THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER – Denver, CO
Full Day Camps
The University of Denver one of Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps new camps for 2022. With a rich history of camps in the Rockies, DU will offer 4 weeks of camp this June. Directed by Head Men’s Tennis Coach Drew Eberly and Head Women’s Coach Paul Wardlaw, the camp offers first rate instruction in a fun and competitive environment. Each session of camp is held at the Denver Tennis Park.
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 demo program with all the latest Wilson rackets
- Great Wilson Raffle and prizes for all campers
2022 CAMP DATES
- June 6-10, 2022
- June 13-17, 2022
- June 20-24, 2022
- June 27-July 1, 2022
- Full Day – $525 per week
- Full Day: M- TH 9:00am-3:00pm, / Friday 9am- Noon
- Half Day: 9am – Noon daily
- Boys and Girls ages 7-18 of all skill levels. * age restrictions allow for any camper who will turn 7 during the 2022 calendar year.
- Camps are open to any and all
Camp Type: Traditional Tennis Camp
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.
- Lunch is NOT provided daily for full day campers. Please pack lunch daily
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 full, do you have a waiting list?
To be added to the waitlist, please register here (there is no fee to join the waitlist).
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 may be available upon request for those flying into camp.
Pertinent Camp Information for Check-in
Forms / Balance Due
Camp Waiver (required):
Your Liability Waiver was signed during the registration process and is complete as long as your registered online.
Medical Form (required):
Each camper must have a completed and signed medical form brought to check-in on the first day of camp. – Download Form here
A physical exam is not required for campers. If the camper needs medical or disability accommodations, including significant food allergies that require special meals, please email the office.
To check if you have a remaining balance, you can access your account here.
Check-In / Check-Out Information
Check-in / Drop off:
- Check-in / Drop off Time: 8:30am on Monday; 8:45am remainder of the week for all campers
- Check-in / Drop off Location: Denver Tennis Park
- Check-in / Drop off Address: 1560 S Franklin St, Denver, CO 80210
Check-out / Pick up:
- Check-out / Pick up Time: 3:00pm Monday – Thursday; 12:00pm on Friday for all campers
- Check-out / Pick up Location: Carolina Tennis Center
- Check-out / Pick up Address : 1316 Heyward Street Columbia, SC 29208
- Campers should pack a lunch Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday we will have a pizza party!
- Tennis Racket
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Screen
- Hat / Visor
- Water bottle
- Snack (if desired)
- Follow signs for the Wilson Tennis Camp and access the outdoor courts by the south side of Denver Tennis Park as the exterior gate is open in the morning. Please do not enter through the building. There is free and ample parking at DTP.
- Campers should pack a lunch Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday we will have a pizza party!
MEET YOUR COACHES
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
The University of Denver
Former University of Denver men’s tennis associate head coach Drew Eberly has been named the program’s next head coach, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Karlton Creech announced July 22.
“We’re very much looking forward to Drew rejoining our staff to lead the men’s tennis program,” Creech said. “He enters his new role with a full understanding of the student-athletes, tennis program, athletic department and facilities, and knows what it means to be a representation of the University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation. His ability to cultivate relationships has made him successful both on the recruiting trail and with his student-athletes on his roster, and we look forward to seeing how he can lead this already successful program to new heights in the coming years.”
Eberly spent two seasons as the program’s assistant coach in 2015 and 2016 before being promoted to associate head coach, a role he spent four seasons in prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2016 ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year helped the Pioneers achieve great things in the classroom as well, with the men’s tennis program earning the top male team GPA in the athletics department in 2018 and 2019. Throughout his initial stint on the Denver men’s tennis staff, the program fundraised approximately $100,000 for various projects. The Pioneers also earned their second APR Public Recognition Award in program history in 2019 for finishing in the top-10% in the country in multi-year APR in their sport.
Eberly is a 2009 graduate of Ohio State University and completed his Masters last December in Real Estate and Construction Management in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Head Women’s Tennis Coach
The University of Denver
The University of Denver has named former Iowa and Brown head coach Paul Wardlaw the new head coach of the Pioneers’ women’s tennis program, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Karlton Creech announced on August 3.
Wardlaw comes to Denver after serving as the athletic director and Director of Tennis for Dublin School, a prep school athletic department in New Hampshire. Prior to that, Wardlaw spent 14 seasons as the head women’s tennis coach at Brown and seven seasons as the head women’s tennis coach at Iowa.
In his most recent Division I college stop at Brown, Wardlaw led the Bears to a 137-106 record in his 14 seasons, finishing nationally ranked in nine of those seasons, including as high as 29th in the country. Wardlaw was named the 2009 ITA East Region Coach of the Year and recruited and coached three Ivy League Rookies of the Year.
At Iowa, Wardlaw took a program that finished 10th in the Big Ten the year before his arrival to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a trip to the NCAA Round of 16 in 1999. In his tenure, the Hawkeyes were nationally ranked all seven years, peaking as high as 25th in the country. In his seven seasons in Iowa City, Wardlaw turned in a 83-78 record.
Prior to Wardlaw’s Division I coaching experience, the College of Wooster graduate (Wooster, Ohio) was the head women’s tennis coach at Kenyon College (NCAA DIII/Gambier, Ohio). His teams dominated DIII women’s tennis, winning three NCAA DIII National Championships (1993, 1995, 1997). While at Kenyon, Wardlaw was the 1993 ITA DIII Women’s National Coach of the Year and the 2000 ITA DIII Women’s Coach of the Decade.
Assistant Camp Director:
University of Denver
Maureen Kechriotis has been the Head Tennis Coach of the Boys and Girls tennis teams at South for the past 4 years. In that time, she has doubled the program, had outstanding results qualifying the boys & girls team to Satte every season – the first time in 30 years! 2021 Boys team made history beating East and becoming League Champions. Mo brings a level of enthusiasm and love of the game that is exceptional and contagious. Mo’s coaching philosophy is that tennis is a liflong sport where you develop as a player and a person.
Stewart spent the 2020-21 season as the volunteer assistant at the University of Arizona. In his season with the Wildcats, Arizona finished 21-8 and reached the NCAA Round of 16, losing a heart-breaking 4-3 match against the No. 3 seed Tennessee in Orlando.
Prior to the start of his coaching experience, Stewart was a four-year letter winner at the University of Washington, where he was a three-time All-Pac 12 selection and was ranked as high as 57thin the country. In 2018, Stewart received the ITA Northwest Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
Stewart finished his collegiate career 57-36 in singles matches and won 25 doubles matches.
Slattery rejoined the Pioneers as an interim assistant coach in October 2019 after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia where she helped guide the Captains to a combined 26-14 mark. In four seasons with the Pioneers, Slattery was thrice honored on the All-Summit League team, named 2014 ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year and recognized as 2017 Summit League Player of the Year. In her senior year, Slattery advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Doubles Championships with partner Julia O’Loughin, becoming the program’s first All-Americans. Slattery graduated with a degree in economics in 2017.
Denver Tennis Park :
The Denver Tennis Park is an independent, 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of youth through the game of tennis. Whether at our state-of-the-art facility or on community courts we are inspired by what tennis can do to build skills and create opportunities for kids in and with diverse communities, backgrounds, and abilities. Formed in 2017, the Denver Tennis Park (DTP) is the result of a public-private partnership between the University of Denver (DU), which contributed directly to the construction of our facility, and Denver Public Schools (DPS), which has allowed us to lease the land our facility is on at virtually no cost, and private philanthropy. As a result, our programming and facility has a deep commitment to supporting and leveraging DU and DPS’s interests in youth development and tennis. The DTP facility is home to the DU men’s and women’s NCAA Division I tennis and is the host to various DPS high school team practices and/or matches.
The following schedules are sample schedules of our camps. These are provided to give a rough idea of how each camp is programmed throughout the day.
|9:00 a.m||Stretching, Warm-up and Tennis Instruction|
|10:15 a.m||Tennis Instruction and Drills|
|11:45 a.m||Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis|
|1:15 p.m||Tennis Program, Match Play|
|2:00 p.m||Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills|
|3:00 p.m||Daily Check-out|