Tennis Camp

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Game Changers Tennis Camp

Tennis anyone? Tennis players grades 6–12 will have the pleasure of spending the week with coach Douglas Smeltzer, the tennis coach at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg Campus. Finishing up his first year coaching, both the men’s and women’s team earned AMCC tournament berths this year and reached the semifinals. Other UPG tennis players will also be joining the staff as assistant coaches. This is a 3 night event.

Game changer tennis camp will be have the following objectives:
-Glorify God and Jesus
-Each day we will do:
-Bible study
-Prayer
-Tennis stroke biomechanics and drilling
-Tactics
-Strategy
-Doing your best
-The mental game
-What is winning?
-Build weapons
-Consistency
-Singles vs doubles
-Play and compete
-All Court game including power and consistency
-Conditioning
-Helping the unfortunate
-Tennis for life, and for a lifetime

Activities Include

Meet your Dean, Douglas Smeltzer

Doug Smeltzer is currently serving as the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Smeltzer graduated in May of 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Accounting.

During his three seasons playing for the University of Pittsburgh at GreensburgBobcats, Smelzter was a two-time All-Conference selection and was named Academic All-AMCC as a senior. Smeltzer received Scholar Athletic distinction as both a junior and senior and was also selected to the AMCC Sportsmanship Team twice during his playing career.

In his time at Pitt-Greensburg, Smelzter was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a tutor for both Financial and Managerial Accounting. He also founded and serves as the Director of the Legion Keener Opener Tennis Tournament in Latrobe, where he develops schedules for over 60 players in nine divisions. Proceeds raised from the Tournament are donated for various Parks and Recreation groups in the Latrobe area.

In addition to serving as the tennis coach at Pitt-Greensburg, Smelzter works full-time at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

Meet your Dean, George Dieffenbach

Your tennis coach has a wealth of experience. For three decades, George Dieffenbach was the sole name affiliated with Pitt the tennis program. His legacy has seen numerous feats, including the 2012 season when he achieved his 500th career victory in a 6-1 win over Bucknell on Feb. 4. Coach Dieffenbach concluded his tenure with the men’s program with a 189-157 record from 1976-95 and has collected another 318 wins at the helm of the women’s team since 1981.

With 318 victories he is Pitt’s all-time winningest coach on the women’s side. He has also led the Panthers to 24 Big East Championship berths. Most recently he guided Pitt to it’s highest-ever finish in the conference tournament, after clinching a first round victory over Cincinnati (4-3) during the 2008-09 season. The Panthers finished seventh overall that year.

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