and very fun.
— Emelen M. Camper