NC STATE UNIVERSITY – Raleigh, NC
5 Stars – Based on 8 User Reviews
Day Camp with Half Day option
One of our fastest-growing camps, The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps at NC State, has built an incredible reputation for first-rate instruction in a fun and competitive environment. The camp is directed by the coaching staff of both the men’s and women’s teams at NC State and is designed for boys and girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels.
Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work, and game/match play, all in a fun and competitive environment. We break the campers into small instructional groups of similar age and ability, so each child is working in a group that is commensurate with their experience level. We tailor each program to the level of the players. Beginners get a heavy dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players focus on strategy, point building, percentage tennis, etc.
The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are the premier camps for young players who strive to learn the game, improve their skills and participate in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis, or tournaments.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP INCLUDE:
- Comprehensive instructional program with daily teaching progressions
- Small instructional groups to ensure individual attention
- Safety prioritized on and off court
- Camp T-Shirt and prizes for all campers
- Camp demo program with all the latest Wilson rackets
- 2022 Camp Dates Coming Soon.
- Full Day – $465 per week
- Half Day – $330 per week
- Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels.
- Camps open to any and all.
Our traditional tennis camps are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of modern tennis strokes. We tailor the instruction to the skill level and experience of each level of player. Some of the areas of focus for each level include:
- Beginners: The beginning-level player will be introduced to the basics of the game. Emphasis will be placed on stroke production and the technical aspects of the swing to teach these young players sound fundamentals from the ground up.
- Intermediate: Intermediate-level players will also focus on stroke production (to ensure proper technique) and be introduced to gameplay situations to introduce these players to the competitive side of the game.
- High School / Tournament: High school (both varsity and JV) and tournament players will focus on the strategic and competitive aspects of the game. Although swing fundamentals are featured, emphasis will also feature point building, court positioning, patterns of play, and live ball drill work.
Note: A skills evaluation is done on the first day of camp, and we will assign students to small instructional groups with kids of similar age, ability, and experience levels. Players will continue to be evaluated throughout the week, and coaches will move kids into situations to push them and help ensure they are in a comfortable learning environment.
Full Day Option:
- 9am – 3:30pm daily
- 9am – Noon Friday
Half Day Option:
- 9am -12:00pm daily
- Lunch can be added for $40 per week, or please pack your lunch daily.
* If purchasing lunch, please bring the lunch fee to check-in the first day.
We do have indoor courts available at this location and in the case of rain, we will move the entire camp to the indoor tennis courts.
Q: Are there Skill Requirements for this camp?
Per NCAA rules, our sports camps are open to all entrants. Enrollment is limited only by age, grade level, gender, and capacity restrictions specified by each camp.
Q: What type of campers attend this camp?
Our camps are open to all levels of tennis players. We have players from absolute beginner to high school / Tournament level.
We design our camps to teach the technical basics and love of the game to the beginning player, to introduce strategical decision making, and more advanced technique to the intermediate player, while building on their current stroke production, and to put the advanced players into pressured, strategical and competitive situations.
Q. What is the ratio of campers to staff?
Groups are divided into small instructional groups of approximately Five to Six: One (5.5:1) camper to coach. Some camps/sessions offer higher or lower ratios based on the curriculum.
Q. If the camp is full, do you have a waiting list?
We do have a waiting list for our camp weeks that sell out. It is not unusual for us to add campers from the waiting list due to late cancellations. To be added to the waitlist, please email the office.
Q. Should I purchase camp/cancellation insurance?
We recommend all families purchase camp/cancellation insurance if they are concerned about their investment in the camp. Kids do get injured, sick and family plans change prior to the start of camp. Camp insurance allows peace of mind and has many benefits in any of these events. Please review our policies page for more information about camp/cancellation insurance. Click Here
Airport transportation is available upon request for those flying into camp. The Raleigh Durham International abbreviated RDU is the second largest airport in North Carolina. It is situated between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. The airport is 14 minutes 11.2 miles by car Northwest of the University on I-40 West. To arrange for a pickup, please email prior to making flight arrangements.
All campers will check in daily at 9am. On the first day of camp each week (Monday), check-in will open at 8:40 am.
- Full Day campers will check out daily at 3:30pm
- Half Day campers will check out daily at 12:00pm
All our camp forms, including the required liability form and medical form can be found HERE
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
MEET YOUR COACHES
HEAD MEN’S TENNIS COACH
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Kyle Spencer was named head coach of the NC State men’s tennis program in June of 2017. Spencer, a former Olympian and All-American, came to the Wolfpack after spending more than four seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU), while also having previous ACC head coaching experience at Maryland.
Spencer also served as an assistant for two programs (USC, Baylor) that reached the Final Four.
Spencer led the Pack to one of its best seasons in program history during 2018-19, culminating with a No. 23 national ranking at the conclusion of the campaign. It was the squad’s first top-25 finish since the 2007 season and its best national finish since that same year.
NC State ended the 2019 dual season with a 19-11 record as it amassed the most single-season victories since the 2012 campaign when it picked up 20 wins on the year. After its second-straight selection to the NCAA Championships, NC State advanced to the second round of the national tournament for just the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2014. The Pack took down a total of seven opponents that were nationally ranked at the time of competition during the 2019 campaign.
He was an assistant coach at Baylor University from 2006-09, earning three straight Big XII conference championships and was recognized as ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2009 for his efforts. During his time at Baylor, he also helped lead the Bears to a 2007 NCAA Final Four appearance, as well as Elite 8 appearances in both 2008 and 2009.
He began his college coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California (USC) from 2003-05, where he assisted the Trojans in reaching the 2004 Final Four.
Spencer has also coached a number of professional players, including Cecil Mamiit (ATP career high No. 72, Robert Kendrick (ATP career high No. 77) and Ashley Fisher (ATP career high No. 20 in doubles).
As a player, Spencer won seven professional titles on the ATP Tour and reached the ATP Tour final in Newport, Rhode Island. He represented his native Great Britain in doubles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and he was a four-time main draw participant at Wimbledon. An All-American and an Academic All-Pac 10 Team member while a player at USC, Spencer finished the 1997 collegiate season at No. 1 in the ITA doubles ranking, reaching the NCAA National Championship match.
ASSISTANT MEN’S TENNIS COACH
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Cris James joined the NC State men’s tennis coaching staff in July of 2017 as an assistant coach. James also holds the role of recruiting coordinator for the team.
Formerly the head men’s tennis coach at Illinois State from 2007-13, James came to Raleigh after spending four seasons as a second assistant coach at Notre Dame.
James helped head coach Kyle Spencer lead the team to one of its most successful seasons in program history with a historic 2019 season. Since arriving in Raleigh prior to the start of the 2017-18 athletic year, James has helped coach a squad that finished in the top 30 at the conclusion of the 2018 dual season and has been ranked in the top 25 for eight weeks during the 2019 season. NC State has also had doubles teams qualify for the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA National Fall Championships during each of the past two seasons, and Galarneau has earned a singles berth to the NCAA Championships for two seasons in a row under the leadership of James and Spencer.
In 2019, he was honored as ITA Carolina Region Assistant Coach of the Year for helping develop a Wolfpack team that reached the upper echelon of college tennis.
HEAD WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH
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Simon Earnshaw has elevated the NC State women’s tennis program to new heights since being named NC State’s head coach on May 30, 2014. A nine-time National Champion with a combined 24 coaching awards, Earnshaw came to NC State following a historic 15-year run as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.
The 2019 ACC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, Earnshaw has led NC State to four straight NCAA Championships bids, the longest streak in school history. In addition, he has led Anna Rogers and Alana Smith to NC State’s first All-America honors.
The Pack has collected seven all-conference honors, three NCAA Doubles Championships duos, and two NCAA Singles Championships participants under his leadership.
In 2019, the team shattered program records, setting new standards for wins in a season (24) and ACC wins in a season (11). The Pack finished the season 24-7 (11-3). NC State reached a program-best No. 9 ranking while First Team-All ACC performer Rogers reached No. 8 in singles and No. 4 in doubles with all-conference honoree Alana Smith, both program-high rankings.
The Pack earned the program’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 after hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds. Individually, Rogers and Alana Smith reached the NCAA Doubles Championship Elite Eight, another first for the program, and Rogers became the third Pack player in history to reach the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship.
The Pack notched its highest finish ever in the final edition of the 2019 Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings, checking in at No. 11. The program’s previous best finish was at No. 26 in 2017. In the closing 14 weeks of the season, the team lived within the top 25, including a stretch of four straight weeks in the top 10.
ASSISTANT WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH
NC State University
In two years with the program, Secker has reached two NCAA Championships, including the Pack’s historic 2019 trip to the Sweet 16 and has coached the program’s first two All-Americans in Anna Rogers and Alana Smith.
NC State ended Secker’s second season with the team with a 24-7 (11-3) record, marking the most total wins and conference wins in the program’s history.
The squad posted back-to-back winning records in his first two campaigns with the Pack.
Under his guidance, Rogers reached a program-high No. 8 singles ranking and a program-high No. 4 doubles ranking with Alana Smith. In addition, the doubles tandem advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
Secker comes to Raleigh from California where he was the director of Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine since 2013. ATA is a full time boarding tennis academy focused on the training and college preparation for top national and international junior players. His academy has placed players at several power five schools and maintained a 100 percent graduation rate.
My Son enjoyed the camp, good focus on fitness and techniques. All the coaches are genuinely excited to work with the kids.
Parent of Ashwath C.
Our daughter was a first time camper this year, and truly loved the experience. She has asked to do this camp again next year, but instead of half day she’d like to stay the full time! The staff was very motivating and made it fun.
Parent of Sierra S.
My son had a great time…the camp was small enough for him to actually play and learn, but big enough to meet new people.
Parent of Stuart C.
My son who is 15 really enjoyed himself at this camp. He is interested in trying out for the school tennis team and felt the instructors were helpful with their advice. He made a few friends in the bargain. Just a great experience all around!!
Parent of Kiernan K.
It was very fun. The coaches were very helpful and encouraging.
Parent of Raynor S.
Great instruction. Very organized. Fun! Tons of practice. Great prep for school tennis in the fall.
Parent of Kacie S.
Fun positive experience where she gained confidence and learned a lot!
Parent of Mary S.
My son enjoyed the camp, coaches and he improved his game.
Parent of James M.
J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center
The 30,000-square-foot J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, which includes state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor tennis courts, is one of several examples of NC State’s commitment to first-rate facilities. The newly expanded complex, built on West Campus near Doak Field at Dail Park, is one of the nicest indoor and outdoor tennis facilities in the nation.
The facility was designed exclusively for use by the men’s and women’s varsity tennis programs at NC State and meets all of the standards set by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The outdoor stadium, named in honor of a facility-enhancement gift from longtime donors Curtis and Jacqueline Dail, was completed in the fall of 2011, with six lighted courts, chair back seating for up to 1,000 spectators, and an electronic scoreboard. The new home of the Wolfpack offers unprecedented viewing options and other amenities for spectators and has an elegant brick entrance.
The indoor courts, named in honor of former Wolfpack standout Andy Andrews, opened in August of 2004 and gives the Wolfpack’s men’s and women’s players a year-round, on-campus training facility. There is championship seating for up to 200 spectators to enjoy college tennis action in all weather conditions. In addition, the complex provides locker rooms for men and women, coaches’ offices, and a luxurious players lounge complete with plush couches and a large flat-screen television.
In September of 2004, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) honored the indoor facility with the organization’s 2004 Outstanding Facility award. One of only four collegiate complexes to receive the honor, the home of Wolfpack tennis finds itself among some top-rate playing venues, as only 15 of the nation’s facilities collect the prestigious honor.
The entire indoor and outdoor complex is named in honor of J.W. Isenhour, a former head coach of NC State men’s tennis from 1968-81. Isenhour also led the women through three successful seasons. He brought NC State tennis from near obscurity into the limelight in the 1970s. Isenhour’s men compiled back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 1978 and 1979 and advanced in the NCAA Championships in 1978.
CURTIS & JACQUELINE DAIL OUTDOOR TENNIS STADIUM
The Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium opened in the spring of 2012 as the new home for the NC State men’s and women’s varsity programs. The $3 million complex features a wide variety of amenities for players and spectators. Some of these amenities include a bowl-shaped complex with elevated, accessible viewing areas, as well as six lighted, red-surfaced courts, decorated with NC State logos and red screens and awnings.
There is chairback seating available for up to 1,000 spectators, with wide walkways for easy movement from court to court. An electronic scoreboard, visible from all seats, shows live scoring from all matches.
Restrooms and designated concession areas are accessible to all fans, and there is ample parking adjecent to and near the stadium. There are dugout areas for both teams, with access to indoor locker rooms. A brick façade and entrance, displaying the name of the stadium, complete the look of the new complex.