Seminole High Performance Nike Tennis Camp at Florida State University
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Nike Tennis Camps is thrilled to join forces with the Seminole High Performance Tennis Camps at FSU. These tennis camps in Florida are geared toward all skill levels and offer a one-of-a-kind tennis experience and training with some of the nation's best coaches.
Our junior tennis camps in Tallahassee specialize in an intense tennis experience combined with fun and exciting off-court experiences that last a lifetime.
- Instruction from FSU Men's tennis coaches, Dwayne Hultquist and Ryler DeHeart
- 5-6 hours of daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director Dwayne Hultquist
Dwayne Hultquist is the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Florida State University.View Dwayne Hultquist's Bio ⟩
- Winningest Coach in FSU History 220 Wins 10 Straight NCAA Appearances 2004-2013
- Led team to Elite 8 in 2005
- 2013 ITA Southeast Head Coach of the Year Coached 3 ACC Players of the Year
- Coached 2 Arthur Ashe Award Winners
- Coached 15 All-Americans
In his 16th season at the helm at Florida State, Dwayne Hultquist has put himself atop the Florida State record books and the Seminoles in the national spotlight.
Under Hultquist’s leadership, Florida State men’s tennis has emerged as one of the top programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the country. When Hultquist took over the Florida State program in 1999, the Seminoles were struggling to compete in the state of Florida, let alone at the Atlantic Coast Conference or national level. But in 16 seasons under Hultquist, FSU has had three ACC Player of the Year recipients, five All-American honors and two national ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners.
In 2011, the squad reached the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive season. Vahid Mirzadeh headlined the season as he and Connor Smith were named All-Americans in doubles play, Hultquist’s fourth and fifth athletes to earn that honor. Mirzadeh made a huge impact off the courts as he was named the winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, showcasing his playing abilities, leadership, community service, academic achievements and sportsmanship. Mirzadeh was the lone Seminole to be named to the All-ACC Team.
The 2010 season had the team making the NCAA tournament for the eighth year in a row where they reached the second round of play. Awards started coming in the fall as Clint Bowles was the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Singles Champion. Later in the year, Jean-Yves Aubone was named the ITA Senior Player of the Year and was named to the All-ACC team along with Vahid Mirzadeh. The Seminoles stormed the classrooms that year with seven members of the team being named to the ACC honor roll. Jean-Yves capped the year by being named as the ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
For the first time in school history Florida State made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2008 and 2009. 2009 also marked the first time that the Seminoles finished the season ranked inside the top 15 in consecutive seasons (No. 13). Once again Hultquist helped direct his players to career seasons with Maciek Sykut becoming the winningest player in Florida State tennis history in both singles and overall victories. Jean-Yves Aubone also became the first player in school history to become a two-time All-American. The Noles also had three All-ACC performers for the second consecutive season with Aubone, Clint Bowles and Sykut earning those honors. Hultquist also earned his own accolades in 2009 becoming the winningest coach in Florida State tennis history (159), surpassing his predecessor David Barron (141). With 21 victories in 2009, Hultquist won more than 20 in one season for the third time in his career and the second season in a row.
The 2008 season was a year of records for Florida State culminating in a trip to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles achieved their highest ranking in program history at No. 7 and individually saw Jean-Yves Aubone earn the highest singles’ ranking in the school’s history. FSU’s 21 victories marked the second time Hultquist has led his squad to a 20-win season during his tenure. Under the direction of Hultquist, Florida State players rose to new heights in 2008 with Aubone earning singles All-American honors and along with Sam Chang and Clint Bowles All-ACC accolades. Aubone and Bowles also broke the school record for doubles victories in a single season (28).
In 2007 Hultquist led Florida State to a 17-10 record and the Seminoles received their highest ranking at No. 10 during the season. FSU also hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. Hultquist has also proven himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. In the last two years, he has recruited some of the top high school talent in the nation, evident by Florida State’s top ranked recruiting class in 2006 and the signing of one of the nation’s best in Blue Chip recruit Clint Bowles.
Undoubtedly, year six in the Hultquist era was the best season in school history. For starters, the Seminoles not only made their third straight trip to the national summit, but FSU reached the 2005 NCAA Elite Eight for the first time ever. Florida State also finished with its then highest-ever national ranking at No. 13 and stamped its first 20-plus win season since 1985. Hultquist led his squad to an impressive 21-8 mark and a second-place finish in the ACC. Under Hultquist’s tutelage in 2005, Mat Cloer became the school’s first singles’ All-American and won the program’s first national honor with the ITA Arthur Ashe Award. Hultquist hit the ground running in the fall of 2005 and led his troop to an impressive fall campaign. For the Seminoles’ efforts, Florida State not only earned the school’s first invitation to the 2006 USTA/ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, but also garnered a respectable preseason ranking of No. 11 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
In Hultquist’s fifth season, FSU reached heights it hadn’t seen since the mid 1990’s. Florida State’s second trip to the national summit was their first back-to-back appearances since the 1997-98 campaigns, and they ended the 2004 year ranked for the 11th season in a row with a 10-13 record. Individual honors were also bountiful in 2004 with Mat Cloer claiming his second ACC Player of the Year honor, only the third time in league history that the award has gone to the same player in back-to-back years. Then-freshman Jonathas Sucupira was named to the All-ACC team, a first by an FSU rookie since 1992.
Florida State had a break-out year during Hultquist’s fourth season as the 2003 squad returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 and ended the year with a 15-10 mark. The Seminoles produced their best finish in the ACC standings, taking second, while winning the ACC Indoor Doubles Championship for the second year in a row. Individual accolades rolled in as Hultquist’s former aide, Ty Braswell, was named ITA Assistant Coach of the Year. On the court, Cloer became the first Seminole to earn ACC Player of the Year honors. With a passion for the sport of tennis, Hultquist always wanted to accomplish one thing. That one thing was the desire to become a successful Division I collegiate coach. In the summer of 1999, Hultquist’s hiring as the Seminole head men’s tennis coach culminated a decade-long journey to fulfill his dream.
In his first year, Hultquist brought the Seminoles a winning record of 14-10. In his second year, the men’s team entered the 2001-02 season ranked No. 59 by the ITA. Hultquist arrived at Florida State after serving eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas. While working under legendary coach Dave Snyder, Hultquist became known for his excellent recruiting abilities. He was also responsible for scheduling, fundraising, individualized coaching and many of the day-to-day operations of the program. While at Texas, Hultquist coached nine All-Americans, helped lead the Longhorns to six conference titles and made it to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in each of his eight years.
Hultquist began his tennis career at Penn State where he was a four-year letterman and team captain in 1986. During that same year, he was an NCAA Tournament qualifier in doubles, and earned all-conference honors in both singles and doubles. After graduating from Penn State, Hultquist turned pro, playing in the United States, Israel and Asia. During his career, Hultquist was selected to play on national teams that traveled to Korea and China for competition.
Hultquist’s coaching career began when he started working with USTA in 1988. During his tenure at the USTA, he traveled with the Boy’s National Team to South America as well as the Orange Bowl and Easter Bowl tournaments. In 1991, Hultquist began his collegiate coaching career when he accepted a graduate assistant position at the University of Kentucky, where he was responsible for recruiting and co-directing the National Collegiate Indoor Team Championships.
Co-Director Ryler DeHeart
Ryler DeHEart is the Associate Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Florida State University.View Ryler DeHeart's Bio ⟩
Ryler DeHeart, a five-year ATP professional and four-year assistant at the University of Alabama, was named the men’s tennis Associate Head Coach in the Summer of 2016.
During his time at Alabama (2013-16), DeHeart helped lead the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament his first year and coached four All-Americans during his tenure, including the No. 6 doubles team of Korey Lovett and Mazen Osama last season.
DeHeart played four years collegiately at the University of Illinois, helping lead the Illini to an NCAA Championship as a freshman in 2003. A two-time All-American, he continues to hold the all-time singles wins record for the Illini, with 138, and is second and fourth on the single-season wins list with 42 in 2005 and 39 in 2006.
Graduating with a degree in psychology with a premed focus, DeHeart won the ITA Indoor Championship in 2005 and 2006 and was ranked No. 1 in the country in each of those seasons. DeHeart was also named the 2006 ITA Midwest Region Player of the Year, the 2005 and 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year, and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection.
After playing at Illinois, the Kauai, Hawai’i, native played professionally for five years, including an appearance in each of the four Grand Slams. He reached a career-high ranking of 174 in singles and 120 in doubles, and faced the top-ranked player in the world, Rafael Nadal, in the second round of the 2008 US Open.
DeHeart and his wife, Megan, founded the RD Tennis high performance program in Tampa before his stint with the Crimson Tide. The pair have one daughter, Lily.
We offer Overnight and Day (9:00am-4:00pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 8-18, with All Skills, Tournament Training, High School and 10&Under Tennis programs offered all weeks.
2018 Camp Dates
- June 3-7
- June 10-14
- June 17-21
- July 15-19
What Makes the FSU Camp Special?
Returning for their 16th year, the Seminole High Performance Tennis Camps are directed by Head Men’s Coach Dwayne Hultquist and Associate Head Coach Ryler DeHeart and take place on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Hultquist and DeHeart have geared these camps with the personal needs of each camper in mind. Small groups, collegiate style drilling, and individualized instruction are the cornerstone trademarks of the camp combined with competitive match play and mental toughness training make this a top tennis camp in the country. The FSU camp offers on-court video analysis for each camper, delivering instant feedback to help campers achieve technical development while at camp. The FSU coaches work diligently to satisfy the needs of all campers on and off the court, with exciting nightly activities and delicious catered food. Each camp will have a limited enrollment to ensure that Coach Hultquist and DeHeart will have the opportunity to work with each student during their stay at camp.
- Intense collegiate style drilling
- Focused individual instruction
- Competitive match play
- Nation’s Best Camp Team Competition
- Personalized Goal Setting
- Advanced Strategy Classroom Sessions
- Sports Psychology
- 6 to 1 staff to camper ratio
- 6 hours per day of tennis instruction
Program Offerings - Four Levels of 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.
Tournament Training (Elite Tournament)
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. Players will focus on tournament preparation while utilizing the FSU system during the camp.
High School (Gold Level)
The High School Program is provided for players currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team. Players will work on advancing their game by utilizing the drills and strategies used by the FSU Team.
All Skills (Garnet Level)
The All Skills program is geared toward the beginner/intermediate player of all ages. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. Players in this group will focus on learning match strategies, fine-tuning their techniques and having fun, while being immersed in the FSU philosophies.
10&Under Tennis (Future Stars)
This level is geared toward the younger beginner players ages 8-10 looking to learn the proper fundamentals including grips, swing, footwork while being immersed in a fun team environment.
- All Campers: Sunday from 3:00-4:00pm at the dorms. Parent meeting from 4:00-4:30pm.
- Day Campers will depart at 7:00pm after the tennis evaluation.
- Check-in location will depend on what week you are attending.
- Graduation: For all campers at 2:00pm on Thursday
- Check-out: After graduation from 2:30-3:30pm at the dorms for overnight campers
Day Camp Schedule
- Sunday: Campers arrive from 3:00-4:00pm for a tennis evaluation and depart at 7:00pm.
- Monday-Wednesday: Campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 4:00pm.
- Thursday: Campers arrive at 9:00am and depart at 2:30pm.
We are proud to offer our campers healthy, catered meals. All meals are provided for Overnight Campers. Lunch is included for all day campers Monday-Thursday. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day.
Campers will play on 12 outdoor courts at FSU's beautiful Speicher Tennis Center and the 6 courts at FSU's Indoor Tennis Center.
2018: Campers will stay in Ragans Hall (June 10-14 & June 17-21 camp sessions) and in Wildwood Hall-Building 2 (June 3-7 & July 15-19 camp sessions), Florida State University’s premier honors dorm, just steps away from the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
- Apartment style dorms include 2 or 4 bedroom/1 baths, living room, and kitchen. Located only 2 minutes from FSU Tennis Courts.
- Apartments include refrigerators.
- Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Davis Cup Team Cup Experience
All Groups will participate in our Davis Cup Team Cup Experience which is one of the highlights of the camp. Players will be placed on teams and will compete against other teams while playing opposing players of the same level. The Davis Cup Team Competition emulates the college team format in which we play here at Florida State. Players learn the importance of teamwork, leadership, and competition while having fun and playing on a team.
- Adventure Night at the FSU Reservation which includes: Barbecue dinner, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, disc golf, ping pong, and much more!
- Disco Bowling Night
- Fun Station Night which includes: pizza party, go-carts, mini-golf, laser tag, arcade games, batting cages!
- Karaoke Night and Movie Night
Weekend stayovers are available between weeks 1&2 and 2&3 for $400 (3 nights). All meals, housing, supervision, and activities are included. 2018 Activities: TBA.
Tallahassee International Airport
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 Tallahassee International 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.
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: TNXRFB
This camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade and or gender).
Sample Daily Schedule
- Day 1 Wake-up
- 3:00pm-4:00pm Check-in at the Dorms (Resident Campers Only)
- 4:00pm-4:30pm Parent Meeting
- 5:15pm-7:00pm Check-in at the Courts (Day Campers Only)
- 7:30pm-9:30pm Team Dinner and Activity
- 9:30pm All Players in Rooms
- Day 2, 3 and 4
- 7:00am Wake Up Call/Breakfast
- 8:30am-11:30am Tennis Session #2
- 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch and Seminars
- 1:00pm-4:00pm Match Play, Games, Sports Psychology
- 4:30pm-5:30pm Rest and Free Time
- 5:30pm-9:00pm Dinner and Nightly Activities
- Day 5
- 7:00am Wake Up Call/Breakfast
- 8:30am-11:00pm Davis Cup Team Competition
- 11:00am-12:30pm Lunch
- 12:30pm-2:00pm Davis Cup Team Competition
- 2:00pm Awards Ceremony
- 2:30pm-3:30pm Check-out at Dorms