2022 Tennis Summer Camp at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL


Overview

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 taking the reigns of the NIU men’s tennis program in 2009, Patrick Fisher has guided the Huskies to three Mid-American Conference Championships (2012, ’14 and ’15) while achieving outstanding academic success as he has restored tradition and pride to the Huskie tennis program.

During his tenure at NIU, the Huskies have a 177-108 overall record with 21 All-MAC honorees and 31 Academic All-MAC recipients, and he was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014. Fisher’s Huskies have produced nine consecutive winning seasons, not including 2019-20 when NIU was 6-6 prior to the cancelation of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have earned the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award for six consecutive years, posting a perfect 1,000 score each year.

Following the shorten 2019-20 season, NIU posted one of its best seasons in program history in 2020-21, posting a 21-3 overall record. The Huskies won their first 10 matches to start the season, the longest unbeaten start to a year in program history, and appeared in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Team Rankings for three consecutive weeks, climbing as high as 37th nationally. Bor Schweiger Muzar and Kristopher Ortega were named to the All-MAC First Team while Oliver Valentinsson earned Second Team recognition. Mikael Vollbach was named MAC Freshman of the Year, becoming the seventh player in program history to earn MAC Freshman/Newcomer of the Year honors.

The 2018-19 campaign saw the Huskies reach the MAC Tournament Final for the first time in six years, just missing out on the NCAA Tournament in a third-set tiebreak in the final match. Eric Marbach was named to the All-MAC First Team and Muzar claimed All-MAC Second Team honors as a successful season saw the Huskies finish third in the MAC in the regular season.

During the 2017-18 season, Fisher’s Huskies posted a 15-8 overall record and finished second in the MAC. Ortega and Marbach earned First Team All-MAC honors, while Ortega was named the MAC’s Newcomer of the Year.

In 2016-17, Fisher led NIU to 13 wins and Georg Lundkivst was named to the All-MAC Second Team for the second consecutive season. Off the court, Carlos Manzanas was awarded the MAC Medal of Excellence. NIU recorded 15 victories in 2015-16, marking the fifth consecutive season in which the Huskies had won at least 15 dual matches. The Huskies had five Academic All-MAC honorees, tied for the most in program history, and Lundkvist became the sixth different player to earn all-conference recognition.

Following heavy losses to graduation, the 2014-15 season started as a bit of an unknown, but under Fisher’s guidance the Huskies ended the year as MAC Champions. With just one senior and one junior on the roster, NIU posted an 18-6 mark, including 4-1 in league play. Frederic Cadieux was named to the All-MAC First Team and finished his career with an impressive 95 singles victories, third-most in NIU history, and 66 doubles wins, ninth best in program history. The Huskies were ranked eighth in the final ITA Midwest Region rankings, their third consecutive top-10 finish.

In 2013-14, Fisher and the Huskies went a perfect 4-0 in league play while claiming an 18-6 overall mark. Fisher was named MAC Coach of the Year while Dor Amir, Axel Lagerlof, and Cadieux all received All-MAC honors, with Amir, Cadieux, and Simon Formont claiming Academic All-MAC recognition. The Huskies finished the season ranked ninth in the ITA Midwest Region.

The 2012-13 season saw NIU come within inches of reaching the NCAA Tournament. Entering the tournament as the number four seed, NIU upset Ball State in the semifinals before falling to Western Michigan, 4-3, in the championship match to close the season at 16-9. Three Huskies, Amir, Lagerlof and Cadieux, earned All-MAC honors, Amir and Cadieux were also named to the Academic All-MAC team. The Huskies ranked 10th in the final ITA Midwest Region rankings.

After a solid fall in 2011, which saw two players reach the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regional, NIU went on to record its first 20-win spring season since 1989 in 2011-12 when it finished 21-7 overall and 4-1 in the MAC to claim the program’s first MAC Championship and its seventh overall conference title. Three Huskies earned All-MAC honors, including Amir, who claimed first team honors. Lagerlof and Roman Turtygin each earned second team consideration.

The groundwork for NIU’s 2012 conference championship was built during Fisher’s first two seasons in charge when he guided two Huskies to MAC Newcomer of the Year honors and helped NIU to a pair of 10-win seasons. After being named NIU’s head coach on August 21, 2009, Fisher mentored Maksym Bartiuk to MAC Newcomer of the Year honors in 2009-10 while the Huskies posted a 10-13 mark. The following season, Bartiuk earned All-MAC recognition and Lagerlof was named MAC Newcomer of the Year as the Huskies finished 11-16 and Fisher’s vision for success began to take shape.

Prior to NIU, Fisher served as the top assistant at Brigham Young University, where he spent two seasons. The Cougars finished the 2009 season ranked No. 49 in the country, their highest mark in more than five years. With BYU, Fisher was responsible for both national and international recruiting, the entire scheduling process, and devising team and individual practice sessions. Following the 2007-08 season, Fisher was named the Assistant Coach of the Year in the BYU Athletics Department.

Fisher began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Western Michigan (2003-04), helping the Broncos capture the 2004 MAC Championship, along with an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships.

From 2004-06, Fisher served as both the head men's and women's tennis coach at Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.). Both squads advanced to the Patriot League Tournament semifinals in 2005 and 2006, while the men's team cracked the top-15 of the East Region rankings during the 2005 campaign.

His standout players at Colgate included Reed Hagmann and Jackie Couture, who were named Patriot League Players of the Year for men's and women's tennis, respectively, for the first time in program history. Fisher also coached Hagmann to the program's first individual national tennis ranking.

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 of Science in marketing and professional tennis management. Following his playing 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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Camp Details

ALL Campers: Check In Sunday 1-2pm at the dorms TBA, Check Out Thursday 4pm at the courts.

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

Day Campers: After the first day, campers should be dropped off at 8:50 AM and picked up at 4pm each day at the 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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