Northern Illinois University Tennis Camps

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL


Just 60 miles from Chicago, Northern Illinois University is the perfect location for this adidas Tennis Camp. Leading the camp will be NIU’s top-notch Division I coaches. Campers will train on NIU’s 13 tennis courts.

About Our Coaches

Patrick Fisher

Since 2009, Head Men's Tennis Coach at Northern Illinois University, Patrick Fisher, has guided the Huskies to two Mid-American Conference Championships, built stability and a talented roster to restore tradition and pride for the Huskies tennis program.

Starting from the ground up, Fisher has improved the Huskies each season under his guidance. The team seems to get closer to the NCAA Tournament each year with Fisher at the helm, as it has now taken two regular season championships in the MAC over the last three seasons (2012 & 2014).

Recognition followed after the 2014 season with Dor Amir, Axel Lagerlof, and Frederic Cadieux landing spots on the Mid-American Conference All-Conference teams. Academically, Amir, Cadieux, and Simon Formont earned Academic All-Mid American Conference honors.

The team as a whole was a model to be followed academically. All but one of the seven members finished the scholastic year with a GPA of at least 3.30. Individual GPA's went as high as 3.83.

After a solid fall in 2011, which saw two tennis players reach the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regional, NIU went on to record its first 20 win spring season since 1989 when it finished 21-7 overall and 4-1 in the MAC to claim the Huskies first MAC Championship and their seventh overall in program history. Three Huskies players went on to claim All-MAC honors, including Amir, who claimed first team honors. Lagerlof and Roman Turtygin each earned second team consideration.

En route to its Mid-American, Northern Illinois defeated both perennial conference powers Ball State and Western Michigan, who had combined for the last 14 MAC Championships until 2012. It was the first time since 1974 that the Huskies defeated both the Broncos and the Cardinals in the same season.

Prior to his arrival at NIU, Coach Fisher has had tennis coaching stints at BYU and Colgate College.

In nine seasons, Fisher has coached 16 all-conference players in the MAC, Patriot League and Mountain West Conference, along with three tennis players of the year and four newcomers of the year. From 2002-03, he served as a teaching tennis professional at the Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago.

Fisher played collegiately at Ferris State (1997-2000) in Big Rapids, Mich. He was ranked among the individual top-25 in the NCAA Division II standings during his career, and the Bulldogs advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA Championships in every campaign. He was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference All-Conference team in his final three seasons (1998, 1999 and 2000).

Fisher graduated from FSU in 2001 with a bachelor's of science in marketing and professional tennis management. Following his tennis career, Fisher participated in professional satellite and the futures circuit in the United States, Mexico and Europe, from 1998-2001. He earned both his United States Tennis Association (USTA) certified professional tennis certificate and USTA Level I Sports Science Certification, in 2001.

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Tanya Mahefu

Tanya Mahefu is in her second season as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Northern Illinois University.

Mahefu, a former tennis standout at the University of Akron, comes to NIU and returns to the Mid-American Conference after spending two seasons as an assistant tennis coach for the men's and women's tennis teams at the University of North Dakota. At UND, she helped the women's tennis team contend for a spot in the Big Sky Tournament, coached the school's first women's All-Big Sky team selection and oversaw a significant improvement in the newly-started men's tennis program.

Prior to her time at North Dakota, Gombera served as interim head tennis coach at the University of Southern Mississippi for the 2012 season. This promotion followed her time as a graduate assistant tennis coach at USM from 2010-12 where she recruited international players and aided in the day-to-day operations for the Golden Eagles, in addition to her on-court coaching duties. She also spent one season as the head tennis coach at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and served as the tennis marketing director at the Towpath Tennis Center.

Mahefu enjoyed a successful tennis tennis career after growing up as a tennis prodigy in her native country of Zimbabwe.She represented Zimbabwe in the Africa Junior Championships and Zimbabwe Schools Team. Gombera won a silver medal at the All-Africa Games in Nigeria in 2003 and also represented her native country at the Afro-Asia Games. She competed in many International Tennis Federation (ITF) events and reached an ITF ranking of 453rdin the world.

Mahefu is also no stranger to the Mid-American Conference, having been a four-year letterwinner at Akron. She earned second team All-MAC honors and finished her collegiate career with the Zips ranked in the top 10 in school history in combined singles and doubles victories. She received the MAC's Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award on two separate occasions and served on Akron's Student-Athlete Advisory Council Board.

A 2009 graduate of Akron, Mahefu earned her bachelor's degree in business administration before receiving her master's degree in sports management from Southern Miss in 2011.

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Camp Details

ALL Campers: Check In Sunday 1-2pm at the dorms, Check Out Friday 12pm at the courts.

Extended Day Campers: After the first day, campers should be dropped off at 8:50 AM each day and picked up at 9pm each day except the final day. Check out on Friday is 12pm at the tennis courts.

Day Campers: After the first day, campers should be dropped off at 8:50 AM each day and picked up at 4pm each day except the final day. Check out on Friday is 12pm at the tennis courts.

Campers will train on NIU's s thirteen outdoor tennis courts with three indoor back-up courts in the case of inclement weather.

Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Michelle P. - Parent

My husband and I dropped my son and daughter off at camp this summer and they both came back extremely happy. The coaching staff was excellent and my kids learned a ton. We thought that they would have different experiences due to the age difference. We were pleasantly surprised with the consistency throughout the coaching staff and my kids loved the experience.

reviews-10 Harry K. - Parent

We sent my daughter to camp this summer and she had a blast working with all of the coaches. Ever since the end of camp she has spent hours outside practicing her serve. I have seen an increased improvement in the serve speed since the end of camp and our garage door has the dents to prove it. Look forward to seeing you at camp next year.

reviews-10 Jackie U. - Parent

Coach Fisher was extremely approachable when I had questions regarding my son and was willing to go the extra mile to see him succeed during camp. He is looking forward to using everything he learned at camp in his upcoming high school season.

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