Samford University Nike Tennis Camp
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The Samford University Nike Tennis Camp in Alabama is a day camp for kids looking to improve their tennis game and have a blast! Our junior tennis camp in Birmingham, AL offers top notch instruction, supervised match play and plenty of fun!
This summer tennis camp in the South teaches boys and girls important tennis fundamentals as well as ways to improve their technique and increase their self-confidence.
- Instruction from Samford tennis coaches, David Vest and Oliver Reynolds
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Safe, healthy and fun environment
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Co-Director David Vest
David Vest is in his 12th season as head coach at Samford. He was named to the position Aug. 2, 2007, and has led the Bulldogs to a pair of conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.View David Vest's Bio ⟩
Vest, one of the top young coaches in the nation, has already garnered seven Coach of the Year accolades, including being named the 2018 and 2015 Southern Conference Coach of the Year and the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Southern Region Coach of the Year.
Vest's 2018 team placed second in the Southern Conference with a 5-2 record in conference play.
Vest led his team to three-straight appearances in the title game of the Southern Conference Tournament in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Bulldogs won the 2015 event, the second NCAA Tournament appearance for the program under Vest.
In 2016, despite losing several of his top players from the previous season, Vest's squad earned wins over Wofford (4-0) and Furman (4-3) in the SoCon Tournament to reach the finals for the third-straight season. In the finals, the Bulldogs dropped a hard-fought match to top-seeded ETSU.
In 2015, the Bulldogs’ head coach led his squad to both the regular-season SoCon title, as well as the SoCon Tournament championship. Samford finished the campaign with a brilliant 10-0 record against league opponents, including a 4-1 triumph over ETSU in the SoCon Tournament final.
Vest’s 2015 squad opened the year in stellar fashion by winning the doubles point at No. 10-ranked Georgia in the prestigious ITA Kickoff Classic. Samford faced four nationally-ranked opponents throughout the season and opened the campaign as the No. 71-ranked team in the country.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 7-0 SoCon record and an 8-2 mark when playing in the friendly confines of the Samford Tennis Center.
Vest was named the Southern Region Coach of the Year in 2014 after he led the Bulldogs to a 20-3 overall record, their best mark in school history.
Vest joined 12 coaches from across the nation in receiving regional coach of the year honors. The Bulldogs, members of the ITA’s talent-laden Southern Region, finished 20-3 on the season, 8-1 in SoCon play and 4-1 versus regional opponents.
Samford’s only losses in 2014 occurred against No. 21-ranked Auburn, No. 68 Furman and Elon.
The Bulldogs finished the year ranked No. 69 in the ITA national rankings, their highest ranking in school history. Samford also spent a school-record seven weeks listed amongst the country’s top 75.
In 2014, the Vest-led Bulldogs strung together a spectacular 10-match winning streak and advanced to the championship match of the SoCon Tournament.
Samford concluded its 2014 campaign being triumphant in 18 of its last 20 matches.
As a team, the Bulldogs dominated play in both singles and doubles in 2014. Samford finished the year with a stellar 101-27 record in the singles competition, as well as a brilliant 49-17 mark in dual-match doubles play.
In 2012, Vest’s Samford squad finished the season with a stellar 15-6 overall record and a 6-4 mark against conference opponents. The Bulldogs finished fourth in the SoCon standings and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the postseason tournament held in Charleston, S.C.
Just two years earlier, in Samford’s second year as a member of the SoCon, Vest’s squad registered a 9-1 conference record and a second-place finish in the league. Samford finished the season with a 17-6 overall mark and advanced to the semifinal round of the 2010 SoCon Tournament.
During the 2010 spring campaign, the Bulldogs defeated the 67th-ranked Tulane Green Wave and compiled a nine-match winning streak. Two of Samford’s six losses that season came against nationally-ranked opponents Mississippi State and North Florida.
In 2007–08, Vest guided the Bulldogs to the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship and the OVC Tournament title. Samford finished the season with a 10-0 record in conference play and set the school’s all-time record for wins with 20.
The Bulldogs also finished the 2007–08 campaign as the 13th-ranked team in the talent-laden ITA South Region.
Prior to taking the reins at Samford, Vest served as the assistant head women’s coach at the University of Kentucky for two seasons. He helped coach a women’s team that was ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation in 2006, and produced a pair of All-Americans: Kim Coventry and Joelle Schwenk.
A relentless recruiter, Vest helped Kentucky earn the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2007, as determined by tennisrecruiting.net.
Prior to moving to the University of Kentucky, Vest was the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Morehead State for four seasons. He was named the OVC Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2005 after he led the Eagles to school-record totals in wins each season.
During his first year at Morehead State in 2002, Vest helped a women’s team that finished eighth in the conference tournament the year before to a third-place finish. He earned a number of accolades with the Eagles and coached Morehead State’s first nationally-ranked NCAA singles performer, Greg Johnstone (#67 ITA ranking in 2005).
Before being named the head coach at Morehead State, Vest spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the program after he completed his eligibility as a member of the Eagles’ tennis team.
Vest was a four-year letterwinner at Morehead State and was named to the OVC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll following each season. He was also the Eagles’ team captain, and was the No. 1 singles and doubles player as a junior and senior.
Vest graduated from Morehead State with a degree in government and history in 1999.
In high school, Vest was a four-time team Most Valuable Player at Morgan County Central High School in West Liberty, Ky., where he was named first-team All-State in his junior and senior seasons.
Co-Director Oliver Reynolds
Samford University has hired former Bulldog student-athlete Oliver Reynolds as its new head men's tennis coach, Director of Athletics Martin Newton announced Wednesday.View Oliver's Bio ⟩
"We are excited to welcome Oliver Reynolds back to Samford as our new head men's tennis coach," Newton said. "The experience he gained in coaching over the last 10 years will benefit our program and our student-athletes greatly. We are always happy to welcome back one of our former student-athletes, and Oliver's love and appreciation for Samford are evident and will be an asset as he builds his teams and program in the years to come."
Reynolds comes to Samford after serving as the head men's and women's tennis coach at Washington College in Maryland. During his time at Washington, he led the women's team to a record of 32-18, and the men's team to a mark of 21-28. In addition to coaching both the men's and women's tennis teams, Reynolds directed the Kent County Tennis League.
"I owe a huge thank you to Martin Newton, Hal Langston, and the committee for giving me an opportunity to be back at Samford as a part of the men's tennis program," Reynolds said. "Joining this program as the head coach feels like coming home. Rahim did a great job building a strong team with a good culture, and I look forward to picking up where he left off. My goal as the head coach is to continue to develop successful young men and student-athletes on and off the court, as well as compete for the SoCon championship on a yearly basis. I am honored to, yet again, be a Bulldog. Go dogs!"
Reynolds came to Washington College from the College of Charleston, where he was a member of the staff from 2015 to 2017. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as an assistant coach for the men's and women's teams, and he was promoted to associate head coach of both programs for the 2017 campaign.
Reynolds got his first collegiate coaching experience when he was on the men's tennis staff at The Citadel from 2012 to 2013. In February of 2013, he was named the interim head coach of The Citadel, leading the program for the remainder of the 2013 season. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, he served as a junior tennis coach at Family Circle from August 2013 to January 2014, where he developed and executed well-rounded training sessions for youth ranging from 10 to 18 years old.
From 2007 to 2011, Reynolds was a member of the Samford men's tennis team. As a senior, he served as the captain of the Bulldogs' Southern Conference Tournament champions that earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. In his freshman season in the spring of 2008, Reynolds was a starter in both singles and doubles play for the team that won the Ohio Valley Conference title.
Reynolds is a 2011 Samford University graduate. He earned his degree in Business Administration—Finance.
2023 CAMP DATES
- June 19-23
- June 26-30
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. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game.
We offer day camps that run Monday-Friday, from 9:00am-4:00pm, geared towards boys and girls, ages 9-18, of all skill levels.
- Check-in: Monday at 8:30am at the Samford Tennis Center.
- Check-out: Friday at 12:00pm at the Samford Tennis Center.
- Daily Schedule: Monday 8:30am-4:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8:50am-4:00pm, Friday 8:50am-12:00pm
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Supervision: Staff members participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and prizes
- Lunch is not included, campers should bring their lunch every day (Except on the last day when campers leave before lunch)
- If campers choose not to bring lunch, they can walk with camp staff to the cafeteria on campus to purchase lunch for $10
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 5:1 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 play on Samford's 6 outdoor and 3 indoor courts.
- 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
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)
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE TENNIS CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our tennis camps please see our FAQ page
Maximize your camp experience with SwingVision, an iPhone app that provides the following benefits when you record your play: watch a full match in 20 minutes with the dead-time automatically removed, view stats like shot placement, court positioning, shot speed, and consistency for each shot type, filter to particular shot or point types and easily create highlight videos of certain points or shots, access video analysis, and stats immediately after you finish recording, all on unlimited cloud storage.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
- 9:15am 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
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Overall Average RatingStars
Loved the structure of camp
June 28, 2021: Reese loved how quickly it moved. Not too much down time. She also loved playing for prizes on the last day.
— Betsy T. - Parent
Likes tennis even more!
June 26, 2021: Positive attitude of staff. Made it fun but challenging. She worked hard, got stronger, and likes tennis even more after participating. Can’t ask for more!!
— Sheryl T. - Parent
I recommend this camp!
June 26, 2021: Emma had a great time. She learned and improved on many skills for tennis. The coaches were great! She made new friends. I would recommend this camp!
— Crystal A. - Parent
Wants to do it again next year
June 29, 2019: Our daughter really enjoyed this camp. She has already said she would like to do it again next year. She loved the coaches. She said they were fun and encouraging. She definitely improved in her tennis skills and abilities.
— Tori H. - Parent
Learned a ton and enjoyed the week very much
June 23, 2019: My son learned a ton and enjoyed the week very much. There was a good range in player abilities. As a result, my son was challenged by the better players but was also encouraging to the newer players.
— Colin M. - Parent
June 23, 2018: Love that she practices and gets better at tennis with excellent coaches, but also love that positive character, hard work and sportsmanship are encouraged and rewarded! Love that they access and divide groups accordingly.
— Gerald B. - Parent
Cannot imagine a better experience
July 01, 2018: My son LOVED the set up and competition. He won the 110% award at the end, which tells me the instructors were extremely motivating. I cannot speak highly enough about the Samford University instructors! Not only were they knowledgeable about tennis, they were so personable and made what could have been a long, hot, day so much fun for the kids.We travel from out of town for this camp, and this is our second year coming to this location for this camp. I honestly cannot imagine a better, more positive experience for my boys.
— Melanie C. - Parent
Made new friends
June 30, 2017: I made several new friends at the camp who I now stay in touch with and get together with even after the camp was over.The coaches were also very cordial and helpful when it came to answering any questions I had and giving me pointers on how to improve my game.
— Nicole B. Camper
Learned a lot
June 30, 2017: My daughter learned a great deal and most importantly, she had fun!!! Asked if she could return next year.
— Crystal O. Parent
Increased passion for tennis
June 30, 2017: Really increased my daughter passion for tennis
— Gerald B. Parent
We will definitely be sending him again
July 29, 2016: My son absolutely loved Nike tennis camp at Samford! He loved the instructors/coaches and the skills he learned during the week. We will definitely be sending him again next summer!
— Jennifer Y. Parent
July 28, 2016: I had a great time and have already asked if I can go next year!
— Ann Elise P. Camper
My child loved the camp
July 21, 2016: My child loved the camp. Already talking about next year.
— Richard M. Parent
loves Nike tennis camp!
July 14, 2016: Zach loves Nike tennis camp. Sad he couldn't go on the last day. He always looks forward to winning prizes. His game improved a lot.
— Lisa M. Parent
she improved a lot
July 14, 2016: My daughter had so much fun and felt that she improved a lot. She thought all of the instructors were very helpful, especially Raheem.
— Louisa J. Parent
learned a lot and improved
July 14, 2016: My 12 year old son has really enjoyed the camp and feels that he has learned a lot and improved his tennis skills. Thank you.
— Knox H. Parent
love the staff at Samford
July 14, 2016: We love the staff at Samford and look forward to attending yearly.
— April R. Parent
Great! Loved it!
July 15, 2015: Great!!! Loved it!! Wish you offered the camp more than twice a summer season!!!
— Gray J. Camper
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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.