University of West Florida Nike Tennis Camp
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The University of West Florida Nike Tennis Camp gives boys and girls the opportunity to hit tons of balls, work on technique, and participate in competitive match play. This top junior tennis camp in Florida delivers serious instruction and lots of fun!
Our Nike Tennis Camp in Pensacola, FL combines technical tennis instruction and drilling from a superb coaching staff, supervised matches among campers, and plenty of fun off-court social activities.
- Instruction from West Florida Tennis Coach Derrick Racine and his experienced staff
- 5-6 hours daily tennis training; low camper to staff ratio
- Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
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Camp Director Derrick Racine
Derrick Racine is in his 21st season as head coach of the West Florida men's and women's tennis teams. Since taking over from legendary head coach Ralph "Skeeter" Carson, Racine has continued the tradition and excellence. The UWF Men's Team were crowned the 2014 NCAA DII National Champions under Racine's coaching.View Derrick Racine's Bio ⟩
Racine, the 2003 and 2005 Division II Wilson/ITA Men's Tennis National Coach of the Year and the 2002 Division II Wilson/ITA Women's Tennis National Coach of the Year, immediately immersed himself and his team into the UWF and Pensacola tennis communities. Today, both the men's and women's teams enjoy widespread support.
Along with two national championships, Racine's men's teams have posted a 277-70 (.798) overall record, including a 103-37 (.736) mark over the last five seasons. Under Racine’s command, the men's team has won five Gulf South Conference titles. The women's overall record under Racine is 261-90 (.744) in 12 seasons and have captured seven GSC titles. The UWF women recorded a 98-40 (.744) mark over the past five seasons. They have finished in the top 10 in each season under Racine.
In 2008 Racine led the men's team to the national semifinals for the sixth consecutive season. West Florida men’s squad was ranked third for most of the season. The women's team overcame a 1-6 start to post a 17-11 overall record and reach not only the GSC Championships final, but also the quarterfinals of nationals.
Racine led the men's team to their first national championship in 2004. The Argonauts won a school record 33 matches en route to earning West Florida's third national championship with a 5-2 win over conference-rival Valdosta State. The Argonauts followed with a 30-2 record in 2005 and their second straight national championship after a 5-0 win over North Florida. West Florida became the seventh men's tennis team in Division II history to win consecutive national titles.
Since arriving in Pensacola in 1999, Racine has been named the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year 11 times (five awards for the men's squad and six for the women's squad). He is a nine-time Wilson/ITA South Region Coach of the Year (five men's awards and four women's awards).
Racine has produced 15 women and 17 men's NCAA Division II All-America players. Under Racine’s tutelage, Radovan Chrz was the 2000 and 2001 ITA/NCAA Division II National Singles Champion. In 2006 Tammy Kevey and Mandy Septoe won the NCAA Division II doubles title at the ITA/National Small College Championships.
Thirteen student-athletes (six men, seven women) have been named the GSC East Division Player of the Year, while 10 tennis players (three women, seven men) have earned GSC East Division Freshman of the Year honors. UWF women's tennis players have been honored with 47 All-GSC honors since Racine's first season in 1999. During Racine's tenure, UWF men's tennis players have received 41 All-GSC honors.
Racine began his head coaching career at Mobile in 1995. At Mobile, Racine posted an impressive 76-9 record with his men's squad and an equally impressive 77-6 record with the women. In 1996, his men's and women's teams were NAIA National Runners-up. In 1997, his men won the NAIA National Title and his women finished as National Runner-up. In 1998, his men's team once again challenged for the title and finished National runner-up. His women's squad finished the season ranked third. In 1997, Racine was named NAIA Coach of the Year. He coached 24 NAIA All-Americans, four NAIA National Award winners, and nine NAIA Academic All-Americans.
From 1993 to 1995, Racine served as an assistant coach at his alma mater Valdosta State. Racine's collegiate tennis background stems back to the 1980s when he played at perennial junior college powerhouse Abraham Baldwin College in Georgia and GSC rival Valdosta State. He was nationally ranked and achieved All-American status in both singles and doubles.
Outside the calendar year, Racine has been running two summer camps at the University of West Florida main campus. For the past three years, Racine has coordinated Nike Summer Tennis Camps hosted by UWF.
Outside the court, Racine earned a bachelor's degree from Valdosta State in finance in 1988 and later returned to earn his master's degree in physical education in 1995. Racine is married to the former Terrie Denham from Ashburn, Ga. The couple has three sons: Olin, who is a freshman at UWF, Austin, who is a freshman at Washington High School and Luke, who is a fifth grader at McArthur Elementary in Pensacola.
We offer an overnight and day (8:30am-4:00pm) camp for boys and girls, ages 9-18, of all skill levels with a 10&Under Tennis program for the younger campers.
2019 Camp Dates
- June 16-20
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.
10 and Under Tennis
In addition to the All Skills Program, we offer a “10 and Under Tennis” program, featuring the USTA’s teaching format. 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: This program is optional and younger campers may opt to play regular tennis on the full courts.
- Overnight Campers: Sunday from 3:00-4:00pm at tennis courts.
- Day Campers: Sunday from 3:30-4:00pm at tennis courts. Day Campers will depart that afternoon at 6:00pm.
- Follow the signs on campus for the Nike Tennis Camp check-in.
- Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
- Graduation: Thursday at 1:30pm at the courts.
- Check-Out: Thursday at 2:00pm after graduation.
Daily Program Schedule
- Sunday: Check-in from 3:00-4:00pm. Depart at 6:00pm.
- Mon-Wed: Arrive at 8:30am. Depart at 4:00pm.
- Thursday: Arrive at 8:30am. Graduation at 1:30pm. Parents invited! Check-out at 2:00pm.
Lunch is included for all Day campers.
Campers play on 12 hard courts at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Complex. In the event of rain, campers will use the indoor hitting walls and fitness facilities.
2018: TBA | 2017: Overnight campers reside in the dorms on campus. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. No triples available. There is A/C in the dorms.
Evening activities may include a movie night, games night and a bowling night.
Nike Tennis Camps does not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the Pensacola Airport and take a shuttle from the airport to camp. Pensacola Airport Shuttle: 850-485-3004 or www.pensacolaairportshuttle.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 member, there is a $50 fee each way that must be paid in advance of camp. Please contact the director if you need this service. 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: TNXRFL
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake up
- 7:30am Breakfast
- 8:30am Tennis instruction, drillspresentation, conditioning and match play
- 11:30am-1:30pm Lunch, rest
- 1:00pm-2:00pm Off court conditioning/games
- 2:00pm-4:30pm Afternoon tennis (On court instruction, presentations, and Match play)
- 4:00pm-5:30pm Optional tennis or rest
- 5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
- 7:00pm Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
camp was exceptional
August 17, 2016: My twin daughters' experience at this camp was exceptional. It completely instilled in them a love of the sport that they did not previously possess. Many thanks to coach Derrick and his staff. We have participated in another camp, which was disappointing compared to this!
— Lori I. Parent
August 14, 2016: Good instruction! Good conditioning inside during rain. Swimming was fun. Food was good.
— Eliana M. Camper
didn't get an Orange and Black Camp Shirt
July 27, 2016: They ran of out of the current year's camp shirts, so I didn't get an Orange and Black Camp Shirt from this year - and the reason this matters so much to me is that these colors matched ALL of my EQ, raq, bag and shoes - if you could send me a men's small it would be appreciated.
— Tyler H. Camper
staff extremely personable and professional
August 26, 2015: Isabelle enjoyed her week and hated that it had to end. Already making plans for next year!! The week for her was very motivational and encouraging. Coaching staff extremely personable and professional, sharing their passion for the sport. Thank you for making her week memorable!!
— Rebecca M. Parent
camp was fun and entertaining
August 21, 2015: Coach Derek was great and he made the camp fun and entertaining.
— Sam J. Camper
I will be back
August 27, 2014: I enjoyed meeting new friends and enthusiasm of the coaches and staff. I will be back!!!
— Isabelle D. Camper
very friendly and inspiring staff
July 25, 2014: The staff was very friendly and inspiring regarding my daughter. We plan to return next summer.
— Sage E. Parent