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. Directed by the coaching staff of both the men and women’s teams at NC State, the camp is designed for boys and girls ages 4-18 of all skill levels.
During our traditional camp, 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 would get a heavier dose of swing technique and fundamentals, while more advanced players would have more focus on strategy, point building, and percentage tennis, etc.
Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps are the premier camps for young players who strive to learn the game, improve their skills and/or 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
- Session I : TBA
- Session II: TBA
- Full Day: TBA
- Half Day: TBA
* See Discount codes section below.
- Boys and Girls ages 4-18 of all skill levels.
Our traditional tennis camps are designed to focus on the fundamentals and swing techniques of the 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 fundamental stroke production (to ensure proper technique), but will also be in put into game play situations to introduce these players to the competitive side of the game.
- Advanced: The more advanced players will work with stroke production in a competitive environment, but will also be introduced to the basic strategies of the game.
- High School / Tournament: Varsity high school and tournament players will focus on the strategic and competitive aspects of the game. Although there will be attention spent on the stroke fundamentals, more emphasis will be placed on point progression, court positioning, patterns and sequences, percentage plays 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 level. 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 Monday – Thursday & 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.
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 as 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 will be divided into small instructional groups of approximately 5-6: 1 camper to coach. Some camps/sessions offer higher or lower ratios based on the curriculum.
Q. If the camp is the 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 the investment they are making in the camp. Kids do get injured, sick and family plans change from the time of registration leading up to the 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.
More Info / UTR
- 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
NC State University
Kyle Spencer has been selected to lead the NC State men’s tennis program, Director of Ath-letics Debbie Yow announced on June 14, 2017. Spencer, a former Olympian and All-American, comes to the Wolfpack after spending more than four seasons as an assistant coach at South-ern Methodist University (SMU), while also having previous ACC head coaching experience at Maryland.
In four full seasons at SMU, Spencer helped lead the Mustangs to a record of 64-43 and two straight NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017. The 2016 Mustangs finished with a record of 22-9, advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, and concluded the season with a national ranking of 22nd. Players mentored by Spencer and head coach Carl Neufield earned eight All-American Athletic Conference honors during the course of the last four sea-sons.
Prior to his time at SMU, Spencer was the head coach at the University of Maryland from 2009-12, where he worked with Yow during her tenure in College Park. He was voted the 2012 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and led the Terrapins to a host of firsts, including their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history during the 2010-11 season, and their first NCAA Tournament victory (over No. 20 Michigan).
ASSISTANT MEN’S TENNIS COACH
NC State University
Formerly the head men’s tennis coach at Illinois State from 2007-13, James comes to Ra-leigh after spending the last four seasons as a second assistant coach at Notre Dame.
James helped lead the Fighting Irish to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his time in South Bend, advancing as far as the Sweet 16 in 2014. During that first season, James and the Irish were ranked as high as No. 6 nationally and ended the season ranked No. 13. The 2014-15 season featured another NCAA Tournament appearance and a final team ranking of 37th. James acted as the primary on-court coach for the doubles team of Pecor and Lawson, which reached the quarterfinals of both the ITA All-American and ITA National Indoor tournaments as well as the round of 16 at the NCAA Individual Championships.
During the 2015-16 season, Notre Dame defeated then national No. 1 UNC-Chapel Hill in ACC play and again advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a team.
Notre Dame’s 2016-17 season concluded with senior singles player Josh Hagar advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hagar also earned First Team All-ACC honors and teammates Brandon Kempin and Alex Lebedev were named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
During his playing days at Purdue, James three times earned All-Big Ten, Academic All-Big Ten, and team MVP honors. A team captain, James reached a high of No. 26 nationally in sin-gles and No. 7 in doubles. He won three professional futures doubles tournaments and earned professional rankings in both singles and doubles.
HEAD WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH
NC State University
Simon Earnshaw was named NC State’s head women’s tennis coach May 30, 2014. A nine-time National Champion, with a combined 23 coaching awards, Earnshaw comes to NC State after an historic 15-year run as head men’s and women’s coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.
During his third year at the helm of the Wolfpack, Earnshaw saw his team to one of its most successful seasons in program history. NC State finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 19-11 (7-7 ACC), tallying the most total wins and the most conference wins in program history, as well as led the team to a fourth place finish in the ACC, its second-highest finish ever. The team ended the year ranked No. 26 on the ITA/Oracle team poll, its highest finish ever. The Wolfpack completed its season at the NCAA Tournament after defeating No. 35 Oregon in the first round to advance to the Round of 32, a feat that has only been accomplished three times in NC State history. In the second round, the team fell to No. 5 Georgia.
ASSISTANT WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH
NC State University
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
Raleigh, NC 27607
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.