University of Alabama Nike Tennis Camp
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This Alabama tennis camp offers overnight and day camps for boys and girls of all skill levels. Directed by top collegiate coaches, this junior tennis camp in Tuscaloosa delivers expert instruction and lots of fun!
Campers receive technical tennis instruction and drilling from an expert coaching staff and partake in supervised match play and a variety of evening social activities.
- Instruction from UA head coaches, George Husack and Jenny Mainz, and their expert staff
- Fun off-court activities for overnight campers, including a pizza party, games and other social events
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training; 6:1 student to teacher ratio
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Camp Director George Husack
George Husack will be entering his fourth season at the Capstone as he was named head coach on June 13, 2012. Husack joins the Crimson Tide after having spent the last three seasons as associate head coach for the four-time defending national champion University of Southern California Trojans.View George Husack's Bio ⟩
George Husack had a vision to instill a winning mentality in Tuscaloosa and bring Alabama to national prominence. After only months at the reigns, Husack had the Tide back in the NCAA Championship tournament.
"My vision for this program is to be a championship contender, not only on the conference stage but also on a national stage," says Husack. "I want to create a culture, a standard. I'm going to be instilling my own thing. I'm used to competing on the last day of the season. I want these guys to experience competing and winning on the last day of the season."
After only one season, it was evident Husack's vision was coming to life. In addition to making the NCAAs as a team for the first time in three years, Husack's development of individual players shined through. Jarryd Botha, the Tide's No. 1 player, nearly tripled his win total from the previous year, earned a national ranking and a spot in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. He, and partner David Vieyra, were awarded All-America honors in doubles, the first for any Tide doubles teams in two decades.
Despite losing three starters, and gaining only one freshman, the team collected four more wins in Husack's first year than it did in 2012, which includes a 4-3 victory in the SEC Championship tournament against sixth-ranked Ole Miss in Oxford. Botha and Becker O'Shaughnessey earned All-SEC honors, while Daniil Proskura was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award for the Southern region.
Husack, the 2012 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, joined the Tide after having spent the three seasons as associate head coach for the four-time defending national champion University of Southern California. In his role with the Trojans, he was responsible for coaching, player development and recruiting. As a team, USC compiled an 85-6 overall record throughout his tenure and had four individuals earn a combined 10 All-America honors under his watch. Husack also helped train and motivate one of the most decorated players in collegiate tennis, Steve Johnson, who won back-to-back NCAA Singles Championships and amassed 72 consecutive singles victories.
Prior to his appointment at USC, Husack spent two seasons as associate head coach at Illinois after having been the head coach at Santa Clara for five years.
While at Illinois, Husack helped the Illini to two straight trips to the NCAA Round of 16 while coaching student-athletes that attained top-10 rankings nationally in both singles and doubles. As with USC, his primary responsibilities included player development and recruiting.
Husack assumed the reins of head coach at Santa Clara in 2002 after having served as an assistant since 1995. Throughout his tenure as head coach, he built a program that reached many milestones including the highest national singles and doubles rankings in school history, a program record for most team wins in a single season as the Broncos went 20-8 in 2007, 19 All-West Coast Conference singles and doubles selections and 14 All-WCC All-Academic and ITA Scholar-Athlete honorees.
Husack, also an accomplished player, spent two seasons competing professionally on the International Tennis Federation and United States Tennis Association tours.
In addition to his professional experiences in tennis, Husack spent time in the business sector serving as a plan specialist for Franklin Mutual Fund, an operations analyst for Wells Fargo and Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships in athletics at Santa Clara.
A native of San Mateo, Calif., Husack earned his bachelor's degree in finance from San Diego State in 1991, while later attaining an MBA in marketing from the University of San Francisco in 1995. As a member of the San Diego State men's tennis team, he served as team captain as a senior and helped the Aztecs attain the program's first top-25 national ranking.
Husack and his wife Kristina have three children: Nina (8) and twins Grant and Greta (6).
Co-Director Robbie Weiss
Alabama men's tennis head coach George Husack announced back in August of 2016, the hiring of Robbie Weiss as the program's new assistant coach. Weiss replaces Ryler DeHeart, who recently accepted the associate head coach position at Florida State.View Robbie Weiss's Bio ⟩
"I am extremely grateful and excited about the addition of Robbie Weiss to our coaching staff," said Husack. "I have known about his playing career for years, but it became very clear when we first met that Robbie had incredible energy, enthusiasm and a strong desire to coach. He was a tenacious competitor with proven success and he wants to share this knowledge and experience with student-athletes. It's not often that you can coach alongside someone that has won a junior Grand Slam, an NCAA singles national championship, an ATP tour level event and defeated a world No. 1, let alone four of them. Robbie will make an immediate impact to our program in several different areas that we will all benefit from."
Weiss has a tremendous amount of quality playing experience to offer, as he had a successful eight year (1988-95) professional career achieving singles ranks as high as No. 85 in the world. He claimed one title in his professional career winning the 1990 ATP World Tour 250 Series event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, defeating Jamie Yzaga in the finals. Weiss won three ATP Challenger singles events in Granby, Palm Springs, and Itu. He finished runner-up in four ATP Challenger singles events in Seattle, Aptos, Martinique and Cincinnati. The talented pro made it to the semifinals of the ATP World Tour 250 Series event in Oahu, Hawaii, and he reached the quarter-finals of the ATP World Tour 250 events in Jakarta, Rosmalen, Newport, Durban and Brisbane. Throughout his career Weiss defeated four players that were ranked No. 1 in the world at the time; Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl and Patrick Rafter.
"I am super excited to get back into coaching college tennis," said Weiss. "It has been eight years since I have coached, and Alabama was my top choice of all the schools in the country. My wife graduated from Alabama, so we are huge Alabama fans. I don't think I have missed an Alabama football game in 10 years, and our whole house is decked out in Crimson Tide stuff. Alabama is truly a passion and love for my wife and I. It's a dream to be hired by George, and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the program and The University of Alabama. Many people didn't give me a chance, so I am just really thankful for George believing in me. I am really excited to help elevate the program in any way that I can, and I am ready to start working with some of the new student-athletes coming in. It's my goal to help get the program into the top 10 in the country, and I will do everything in my power to help them."
He played all four years at Pepperdine (1985-88), where he was a college standout. On May 21, 2008, Weiss was inducted into the ITA Men's Tennis Hall of Fame, and later that same year he was elected into the Pepperdine University Hall of Fame. Weiss's senior year he won the NCAA singles championship. He earned All-America honors in 1986 and 1988, and he was named the ITA National Player of the Year for his outstanding performance in the 1988 season. The Hall of Famer compiled an astounding 55-2 singles mark his senior year, while maintaining a No. 1 ranking in singles play all season long.
Weiss was a member of the USTA Junior Davis Cup Team from 1984-86, and he won 13 national junior championships and finished runner-up in 12 national junior events. In 1984 he captured the 1984 Wimbledon Juniors doubles title with partner Ricky Brown.
Weiss has coached at three different universities, and he served as an assistant at two of them and head coach at the other. He was the men's tennis assistant coach at Pepperdine University for the 1997 season, before he went on to be the men's tennis assistant coach at Georgia Tech for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. From 2002-04 Weiss functioned as the Director of Tennis at Olde Towne Athletic Club in Marietta, Ga., and from 2004-06 he acted as the Director of Tennis at Laurel Springs Tennis Club in Suwanee, Ga. After six years, Weiss returned to the collegiate level as the women's tennis head coach at Cornell University from 2007-08.
Robbie is married to Linda Lombard Weiss. He has two stepdaughters in Jennifer Regan, 21, and Hannah Regan, 18.
"Robbie's wife Linda is an Alabama graduate so the passion and love for the Crimson Tide is already there," said Husack. "We all know what a special place The University of Alabama is, and our athletic department is second to none. We welcome Robbie, Linda and their family to the Capstone."
What Others Are Saying About Robbie Weiss:
"When Robbie was down at Pepperdine he did such a great job for them. I have such a tremendous amount of respect for him on the court for the way he competed and his relationships with his coach and teammates. I just can't say enough about him and how that is such a great hire by Alabama. It will be a parents dream to have their kid work under his guidance. Alabama could not have done better with the hire." – Dick Gould (Former Stanford Coach of 34 Years)
"Robbie was one of the best college tennis players of all time, as you can tell from his record. His senior year he played the No. 1 position for us, and he only lost two matches all year and that was with the no add system which is very tough. He won the NCAA singles championship his senior year. Robbie was very easy to coach because he is one of the nicest and gentle human beings that I have ever met. I think that he will be really good at coaching because he is really smart and highly intelligent. Robbie is very knowledgeable about the game, and he is a very likable person. He has all the traits he needs, so he will be an excellent coach. Robbie will do a great job, and Alabama is lucky to have someone of his quality." – Allen Fox (Weiss' Coach at Pepperdine)
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Camp Director Jenny Mainz
Mainz is entering her 21st season as head coach for The University of Alabama's women's tennis team.View Jenny Mainz's Bio ⟩
In 21 seasons leading the Crimson Tide women's tennis team, Mainz has taken the program to heights never before seen in the program's long and rich history. Mainz, the only coach in Alabama history to take the Tide to six consecutive NCAA Championships and 11 overall, has coached 11 teams that have finished in the top 40 in addition to 18 singles players and 13 doubles teams ranked in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association polls. Her teams have consistently qualified for the NCAAs, earning the right to take part in postseason play a total of 11 times during her tenure at the Capstone.
Over her last four seasons, Mainz has coached the Crimson Tide to some truly great heights. In 2012, her doubles pairing of Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Daines reached the final four in doubles. Guarachi also reached the final four in singles in that same season. The success of her individual athletes continued this past season, with Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe earning the Crimson Tide's first-ever national championship in doubles action. The pairing of Jansen and Routliffe claimed their national title and finished ranked as the top-seeded doubles team in the nation according to the ITA's final rankings for the 2014 spring season.
The Crimson Tide have been consistently ranked in the ITA's top-10 rankings each of the past three seasons and continue to play elite-level tennis in the Southeastern Conference. In 2011, UA finished fourth in the conference and claimed the SEC Western Division title for the regular season. The Tide once again claimed the Western Division title in 2012, this time finishing second overall. For the 2013 season, Alabama was ranked fourth in the conference, but the Crimson Tide continued to build upon its success as the team entered 2014.
Her 2014 squad made history, wrapping up the season as the sixth-ranked squad in the ITA rankings, which is the highest final ranking for the program. Alabama was ranked in the top-10 throughout the year, reaching a No. 2 ranking on May 1, the highest rank in the history of the program. The 2014 Crimson Tide women finished with just one loss in conference play and posted seven 4-0 sweeps throughout the season. But the most noteworthy accomplishment Mainz pulled off last season was capturing the program's first ever Southeastern Conference Championship. With a 4-3, come-from-behind victory at eighth-ranked Georgia, Alabama clinched at least a part of the 2014 SEC title; that wasn't enough for the Tide women. Alabama followed that up with a 4-0 sweep of Tennessee to claim the conference title outright on the final day of the season.
For a program that was 0-21 her first season to a conference champion, Mainz has surely transformed the women's tennis program into a perennial power and one of the University's most consistent teams.
As proud as she is of her team's on-court success, Mainz is equally as proud of their academic success. The Alabama women have impressed in the classroom each year under her tutelage. Most recently, the team earned the highest grade point average by an Alabama women's team following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. In the past four seasons, the Tide women have laid claim to 21 ITA Scholar Athlete Awards, with five apiece coming in the first three campaigns and a program-best six following last season. The Crimson Tide's efforts in the classroom are unmatched as the women continue to lay claim to the conference's and NCAA's most prestigious academic awards following each season.
In the last four years, at least one member of the UA women's tennis team has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America team while the Tide has also claimed four consecutive SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards for women's tennis. Also, during those three seasons, a member of the women's team has claimed the NCAA Elite 89 Award, an honor that is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
"Academic success is imperative. I have always stressed the importance of academics and I always tell my players that no one can ever take your education away from you. I hope to help produce student-athletes who are well equipped to make an impact beyond tennis," says Mainz.
Being named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team started following the 2010-11 season, when Courtney McLane claimed the honor for the Tide. McLane received the award a second consecutive year following the 2011-12 season, as well. Following McLane's graduation, Antonia Foehse picked up where McLane left off, winning the award following the 2012-13 season. This past season, Mary Anne Daines followed her ex-teammates in earning the honor once again for Alabama women's tennis.
McLane was also honored by the conference for her academic success, earning the Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 2011 and 2012. The same progression the Crimson Tide saw with the CoSIDA/Capital One All-American awards continued on in the conference as well, with Foehse claiming Scholar Athlete honors in 2013 and Daines earning the award in 2014.
Alabama's on-court success has helped them to achieve a prestigious honor in claiming three consecutive Elite 89 Awards. Daines claimed the Crimson Tide's first ever Elite 89 Award in 2012. The women didn't stop there though, with Zabor claiming it in each of the last two seasons and looking to keep the trend alive this season.
In order to help produce such well-rounded young women, Mainz preaches three core values to her players: having a blue-collar work ethic, striving for constant improvement and working together as a team.
"She believes in her players and takes the time to build a relationship with them," senior captain Emily Zabor said of Mainz. "She really cares about us as people and doesn't just look to us to do her dirty work and win championships. She wants us to succeed in the classroom, succeed on the court and enjoy ourselves while we're here. Her ability to create a relationship with us, and not just want us to be talented and win, gives us so much."
The Crimson Tide athletes under Mainz have seen a lot of success during their active time as an athlete with the team, but the women don't stop their studies once their playing days are over. Alabama women have earned three consecutive NCAA postgraduate scholarships to continue studies as the former athletes transition from student-athlete to just student. In 2012 Taylor Lindsey earned the honor for the Crimson Tide. She was followed up by Foehse in 2013 and Daines in 2014.
Although much of the successes of any athletic team are seen on the court, Mainz has produced well-rounded athletes that work just as hard away from the sport. Her women continue to exemplify exactly what it means to be a student-athlete at The University of Alabama.
In order to build the best possible person, not just athletes, Mainz has placed a focus on community service and giving back to the Tuscaloosa area. Her athletes are not just stars on the court and in the classroom, but they are also champions of the University and make an impact on their community.
Every year, the women's tennis team makes it a point to take advantage of every opportunity they have to help out those in need in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas. In the past two years, the team has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house for a person in need. The team also takes part annually in the athletic department's Halloween Extravaganza for local youth, as well as the Project AngelTree event, in which student-athletes help in making sure that children of incarcerated parents are provided presents each December holiday season.
For all their hard work on the court and in the community, Mainz and her team received a proclamation from Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox, making September 16, 2014 "University of Alabama Women's Tennis Day". The proclamation was given to the team in recognition of all that they have done in the past year, and to make sure that the community takes note of the accomplishments of the Alabama tennis program.
Mainz is actively involved in collegiate tennis on the national front, serving on the ITA's Operating Committee from 2010-14. She also served as the chairperson for the ITA's South Region for three years and assumed the same role for the newly formed Southern Region in 2010, a position which she still maintains going into this season. Possibly her most prestigious work on the national front came in 2014, when the Alabama coach was a member of the ITA Board of Directors and served as the co-chair of the Division I Women's Committee for the ITA.
Mainz, once ranked in the top 10 nationally in doubles, was a three-year team captain for the University of Houston Cougars and a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection, garnering numerous accolades for her dedication to the game of tennis on the court. Off the court, however, is where she truly shined, earning CoSIDA GTE Academic All-America status and dean's list honors while also being a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. Mainz graduated with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Houston in 1991.
We offer Overnight and Day (8:30am-4:30pm) camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18, of all ability levels. Camps are directed by UA head and assistant tennis coaches.
2018 Camp Dates & Directors
- June 3-7 (George Husack/Robbie Weiss)
- June 10-14 (Jenny Mainz)
Camp Program Offerings
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.
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.
The Nike Tennis Camp at The University of Alabama is open to any and all entrants, limited only by age, grade level, number of campers, and/or gender. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
Directors By Week
The first week will be directed by University of Alabama Head Men's Coach, George Husack, and Co-Directed by his Assistant Coach, Robbie Weiss The second session of camp will be directed by University of Alabama Head Women's Coach, Jenny Mainz.
- All Campers: 3:00-4:00pm Sunday at the UA Varsity Stadium.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 6:30pm after check-in, a tennis evaluation (from 4:00-6:00pm) and a pizza party.
- Graduation: 2:15pm on Thursday at the UA Varsity Stadium. Parents are invited to attend!
- Check-out: Immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Day Camper Schedule
- Sunday: Day campers will arrive between 3:00-4:00pm, and depart at 6:30pm.
- Monday-Wednesday: Day Campers arrive at 8:30am and depart at 4:30pm.
- Thursday: Check-out begins at 2:15pm after graduation.
- A more complete schedule will be given to you upon check-in.
All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch is included for Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day.
Off-court and evening activities may include a pizza party, games on the "Quad", movie night, camp games night, swimming, and other social events. Campers also have access to varsity track, swimming pools, and numerous recreational facilities.
Campers will have access to 30 courts - 12 varsity lighted courts, 12 courts at the Recreation Center across the street, and 6 regulation NCAA hard courts at The Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. In the event of rain, campers will play in the indoor facility. Campers will also be able to use the varsity track, swimming pools and numerous recreational facilities.
2018: Overnight campers will stay in air-conditioned Burke Hall dorms with staff supervision. Campers stay 2 per room (some triples and quads available) and are assigned rooms based on requests and then by age and gender. There is air conditioning in the dorms!
There are no weekend stayovers offered at this location.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth 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 the Birmingham Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp through Birmingham Door to Door Shuttle. Their phone # is 205-591-5550 and their website is www.birminghamdoortodoor.com.
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: TNXRUA
*The Nike Tennis Camp at University of Alabama is solely operated by US Sports Camps, which is not affiliated with The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama or The University of Alabama.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up and breakfast
- 8:30am Stretching / Warm-ups
- 8:45am Coaches presentation
- 9:00am Drill groups with focus on stroke mechanics and match tactics
- 11:45am Lunch
- 1:15pm Warm-up / Coaches' Presentation
- 1:30pm Point play, matches and games
- 2:30pm Off-court speakers (nutrition, mental toughness, fitness)
- 4:30pm Afternoon session ends, campers go to dorm
- 5:15pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Evening Activity
- 10:00pm Campers to rooms
- 10:30pm Lights Out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
will attend every year
6/30/2017 - Cole looks forward to this camp every year. He loves the environment, instructors and his 5 days of independence. He will attend every year until he ages out.
— Alan S - Parent
great interaction with staff
6/30/2017 - My daughter loved the interaction with new coaches and new kids when they transitioned into court play and then team play.
— Kristin T. - Parent
dream come true
6/30/2017 - My son's dream has been to play on the UA courts, especially indoor. He was literally in heaven and had the best time. He loved meeting friends that have the same passion for the game that he does. He also loved playing all day long everyday!!! He definitely plans to come back next summer.
— Leslie H. - Parent
7/8/2015 - This was the first year that my daughter has attended a Nike camp and she thoroughly enjoyed the tennis and activity provided by the wonderful staff. They were very professional!
— Jennifer P. - Parent
would love to come back
11/21/2015 - My daughter really enjoyed camp and she would love to come back next year.
— Angel T. - Parent
well planned and stuctured
6/28/2015 - I feel like the camp was well planned and structured yet fun for them. We have recommended this camp to a lot of tennis friends!
— Stephanie W. - Parent
camp was perfect
6/26/2015 - Everything about the camp was perfect. I had so much fun and I think it really helped improve my game. Even though I am a senior this year, I would love to come back next year with the younger girls on our team so they can have the opportunity to enjoy this experience.
— Mallory M. - Camper
would love to have multiple weeks
6/26/2015 - Would love to have multiple weeks spaced out in the summer. Would like camp to last an entire week - Sunday to Friday or Saturday. Also, would like day campers to be able to spend time with overnight campers at Burke in the evenings or during downtime. Would be more fun for the kids - especially teenagers.
— Christopher B. - Parent
camp should run saturday to sunday
6/25/2015 - I believe the camp should run Sunday to Saturday. It is very hard to take a day off work and drive to Tuscaloosa when it could be done on a Saturday or Sunday early morning. That was the only issue I had. The camp ending on a Thursday in the middle of the day was a little ridiculous. My son loved the camp and had a blast.
— William H. - Parent