Chapter 18: Camps, Clinics & Community Hubs
One of the advantages college tennis has over many other sports is the ability to open up tennis facilities to the general public on an on-going basis. There are no shortage of examples of college tennis programs all across the country using their facility as a “community-hub” for the sport of tennis.
Some of these examples are highly sophisticated employing full-time tennis directors, offering various membership categories and offer extensive tennis programming, while others may run some summer camps, teach a few private lessons and open up the facility to some junior tournaments. There is a vast array of possibilities.
In this chapter two college coaches, Megan Foster (Washington & Jefferson) and Dean Clower (Wyoming), take you through what has worked on their campus. Scott Treibly from the USTA shares more details about the Community Hub concept and how coaches can take advantage of their services and future grants.
Community Hubs with Scott Treibly
Scott Treibly has been involved with college tennis for the last 25 years as an administrator, coach and player. For the last four years he has acted as a USTA Collegiate and Infrastructure Consultant. Prior to that he spent 15 years at the IMG Academy as a coach and college placement director. While Treibly was an assistant coach at Texas A&M University, the Aggies won three Big 12 Championships and were ranked as high as No. 4 national ranking.
Camps & Clinics with Megan Foster
Megan Foster has coached tennis for three decades, but only one at the collegiate level as of 2021. Her experiences in the private sector provide her with a fresh perspective of how to maximize a college tennis facility for the health and growth of tennis within her community. One of her first tasks as a college coach was to develop a partnership with a local USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) chapter to provide tennis and educational resources to under-resourced children. Megan will also offer extensive community tennis programming when the college teams are not practicing or competing.
Camps & Clinics with Dean Clower
Dean Clower was named the Head Women’s Coach at the University of Wyoming in 2012 and is already the winningest coach in program history. He is also responsible for managing the UW Tennis Complex which includes 6 indoor courts and 8 outdoor courts. Memberships are available to the general community. Dean takes you through how he manages his dual role as Head Women’s Coach and Director of Tennis and the many advantages to running a community hub for the betterment of the program.