Nike Tennis Camp at Trinity University
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The Nike Tennis Camp in San Antonio at Trinity University offers day camps with All Skills, Tournament Training, and High School programs. Directed by top collegiate coaches, this junior tennis camp in Texas delivers serious fun!
The Trinity University Nike Summer Tennis Camp in TX will focus on all aspects of the game including strategy, footwork, stroke technique, mental toughness, and conditioning.
- Instruction from Trinity University Women's Coach, Gretchen Rush, and her expert staff
- Low camper-to-staff ratio
- All Skills, 10&Under Tennis, Tournament Training and High School programs
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Camp Director Gretchen Rush
Gretchen Rush, a four-time Trinity All-American, is the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Trinity University.View Gretchen Rush's Bio ⟩
- U.S. Olympic team 1984
- 4 time All American at Trinity University
- WTA top 20 quarterfinal in Wimbledon, US Open, French Open
- Member of 5 Hall of Fames including Intercollegiate women's Tennis and Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame
- Collegiate coach for 10 years and Teaching to all levels for over 20
Gretchen Rush began her rise to tennis fame at the young age of 11. She competed in tournaments in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where every summer the best collegiate players from around the country played the National Amateur Clay Courts on the very courts she grew up playing on. With perseverance- infused talent, Rush soon went beyond the Tressel tennis courts in Mount Lebanon to playing in tournaments around the globe, earning the title of #1 junior tennis player in the world in 1982.
She has passed along her expertise teaching tennis for over 20 years in San Diego’s clubs and public parks coaching all levels and abilities from Special Olympians to NCAA champions (Stanford’s Amber Liu) to beginning senior players in their 80s.
Though Rush still enjoys representing the U.S. in the ITF Senior Team Championships, she devotes most of her time to training future all-stars at her alma mater, Trinity University, and bringing positive changes to her adopted San Antonio, Texas community.
As the International Tennis Director for the Special Olympics for five years, she found a great start to her life after playing tennis. “They showed me incredible courage, a sense of humor and a love of life,” Rush says. “I was honored to serve such a wonderful part of our tennis community.”
When looking back on her time as a college and professional tennis athlete, and then a coach, Rush believes there are four pillars that helped her get to where she is today, which she tries to instill in her Trinity players: dream big, love the fight, never give up and always believe
Co-Director Jacob Carrillo
Jacob Carrillo is the Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Trinity University.View Jacob Carrillo's Bio ⟩
Coach Carrillo came to the Trinity campus from his alma mater, Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. He served as the assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets men’s and women’s tennis teams from 2014-2016. The versatile Coach Carrillo also was Howard Payne’s Sports Information Director’s Assistant Intern for two years.
He was the coordinator and tennis instructor for McAllen Parks and Recreational, in McAllen, Texas, in the summer of 2013. Coach Carrillo headed the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) program, which included a traveling competitive tennis team.
Coach Carrillo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard Payne in December 2014, in communication, with a minor in general studies. He was a four-year letter winner for the Yellow Jackets men’s tennis team, and received two awards in 2013: the Yellow Jacket of the Year, and the Sportsmanship Award.
A native of Lytle, Texas, Coach Carrillo is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports and wellness leadership from Howard Payne.
Camp Director Russell McMindes
Russell McMindes enters his ninth season as Trinity University's head men’s tennis coach.View Russell's Bio ⟩
The former Tiger men’s standout was appointed to the position in July 2009. He has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division III tennis. Over the past eight seasons, the Tigers have amassed a dual-match record of 155-78 (.665). Each year, Trinity has advanced to the NCAA Playoffs and captured a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.
The 2017 Tigers finished the campaign with a 17-11 mark and fought their way to the NCAA third round. Matt Tyer and Wilson Lambeth advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, the first Tiger tandem to do so since 2010. Lambeth earned the distinction of being tabbed as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III National Men’s Player to Watch. Sloan Rush had received the accolade in 2010. Tyer and Lambeth won the ITA Southwest Doubles title in the fall of 2016 and advanced to the ITA Oracle Cup title match.
Coach McMindes has guided three Trinity men’s doubles teams to an ITA National Championship. Tyer and Adam Krull won top honors in October 2015. Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal took the ITA championship in 2010 and advanced to the 2011 NCAA Doubles final. Aaron Skinner and Jordan Mayer repeated the ITA Championship feat in 2014. Skinner also won the ITA Singles Championship, in 2012, and later advanced to the NCAA Singles semifinals.
The 2015 team traveled to Saint Peter, Minnesota, where the Tigers won the ITA National Indoor Team Championship. Trinity emerged as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Tigers later advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fifth time in six years, and completed the season with a #8 ranking, and a 19-9 record.
Following the 2014 season, Coach McMindes received a high honor from his colleagues. He was elected the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Division III Coach of the Year. Coach McMindes skippered the Tigers to a third place finish at the NCAA Team Championships and a mark of 26-7. Trinity made its first semifinals appearance since 2000, when the Tigers won the national crown. Four of Coach McMindes’ players were named to the All-America Team in 2014.
A total of 13 of Coach McMindes’ players have earned All-America accolades on 21 occasions. Tyer and Lambeth were the latest Tigers to pick up All-America distinction. Trinity has also been designated as an ITA All-Academic Team, and 11 individual players have earned Scholar-Athlete honors since 2010.
Coach McMindes has been elected SCAC Coach of the Year seven times, including in 2017. Six of his players have been named SCAC Player of the Year, which includes Chas Mayer following the 2017 season. Skinner was elected the 2015 SCAC Man of the Year.
During the 2011-12 season, Coach McMindes also coached the Tiger women’s team. Trinity’s women’s squad captured its first SCAC Championship since 2006 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers, who advanced to the second round, made their first NCAA appearance in four years. Mackenzie Knoop battled her way to the NCAA Singles semifinals, becoming the first Tiger women’s semifinalist since 2002. Three Tiger players garnered All-America honors during Coach McMindes’ tenure.
Coach McMindes served for six seasons as the Tigers men’s assistant coach under the legendary Butch Newman, Trinity’s Director of Tennis. In 2009, Coach McMindes was named the ITA West Region Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year.
As a Tiger player, Coach McMindes was a three-year letterwinner and was a member of the 2000 National Championship team. He received All-SCAC honors for three years. Prior to joining Trinity’s program, Coach McMindes played for one season for Oklahoma Christian University.
Coach McMindes earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity in 2002 with a concentration in chemical engineering. A resident of San Antonio, Coach McMindes was the Clemens High School valedictorian in 1997.
A talented instructor of the game of tennis, Coach McMindes was a teaching professional at the San Antonio Country Club. The members had the good fortune of taking lessons from a United States Professional Tennis Association Certified Pro.
We offer Full Day (8:30am-4:00pm | Ages 10-18) or Half Day (8:30am-11:30am | Ages 8-18) camps for boys and girls with All Skills, 10&Under Tennis, Tournament Training and High School programs.
2018 Camp Dates & Programs
- June 4-8 (All Skills, 10&U Tennis, Tournament Training) (Full Day & Half Day)
- August 6-10 (All Skills, 10&U Tennis, High School Training) (Half Day ONLY) - Directed by Russell McMindes
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Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities unless otherwise noted. 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.
High School Program
The High School program is for players, ages 13-18, who are currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.
10 and Under Tennis Program
The “10 and Under Tennis” Program features the USTA’s successful teaching format. This is an exciting way kids 10 and under are learning to play tennis as well as compete. The courts are smaller and balls are low-compression so they are easier to hit, allowing kids to get to the ball and develop optimal swing patterns. It all makes it easy and fun for them to hit, play and score from the start, while developing skills that will last a lifetime. Please note: We will use short courts and full courts during the camp. This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts.
Adult Tennis Camp
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- Monday: All campers check in at 8:00am. Half Day campers depart at 11:30am.
- Tuesday-Friday: All campers arrive at 8:30am. Half Day campers depart at 11:30am.
- There is an awards ceremony on Friday at 11:00am for all campers. Parents are invited to attend.
Half day campers depart before lunch.
Campers will play utilize Trinity University's 8 outdoor tennis courts at the Butch Newman Tennis Stadium.
In case of rain or extreme heat, campers will be brought inside for video analysis, conditioning and strategy talks.
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: TNXDTT
Camp is open to any and all entrants and only restricted only by age and number of campers.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30am Warm Up and Stretching
- 8:45am Tennis Instruction & Drills
- 11:30am Half Day Campers Depart
- 11:30am Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
- 1:00pm Tennis Games and Match Play
- 3:00pm Conditioning and/or Swimming
- 4:00pm Full Day Campers Depart