The staff features instructors with experience in junior Grand Slam events such as the French Open and Wimbledon. Award winners on the Tiger Tennis Staff include former All ACC, MVP ACC and All American. Our junior staff also features members of national championship team winners in NCAA D I, D II and NAIA.
The Tiger Tennis Camp is led by Coach Nancy Harris and her senior staff. The entire staff is composed of prominent educators in the sport which include leading collegiate coaches, teaching professionals and some of the best college players in the US. The staff features instructors with experience in junior Grand Slam events such as the French Open and Wimbledon. Award winners on the Tiger Tennis Staff include former All ACC, MVP ACC and All American. Our junior staff also features members of national championship team winners in NCAA D I, D II and NAIA. Exposure to the attitudes of champions and the discipline they bring to the court is an important factor in the growth of the future player. We take great pride in our camp to offer you a first class staff that represents the best in teaching our sport.
The Tiger Tennis Camp staff has no higher priority than the welfare of your child while camp is in session. Coach Harris works side by side with her instructors and your child all day every day. This commitment makes the difference in each camper's experience. Tiger Tennis Camp understands the importance of individual attention, and therefore, is committed to a 1:4 Teacher: Student ratio. Coach Harris has seen the camp grow to maximum capacity and attributes this to the exceptional, professional, and caring staff of the Tiger Tennis Camp.
Under Head Coach Nancy Harris, the Clemson women's program has taken its place on the national stage and become a perennial power in the sport. In the past eleven years, Harris has guided the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Final Fours, a pair of ACC Championships and a top-25 finish each season. Her players annually compete for tournament titles and consistently earn regional and national accolades.
Under Harris's leadership, Clemson became a member of an elite group of schools having reached the NCAA semifinals twice in the last nine years (Cal-Berkley, Stanford, Duke, Florida and UCLA). Since 1988, only 15 different universities have reached an NCAA Final Four. The Tigers are proud to have accomplished this feat twice, one of only 10 universities that can make that outstanding claim.
Entering her 18th season as the head of the Clemson program, Nancy Harris is amongst the best to ever coach women's tennis. The 2014 season was one to remember, as Harris earned her first ACC Coach of the Year honor, led the Tigers to a 22-7 record and a share of the ACC regular season title, upset the number-one team in the nation, and oversaw the team that led all Clemson programs with a 3.43 GPA. Read Full Biography
Coach Jernigan's Contribution to the Clemson Tigers
Coach Harris welcomes the return of Tiger Tennis Camp Co-Director Darrell Jernigan Head Coach of Men's and Women's Tennis at Southern Wesleyan University. In the fall of 2005 Coach Harris selected the Clemson graduate to help her lead the Tigers. Today she fondly remembers her years with Jernigan. "With Coach Jernigan at my side, day in and day out, our program experienced a solid base, critical for success. From recruiting, to practice, to the court in competition I have had such a fine person I could count on to support our student-athletes and myself", said Harris. In 2010, Coach Jernigan returned to his life long career in education as high school AP Biology teacher at Seneca High School. His love for teaching and his desire to be spend more time with his family compelled his decision to change careers once again despite all his success as an NCAA Division 1 coach. He returned in 2013 to his passion to coach as Head Coach of Southern Wesleyan University tennis programs.
During Coach Jernigan's tenure Clemson was ranked in the top 20 in each of his seasons at Harris's side. Jernigan's role in the Tigers' success was acknowledged in 2008 when he was named ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach-of-the-Year.
The Tigers in 2010 returned to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive time and finished with a 24-6 overall record. The Clemson program has reached the NCAA tournament eight consecutive years. In conference play Clemson placed 3rd in the ACC and recorded a 9-2 season competing amongst the nation's top ranked universities. In his fifth year as an assistant women's tennis coach at Clemson he once again helped the Tigers achieve a presence on the national tennis stage by recruiting high-profile talent. Jernigan convinced top American standout Maria Belaya of Florida to sign with the Tigers for the 2011 season.
In 2009 Coach Jernigan helped lead the Tigers back to the NCAA "Sweet 16" as the school claimed four All Americans in women's tennis during this campaign. Clemson was the only school in the country to have achieved four All Americans and set a school record. This was Clemson's third straight Sweet 16 appearance and the program's eighth consecutive NCAA tournament. The Tigers posted a 19-8 overall record and finished third in the ACC with a 9-2 record. They spent every week ranked in the top 15 and were ranked 11th in the final poll.
For 2009 Clemson staff inked Jackson, MS native Keri Wong, who was also considered a Blue Chip recruit. Wong rose to the #4 national ranking, according to tennisrecruiting.net, following the 2008 summer play and was consistently among the top five in the Tennis RPI.
Jernigan helped the 2008 Tiger squad complete one of the greatest turn-a rounds in program history, rallying from a 5-9 record on Mar. 22 to win the final seven matches of the regular season and the ACC Championship. The Tigers earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive season and played host to their fifth straight regional, advancing to the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth time in the last five years.
Jernigan helped Clemson bring in a five-member class for the 2007 season. Ani Mijacika and Ina Hadziselimovic have been recognized as two of the top junior players in the world, while Estefania Balda ranked #1 in South America. For their lone signee for the 2008 season, Jernigan helped the Tigers land local player Laurianne Henry. Henry was a Blue Chip recruit who was ranked as high as #3 in the Tennis RPI and 11th in the United States.
As the fourth seed, Clemson won the 2008 ACC title, knocking off the top two seeds in the tournament en route to the crown. The Tigers' win over number-one seed and second-ranked Georgia Tech in the semifinals was the program's great upset in history. Clemson was then ranked 13th in the final Fila/ITA Tennis poll.
Individually, Ani Mijacika made school history when she became the first Clemson tennis player, man or woman, to rise to the #1 national ranking. She spent every week of the spring in the poll's top five and finished the season at #2.
During 2007, Jernigan's second season, the Tigers claimed the ACC regular season co-championship and returned to the NCAA Round of 16. Clemson players Mijacika and Federica Van Adrichem earned doubles All-America honors, while the accolade was just one on a lengthy list for Mijacika. She was also named the ACC Freshman-of-the-Year and the ITA Southeast Region Rookie Player-of-the-Year; both were firsts for the Tiger program.
The 2007 squad set a record for consecutive weeks ranked in the top 10 in a single season with nine and posted seven wins over top 25 teams, second-most in school history. Clemson finished the season at #11 with a 22-5 overall record.
In his first season as a full-time coach at Clemson, Jernigan helped the Tigers reach their fifth straight NCAA Team Tournament appearance and earn the #18 final national ranking. An experienced educator, he helped lead a young 2006 team, which featured three freshmen and two sophomores, to a 17-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the ACC with an 8-3 conference ledger.
Prior to his hiring as the Clemson assistant coach for the Tigers, Coach Jernigan taught sixth grade physical science at Stevens County Middle School in Toccoa, GA for the second half of the 2000-01 school year. He was then hired as a biology teacher at West-Oak High School in Seneca, SC in 2001 and served as the head of the science department until coming to Clemson in 2005.
While at West-Oak, Jernigan also coached the girls' and boys' tennis teams. In his only season leading the girls' team, the Warriors won the 2002 Skyline Conference Championship. Jernigan served as the coach of the men's team for five seasons, guiding the team to a conference championship in 2003-04. He was named the Region Coach-of-the-Year after that season.
Jernigan also played an active role in reviving the Clemson Youth Tennis Program from 1998-2000, a program that serves area junior players. He trained a large group of players and traveled with the more advanced athletes to various tournaments around South Carolina promoting junior tennis in our state.
Jernigan is from nearby Seneca, SC, where he was a member of the Seneca High School varsity tennis team. He continued his tennis career as a scholarship player at North Greenville College from 1991-1993, receiving an associate degree in biology.
From there, Jernigan attended Winthrop University and walked onto the Eagles' tennis team, playing until 1994.
He earned his a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Teaching-Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 2000.
Jernigan and his wife Frances have two children, Alexis and Riley.
Maria "Maru" Brito is in her second season with the women's tennis program as an Assistant Coach. Brito played for Nancy Harris from 2004-07, during which the program won an ACC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
"I am delighted for Maru to join our staff," said Harris, who is starting her 17th season at Clemson. "She is a true Tiger, and has experienced some of the greatest highs in program history. She knows what it takes to win, and her knowledge of the technical aspect of the game is incredible. She is a perfect fit for this program to achieve our goals of developing and preparing young women for success on and off the court."
Her presence was felt early, as the program soared to one of its finest all-around seasons ever. In addition to leading all Clemson athletic programs with a 3.43 GPA, the Tigers also tied for the ACC regular season championship, advanced to the NCAA Round of 16, and won its first-ever match over the nation's number-one team.
Brito, a two-time All-ACC selection, spent the two years teaching at Franco's Athletic Club in Mandeville, LA, working with some of the top instructors in the nation. Prior to her time with Franco's, Brito worked at Auburn University-Montgomery, where she attained a degree in marketing and served as a graduate assistant.
AUM is one of the top NAIA tennis programs in the country and is the same school that Harris cut her teeth, leading the men's and women's teams to three national titles in nine years. Brito helped AUM to the 2009 National Championship as a coach.
Brito has worked with Harris before as a volunteer assistant in 2008, when Clemson won its most recent ACC title. The native of Mexico City, Mexico, was an All-ACC player in 2004 and 2005, both seasons in which Clemson advanced to the Final Four. She clinched the winning point on Clemson's 2004 ACC title, and was a team captain from 2005-07.
Brito takes over for Scott Kidd, who recently took a head coaching position at Troy University.
Tiger Tennis Camp welcomes Coach Scott Kidd, 2010 NAIA National Coach of the Year and (SSAC) Sothern States Athletic Conference award winner from Auburn University at Montgomery to return for his ninth year of coaching at Tiger Tennis Camp. Coach Scott Kidd is currently the Head Men's Tennis Coach of the Troy University Men's Tennis Program.
Coach Kidd completed three outstanding years 2011-13 as assistant women's coach for the Clemson Tigers with the 2011 and 2013 teams reaching the NCAA "Sweet 16". Prior to Clemson he had a long and very impressive resume in collegiate coaching and added much to the Tigers strength during his tenure. "Whenever you mention the name Coach Scott Kidd in coaches' circles around the world and across the nation, his name is recognized as one of the best and most sincere coaches," said Harris. "He is respected for his work ethic, integrity, and his genuine care for the student athlete. Coach Kidd cares about people and it shows by his constant effort to help others reach their goals. He is always trying to help another be their best and his results and the success of his former programs show how much he cares. We were very fortunate to have Coach Kidd join us at Clemson and I am so truly grateful for the joy, success and spirit Coach Kidd brought to our program. At Auburn Montgomery no other coach has achieved so much and left such a legacy to the history of the program as this great national coach."
Kidd became the first tennis coach in NAIA tennis history to win a decade of National Championships. During Coach Kidd's coaching career, he has won two NCCAA (men/women) National Championships and seven NAIA National Championships. In addition he has coached 1 singles ITA Super Bowl singles champion and 4 doubles ITA Super Bowl Champions.
Coach Scott Kidd's 2008 Auburn-Montgomery team recorded a phenomenal 38-0 winning season. Kidd led the Senators two years (2007 and 2008) to an undefeated record of 79 consecutive wins. Kidd was named the Southern States Athletic Conference, NAIA Region XIII and the NAIA National Coach-of-the-Year from 2006-2008. The NAIA award was his fifth consecutive season to receive the honor.
In 2009 Coach Kidd broke the NAIA record for most number of consecutive NAIA National titles with six straight women's titles a feat never accomplished.
2010 marked his 7th season as the head coach of the women's program and first year as the new men's head tennis coach at Auburn University at Montgomery. In his first season as men's head coach of the Senators he led his team to the NAIA National Title. A six time NAIA National Coach of the Year and native of the state of Alabama contributes his time and efforts to the development of young people in the sport of tennis. Having served as Head Tennis Director for Arrowhead Country Club Kidd also weekly trained some of the community's top juniors. In addition he enjoyed hosting clinics with the age groups 4-8 years helping preschool children get off to a solid beginning in the sport.
Kidd came to AUM following highly successful stops at North Greenville (S.C.) College and King (Tenn.) College, where he served as the head coach for both the men and women's programs. During his first two years at Auburn University at Montgomery he served both the men and women's program as the full time assistant coach before taking on the head coaching position for the women in the fall of 2005. Kidd became the first Assistant Coach in the NAIA to be named the National NAIA Coach of the Year in 2005. National championships are nothing new to Kidd, as he led North Greenville's men and women to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships in 2002. He was named the NCCAA Coach-of-the-Year for his efforts.
Kidd received his Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management from Virginia Intermont College and he received an associate's degree from Enterprise State (Ala.) Junior College. He holds certificates from McArthur Technical College and the School of Tomorrow Institution. Kidd presently is set to graduate in May 2010 from Auburn University Montgomery national recognized Business School with a second Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.
Scott and his wife Kristan have two sons, Tristen and Jaiden.
Coach Alix Lacelarie, former Clemson student athlete star, joins the Tiger Tennis Staff for another great year. She is currently a teaching professional in Austin, Texas where she serves as a coach for the St. Stephen's Tennis Academy. The academy produces top juniors form around the world for all divisions of collegiate play on an annual basis.
Lacelarie graduated from Clemson in Language and International Trade in 2005 and was accepted to Clemson's Master's program for Human Resources the following fall. While completing her Master's degree Alix served as a volunteer coach to the Clemson women's tennis team for the 2006 and 2007 season. In 2007, with a predominantly freshman team, Alix helped lead the Tigers to a final national rank of 11th and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen performance. The team completed a 22-5 record and made history for most number of consecutive weeks in the top ten national rankings. In 2006, Alix helped lead the Clemson program to its fifth straight NCAA Team Tournament appearance and a #18 final national ranking. The Tigers defeated five teams ranked in the top 25 en route to a 17-8 overall record, and they compiled an 8-3 record in, arguably, the nation's toughest conference.
Collegiate Career: Alix was a member of Clemson's 2004 and 2005 NCAA Final Four teams, earning All-America honors in doubles. She and her partner finished the season ranked #10 in the final ITA doubles poll and reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championships. Alix and partner Julie Coin were named to the prestigious NCAA Tournament Team. They had an 18-3 record for a .857 winning percentage that ranked sixth in Clemson history. Alix is also ranked fifth all-time with a .777 career doubles winning percentage, and her 80 career doubles victories are listed ninth in the Tiger annuals. Alix was named the Most Valuable Performer of the 2004 ACC Tournament. In singles play Alix was ranked as high as #22 in the nation during her four year tenure at Clemson. She was a two- time All-ACC honoree. Academically she achieved the Clemson Academic Honor Roll and the ACC Academic Honor Roll. During one of her two years as Team Captain, the Tigers won the ACC Championship Title. Alix was also selected the 2004 Brandon Streeter Award honored for most courageous Clemson student athlete of the year. Alix was a four-year varsity letter winner for Clemson University. Alix is married to former Clemson grad track member Scott Kautz and has two sons Benjamin and new born Lucas along with a dog named "Clemy ".
Coach Anibal Braga returns to Tiger Tennis Camp as a senior instructor Professional (PTR). He is the Head Tennis Professional at the Kroc Center in the city of Greenville, SC. Coach Braga has strong ties to the Clemson tennis programs as he served as assistant coach for both the women's (1998-2000) and men's tennis teams (2000-2001). Anibal Braga is a graduate from Auburn University at Montgomery with a degree in Business Administration (Marketing emphasis-1996). Coach Braga completed his Master's Degree at Auburn University at Montgomery in Business Administration (Global Management Option-1998). At the completion of his master's degree he joined the Clemson Tigers to help build the women's program to its current perennial top 20 status seen today. In 2001 as assistant coach to the men's program he helped guide the team to a second place finish in the ACC Championships. As a teaching professional at Green Valley Country Club his USTA league teams have captured SC State Championships. In 2005 he was Green Valley Country Club Employee of the Year.
Coach Braga played for Auburn University at Montgomery men's tennis team under Coach Harris from 1994-1996. During Coach Braga's playing years as a collegiate student athlete he helped guide his team to two National NAIA titles in 1995 and again in 1996. Coach Braga was a captain of his team and an Academic All-American during his collegiate years. His teammate Wesley Moodie of South Africa helped capture the 1996 Championship title and went on to win the 2005 Wimbledon Doubles title.
In 1997 the student-athlete Anibal Braga became Coach Braga for the first time joining the coaching staff at Auburn University at Montgomery for both the women's and men's programs. In his first year of coaching he helped guide the teams to the National Championship Finals where each team finished 2nd in the nation. "Anibal's experience as a player and coach has been at the highest level of competition in our sport. He understands how to guide a player to the highest level of achievement and has set the example for all young people to aspire to. We are very fortunate to have this caliber of coach joining us each year to help our campers. It is a privilege to know Anibal Braga," said Coach Harris.