Tennis Instructional Camp
June 20-23, 2013
Entering grades 7-12
Full Resident: $345 (all meals, housing, materials)
Commuter: $215 (materials only—no meals)
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Instructional Camp is open to players entering 7-12 grades. Students will be ability grouped and exposed to drills, shot selection, playing percentage tennis, target serving, and competitive opportunities that are designed to challenge and improve technique.
Adam Strand is in his second season as head men’s and women’s tennis coach for Luther College. The Luther men’s tennis team has won 31 Iowa Conference titles with six NCAA Tournament bids. The Luther women’s team has gone to the NCAA Tournament 13 times while winning 25 conference titles.
In Strand’s first season, the Norse men finished 22-7 overall with an 8-0 regular season mark against Iowa Conference opponents. The squad finished No. 12 in the Central Region, and Scott Sundstrom was named the Iowa Conference “MVP,” the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership award winner for the Central Region, and received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.
The Norse women also put together a strong season with an 18-12 record and a 7-1 regular season mark against Iowa Conference opponents. The team completed the year with a No. 13 ranking in the Central Region and had four all-conference performers. The women finished the fall portion of Strand’s second campaign with a 10-1 mark, giving Strand a total record of 50-20 with the Norse program heading into the 2013 spring season. Under Strand’s tutelage, the Norse have had 10 all-conference players in singles and eight in doubles.
Strand previously spent five and a half years at Augustana College, where he also coached both squads. At Augustana, he led his men’s team to three straight 20 win seasons and three consecutive regional rankings. His women set a new school record for victories in 2010-11 and finished No. 14 in the Central Region. Strand was also named College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Coach of the Year in 2010. He coached 17 All-Conference performers and 10 ITA Academic All-Americans. Eight of Strand’s players also reached the 100 win mark under his leadership.
Prior to his years of coaching, Strand was a teaching professional at Westfield Tennis Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was also a teaching professional for A.C.T. Tennis Services in Downers Grove, Illinois. He is a 2004 graduate of Luther College.
Assistant Camp Directors
Aaron Olson is in his second year as an assistant for the Luther men and women’s tennis programs after being a former player at Luther in 2007-09. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Waldorf College, he returned to Luther as a part-time assistant coach in January of 2012. Aaron moved into the role of Assistant Coach in August of 2012 after helping the Norse to another successful season in the spring of 2012.
He assists Coach Strand in a variety of areas, including practice planning, recruiting, and individual training sessions with players outside of scheduled team practices. Aaron also heads up the social media outlets for the program, including compiling footage for video analysis and highlight tapes. His social media responsibilities extend to running the Luther Tennis Facebook Page as well.
Aaron assisted at the Luther Tennis Summer Camps in 2012 and has been promoted to Assistant Camp Director for the camps in summer of 2013. He also conducts clinics with local youth during the academic year.
Miriam Blom-Skrade is a 2004 graduate of Luther College as a four-year letter winner and competed in the #1 singles and #1 doubles position for the Norse. She received IIAC All-Conference honors three years and Academic All-Conference honors four years.
She is in her 4th season as Head Coach of the Ames High School Boys Team and was named Conference Coach of the Year 2011 and 2012. She coached Ames to two team State Runner-Up finishes and one team State Championship, the team’s best finishes. She also coached 1 State Champion doubles team, 2 State Runner-up doubles teams, and 3 Singles Medalists. She is the Director of Junior Tennis for the Ames Tennis Academy 2006-10 amd os a current 4.5 USTA player on a women’s and mixed doubles team. She has served as the Assistant Coach for the Norse women in 2004, 2011 and 2012 and is currently a MS student in Kinesiology at Iowa State University.
A mix of college and high school coaches will assist Strand, Olson, Blom-Skrade and Huinker, along with Luther College Men’s and Women’s tennis team members. The student to staff ratio is 6:1.
Typical Daily Schedule
|8:30-11 a.m.||Session I|
|11-11:30 a.m.||Optional individual lessons|
|1:30-2 p.m.||Optional individual lessons|
|2-4 p.m.||Session II|
|4-6 p.m.||Dinner Break|
|6-8:30 p.m.||Session III|
|8:30-10 p.m.||Supervised evening activity|
Luther College Sports Facilities
Regents Center indoor facilities include six tennis courts; a six-lane, 200-meter track; six full-sized basketball courts; 25-yard, six-lane swimming pool; locker, training, and equipment rooms. The Legends Fitness for Life Center offers a strength and fitness facility with its own climbing wall. The outdoor facilities include 12 tennis courts, a cross country race course, fitness trails, and an all-weather track, which was installed in the fall of 2009.
Housing and Meals
Campers live in a comfortable, air-conditioned residence hall on the Luther campus and eat in the Dahl Centennial Union dining hall. College athletes serve as camps counselors and provide full supervision and help direct all camp activities. Medical services for campers are available through local clinics, as well as the emergency room at the Winneshiek Medical Center. Individual campers are responsible for any medication, and hospital and physician fees.
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