Nike Tennis Camp at University of Alabama
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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 Jonatan Berhane, 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 seventh 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 ⟩
When he assumed the role of head coach for the Crimson Tide men's tennis team in 2012, 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.
Most recently, Husack brought the Tide back to the NCAA Tournament in 2018. The Tide was not satisfied with only a berth in the tournament as UA went on a historic run to the Round of 16. After upsetting No. 23 (No. 2 seed) Tulane 4-1 in the first round of the Tallahassee Regional, Alabama moved on to only its fourth Sweet 16 appearance in program history after defeating No. 11 and host Florida State, 4-2. The Tide finished the season with 20 wins, marking only the 10th team in UA history to do so.
The Tide’s historic season did not end after team championships, as junior All-American Mazen Osama became the first Alabama player to make it to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championships and then topped it by advancing to the quarterfinals. Every year under Husack, Alabama has earned a berth in the NCAA Doubles Championships, in 2018 Osama and partner Edson Ortiz made it as one of the 32 pairings.
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 (10) and twins Grant and Greta (8).
Co-Director Dimitar Kutrovsky
Dimitar Kutrovsky finished first season in 2019-20 as an assistant coach with the Alabama men's tennis program after being officially hired on June 25, 2019.View Dimitar's Bio ⟩
In his first year, Kutrovsky helped the Tide to its 11-5 overall record and No. 26 national ranking before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team reached a season-high No. 17 ranking on March 3.
Kutrovsky spent his previous four years with the University of Texas San Antonio and shined as a recruiting dynamo for coach Rodrigo da Silva, as he helped boost the UTSA roster with a strong ability to scout and sign international talent.
In addition to his time at UTSA, Kutrovsky has coaching experience with the junior program at the South Austin Tennis Center and the Austin Polo & Fitness Tennis Club.
As a player at the University of Texas, he was one of the most decorated players in Longhorns history, as Kutrovsky finished his career as Texas' all-time winningest player with 230 combined victories in singles and doubles. A four-time All-Big 12 performer and two-time doubles champion, he helped UT reach the NCAA Championship match in 2008 and the semifinals in the following season to go along with a pair of appearances in the Round of 16.
As a senior in 2010, he was named Big 12 Player of the Year and earned All-America accolades in both singles and doubles while helping Texas to a 27-3 record, conference regular season and tournament titles and the NCAA Round of 16. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship singles bracket and was ranked as high as No. 7 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. He finished his career as a three-time Singles All-American and one-time Doubles All-American.
After college, the Sofia, Bulgaria, native played professionally, reaching a career ranking as high as No. 293 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He captured a pair of singles titles at the Futures level, posted eight wins in the Davis Cup and reached the semifinals twice at ATP events.
Before playing collegiately and professionally, Kutrovsky achieved the No. 1 ranking for 16U and 18U in Bulgaria and was ranked as high as 69th by the International Tennis Federation as a junior. He competed in the Davis Cup for Bulgaria in singles and doubles, while also playing in the Junior French Open Championships.
Kutrovsky earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Texas in 2010.
Co-Director Jonatan Berhane
Berhane joined the Crimson Tide after spending the last four years as a head coach for the Western Kentucky women’s tennis team.View Jonatan's Bio ⟩
“I am very excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work for The University of Alabama, which has the best athletic department in the nation,” Berhane said. "I want to thank Jenny Mainz, Kevin Almond and Greg Byrne for giving me the opportunity to coach at Alabama, which I think is the biggest and best athletic brand name in the nation. I am very excited to work alongside Mainz, to help our student-athletes be successful and to have a women's tennis program that is one of the best in the nation".
During his tenure at WKU, Berhane was named the 2017 Conference USA Head Coach of the Year. He led the Lady Toppers to three-straight seasons over .500 and reached the semifinal round of the conference tournament by taking down a top-40 team in 2017. In the classroom, the Lady Toppers earned a perfect APR score for four consecutive years.
Before leading WKU, Berhane spent one season as an assistant coach for Youngstown State’s men’s and women’s tennis programs, and two years prior, he served as a graduate assistant coach at East Tennessee State.
At Youngstown State, the women’s team became the first Horizon League squad other than UIC to win the conference title since 1996. At the 2014 conference championships, the Penguins took down Wright State, second-seeded Milwaukee and top-seeded Cleveland State to claim the title. YSU went on to compete in the Charlottesville Regional against No. 3 seed Virginia to cap the historic season.
During his two years at ETSU, the Pirates won the regular-season championship in 2013, defeating two ranked opponents, and many of the student-athletes Berhane helped recruit powered ETSU to the 2014 conference tournament title.
Berhane’s other coaching experiences included instruction at New York Shelter Island Camp and at the Monaco Athletic in Denver, Colo.
Berhane graduated from Lewis-Clark State College where he ranked as a Top 15 NAIA singles players in the nation, while also ranking in the top 10 in doubles. Before transferring to LCSC, Berhane attended Virginia Intermont College, leading his team to a top five NAIA ranking.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Berhane achieved a No. 10 Swedish ranking and was a finalist for the Swedish Championship doubles. He earned his MBA in sports management at ETSU in 2013. Furthermore, Berhane speaks three languages – Swedish, English and Tigrinya – and he also understands Norwegian.
2023 CAMP DATES:
- Session I: June 11-15 (George Husack/Dimitar Kutrovsky)
- Session II: June 18-22 (Jonatan Berhane)
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.
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.
- 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.
DIRECTORS BY WEEK
The first week will be directed by the University of Alabama Head Men's Coach George Husack and the Men's Assistant Coach Dimitar Kutrovsky. The second week of camp will be directed by the University of Alabama Head Women's Coach Jonatan Berhane.
- Overnight Camper Check-In: All Overnight campers will check in at Martha Parham East Hall between 3:00pm-4:00pm. After campers check-in, they will then head to the UA Tennis Stadium.
- Day Camper Check-In: Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm at the UA Tennis Stadium. Day Campers depart that afternoon at 6:30pm after check-in, a tennis evaluation, and a pizza party.
- Check-out: Graduation is at 2:15pm on Thursday at the UA Tennis Stadium, parents are invited to attend! Check-out immediately follows the graduation ceremony.
- Day Camper Schedule: Sunday 3:00pm-6:30pm, Monday-Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm, Thursday 8:30am-2:15pm
A more complete schedule will be given to you upon check-in.
- Overnight Campers: All meals are included for overnight campers
- Day Campers: Lunch is included for Day Campers.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Daily tennis training, morning and afternoon sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided
- Day campers: Lunch is provided (Monday-Thursday)
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Tennis Camps t-shirt and prize
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 6-8:1 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 have access to 18 courts - 12 outdoor lighted courts at the UA Tennis Stadium and 6 indoor courts at The Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. Campers will also have access to the UA Rec pool on a designated day of the week.
- Inclement Weather Plan: In the event of rain, campers will play in the indoor facility.
- Medical Protocol: Camps have a certified athletic trainer on-site and in the residential hall. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
- Dorm: Martha Patham East Hall
- Dorm Address: Martha Parham East Hall, 921 6th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401
- Number of Campers per Room: 2, some triples and quads are available, but not guaranteed
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Bed linens are NOT provided. Please bring size Twin sheets or a sleeping bag, blanket, towel, facecloth, and pillow
- Air Conditioning: The dorms do have A/C. Campers are still encouraged to bring a fan
- Evening Activities:
- Sunday: Pizza Night for all campers + Supermarket Snack Run (Overnight campers only). Overnight Campers may bring money for snacks and Supermarket run.
- Monday: Bowling & Video Arcade Night for All Campers. Includes 1.5 hours of bowling, $10 video arcade card & shoe rental
- Tuesday: Movie Night for All Campers. Transportation to the movie theater on the camp bus and supervision provided by camp staff.
- Wednesday: Swimming Pool for All Campers. Campers need to bring their own towel for the UA Rec Pool. Full lifeguard staff provided by UA Rec.
- Activities Fee: Activity Fee (Includes Bowling/Video Arcade, Movie, Swimming, and Alabama Tennis gift): $35 Activity Fee paid for separately at camp check-in. This is offered to both day and overnight campers! If you are sending your camper with a check, please make the check payable to the University of Alabama.
- Weekend Stayovers: There are no weekend stayovers offered at this location.
Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from the 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 Groome Transportation, www.groometransportation.com.
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)
Activity Fee: $35, please send your camper with the activity fee payment in either the form of a check or cash. This will be collected on the first day.
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
Athletic clothing mentioned above (1-2 pairs/day)
Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts 1 paid/day)
Swimsuit and towel (subject to change)
Shower flip flops
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
Personal items & medications
Washcloth and bath towel
Bed sheets (if linens are not provided)
Comforter/blanket (if linens are not provided)
Pillow/pillow case (if linens are not provided)
Activity Fee: $35, please send your camper with the activity fee payment in either the form of a check or cash. This will be collected on the first day.
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.
*The Nike Tennis Camp at the 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.
Camp Code: TNXRUA
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
The co-ed environment was awesome!
Facilities and the coaches are the best!
June 14th, 2019: Well organized, nice dorms and cafeteria. The Tennis facilities and the coaches are the best! The coaches are able to teach individuals and help the campers improve. This was our son's second year and he wants to go back next year.
— Alise S. - Parent
Great atmosphere of coaching and evening events
June 15, 2019: Our son enjoyed the campus. But even more, he enjoys the company of his camp friends. The great atmosphere of the coaching and evening events is really outstanding.
— Piotr L. - Parent
Met so many great people and learned a ton
Jun 17, 2019: Our daughter had a great time at camp. She met so many great people and learned a lot from the instructors. She feels the camp helped her improve a great deal. Looks forward to attending again.
— Misti L. - Parent
Wonderful & encouraging experience
August 8, 2018: Our daughter had a wonderful encouraging week at campers and loved the coaches! They did an amazing job teaching, encouraging and then the personal note from her group coach at the end was the icing on the cake! She thoroughly enjoys the Alabama Nike Tennis Camp and can’t wait to return next year!
— Kristin T. - Parent
Loved every minute
October 8, 2018: She loved every minute. She felt like she improved significantly. She was able to hit much harder and place the ball. She is looking forward to next year.
— Renee S. - Parent
Enjoyed the overall environment
August 9, 2018: My son enjoyed the overall environment. The staff was great and he made a lot of friends. The tennis instruction was strong and encouraging.
— Liz B. - 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
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
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
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