About Fran Davis

Fran’s Dedication to Racquetball

Fran has been a great player and is a tremendous coach, but this is only one dimension of her many qualifications and of what she can offer to her students.

“In the 30+ years of involvement with the sport of racquetball, I have worked in almost every aspect of club operation, merchandising and promotion. Having visited and conducted clinics all across the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, I have studied thousands of hours of video tapes of my students during learning sessions and figured out what does and doesn’t work to vastly improve the mental and physical aspects of my students’ overall performance in their matches.”

For Fran, the important part of this experience is sharing it with as many people as possible. Everyone who comes in contact with her is immersed into her incredible energy, team spirit and enthusiasm for the game. The learning environment she provides challenges her students to experience and perform the correct fundamentals of their stroke mechanics and invoke winning thought processes and strategies throughout their matches.

Fran’s Career Highlights and Achievements:

  • Present Coach to Professional Players Rocky Carson, #2 IRT (International Racquetball Tour) Pro Player, Paola Longoria, #1 LPRT (Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour) Pro Player
  • Present Coach to Junior National & World Champions Jordan Cooperrider, Girls 16 & Under Champion, Wayne Antone, Boys 16 & Under Champion, Mitchell Turner, Boys 14 & Under Champion…and all Junior US National Team & World Championship Team Members (see Professional Coaching Record below)
  • 2011 & 2015 Pan American Coach to Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria, Pan American Gold Medalist’s
  • 2011-2015 World Champion Coach to Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria, Gold Medalist’s
  • 2011 Co-Author of new book, “Championship Racquetball” with Jason Mannino, published by Human Kinetics
  • 2011 – Present Commentator on the IRT Network (streams the IRT)
  • 2011 – Present Writer for the IRT Newsletter at www.IRT-TOUR.com
  • 1987 – Present Writer for USAR (United States Amateur Racquetball) National Racquetball Magazine with articles such as, “The Making of a Champion” and also the prior racquetball magazine, “Killshot”
  • 2011 – 2012 Part-Time Faculty for Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA
  • 2010 – Present USAR-IP  (United States Amateur Racquetball – Instructor’s Program)  Master Professional Instructor Program (Developed and designed the new teacher/coaching program for USAR-IP and prior to that previous organizations PARI and AmPRO)
  • 1989 – Present Conducted over 2,000 Camps/Clinics Nationally and Worldwide, literally thousands of players of all levels of ability
  • 2009 USAR Woman of the Year
  • 2004 Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2003 Developed, designed and produced Instructional Video, “Building Your Racquetball Dream House” featuring Fran Davis, Jason Mannino and Sudsy Monchik
  • Coached Legends Jason Mannino (2000-2010, achieved #1 IRT ranking 2003) and Sudsy Monchik (achieved #1 IRT ranking 5 times)
  • Coached 6 Juniors to National and World Championships’ 2005 – 2014 (see Professional Coaching Record below)
  • 1983 – Present Sponsored by HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports 
  • 1999-Present HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports National Promotions Coordinator
  • U.S. National Racquetball Team Coach 1989-96, 2002 winning World Championships’ 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 & 2002
  • 2000-2001 California AIDS Ride raised over $10,000 within Racquetball Events
  • 1997 USOC Racquetball Coach of the Year
  • 1997 /1998 International Woman’s Sports Hall of Fame Finalist
  • 1995 Pan American Coach – Gold Medal U.S. National Racquetball Team
  • 1990 – 2000 USRA Elite Training Camp Instructor at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • 1990 Feature Instructor in the AARA/RMA Video, “Learn Your Lesson’s Part 1”
  • 1989-1992 American Diabetes Volunteer raised over $100,000 in Racquetball-a-Thons and received both a Fundraising and Service Award
  • 1989 – 1994 United States Olympic Festival Coach  
  • 1978, 1989-1992 National Champion
  • 1988 Author of AARA Elite Training Guide
  • IRHSA and Club Industry Speaker for 10 years
  • 1981-1983 President of the Women’s Professional Racquetball Association (WPRA) now called LPRT
  • 1980 – 1988 Women’s Professional Racquetball Player
  • 1979 One of the Authors of “How to Improve Your Racquetball” (winning techniques from the stars)

Fran’s Philosophy

“I have a very basic and simple philosophy of the game; I build games from the ground up, similar to the construction of a building. It is a logical step by step process of teaching. I start with the strokes (foundation), then build up to strategy/court position (frame), then add the serves/service returns (roof) and then add the finishing touches like mental/physical toughness (doors, windows, accessories).”

Fran’s Playing and Coaching Resume

PROFESSIONAL PLAYING RECORD:

1986 WPRA 1985-86 Final Season Ranking 5th
1984 Bud Light Pro Racquetball Classic, Auburn, Mass. Rnd of 16/singles
1984 Bud Light Pro Racquetball Classic, Auburn, Mass. Qtrs/doubles w/Drexler
1984 WPRA 1983-84 Final Season Ranking 11th
1984 DP National Championships, Atlanta, Ga. Rnd of 32/singles
1984 Ektelon National Championships, Anaheim, Calif. Rnd of 16/singles
1984 WPRA National Championships, Ft. Worth, Texas Semifinalist/singles
1984 Pac West Pro-Am, Seattle, Wash. Quarterfinalist/singles
1984 Lite Beer Pro-Am, Bangor, Maine Semifinalist/singles
1983 Big Star Holiday Cup, Atlanta, Ga. Rnd of 16/singles
1983 Big Star Holiday Cup, Atlanta, Ga. Semis/doubles w/Harding
1983 WPRA 1982-83 Final Season Ranking 19th
1983 Ektelon National Championships, Anaheim, Calif. Rnd of 32/singles
1983 Pacific West Tournament, Seattle, Wash. Rnd of 32/singles
1983 Schoeber’s Spring Classic, San Francisco, Calif. Rnd of 16/singles
1983 Lite Beer New England Championships, Bangor, Maine Rnd of 16/singles
1983 Riverbend Pro Classic, Ft. Worth, Texas Rnd of 16/singles

PROFESSIONAL COACHING RECORD:

2010 -Present Rocky Carson #2 IRT Pro Player, 10 time National & 4 time World Champion, 2 time Pan American Champion, 15 times a Member of the US National Team, 10X Outdoor National Champion
2009 – Present Paola Longoria #1 LPRT Pro Player, 5 time Mexican National & World Champion, Mexican Jr. National & 5 time World Champion, Mexican National Team, 2 time Pan American Champion, 10 times a Member of the Mexican National Team
2010 – Present Jordan Cooperrider Girls 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under Junior National Champion, Member of Junior US National Team & World Championship Team
2010 – Present Wayne Antone Boys 12 & under, 16 & under Junior National Champion, Member of Junior US National Team & World Championship Team
2012 – Present Mitchell Turner Boys 14 & under JuniorNational Champion, Member of Junior US National Team & World Championship Team
2011 – 2013 Lexi York Girls 12 & 14 & under Junior National Champion, Member of Junior US National Team & World Championship Team
2009 – 2012 Sharon Jackson National Intercollegiate National Champion, LPRT Pro Player
2005 – 2011 Taylor Knoth Boy’s 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, and 18 & under Junior National & World Champion Member Junior US National Team for 8 years…20+ Gold and Silver Medals, H.S. National Champion, National Intercollegiate National Champion, IRT Pro Player
2011 – 2014 Spencer Shoemaker Boys 14 & under, 16 & under Junior National Champion, Member of Junior US National Team & World Championship Team
2011 – 2014 Connor Laffey Boys 16 & under, Boys 18 & under Junior National Champion, Member of Junior US National Team & World Championship Team
2006 – 2011 Devon Pimentelli Girl’s 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under Junior National Champion Junior National Champion, Member of Junior US National Team & World Championship Team…10 Gold & Silver Medals 
2002 – 2010 Jason Mannino #1 IRT Pro Player 2003 and Top 5 Pro Player for 12 years
1996 – 2002 Sudsy Monchik 5 time #1 IRT Pro Player 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, & 2000 and Top 4 Pro Player for 12 years
2002 IRF World Championships, Puerto Rico 1st/World Cup
1997 – 2001 Jr. National and World Champions – Bart and Brooke Crawford 15 Gold and Silver Medals between them
1997 – 2000 Nick Arturo Boys 8 & under, 10 & under and 12 & under Junior National and World Champion…10 Gold Medals
1996 IRF World Championships, Phoenix, AZ 1st/World Champions
1995 Pan American Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st/Team Gold
1994 Pan American Games Qualifier, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st/Team Gold
1994 IRF World Championships, San Luis Potosi, Mexico 1st/World Champions
1994 U.S Olympic Festival, St. Louis, MO 4th/South Team
1994 PARC IX Tournament of the Americas, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st/Team Gold
1993 U.S. Olympic Festival, San Antonio, Texas 4th/South Team
1993 PARC VIII Tournament of the Americas, Cochabamba, Bolivia 1st/Team Gold
1992 IRF World Championships, Montreal, Canada 1st/World Champions
1992 PARC VII Tournament of the Americas, Teguciaqalpa, Honduras 1st/Team Gold
1991 U.S. Olympic Festival, Los Angeles, CA 3rd/West Team
1991 PARC VI Tournament of the Americas, Santiago, Chile 1st/Team Gold
1990 IRF World Championships, Caracas, Venezuela 1st/World Champions
1990 U.S. Olympic Festival, Minneapolis, MN North Team
1990 PARC V Tournament of the Americas, Jacksonville, FL 1st/Team Gold
1989 U.S. Olympic Festival, Oklahoma City, OK 3rd/East Team
1989 PARC IV Tournament of the Americas, San Jose, Costa Rica 1st/Team Gold
1989 USA National Team Coach – Technical Advisor

AMATEUR PLAYING RECORD:

2002 Ektelon 35th U.S. National Doubles Championships Quarters/Mixed Open 45+
Quarters/Mixed Open 30+
1993 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Doubles Championships 2nd/Mixed35 w/Hastings
1992 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Doubles Championships 1st/Mixed35+ w/Hastings
1991 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Doubles Championships 1st/Mixed35+ w/Hastings
1990 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Doubles Championships 1st/Women’s30+ w/Lyons
1990 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Doubles Championships 1st/Mixed35+ w/Hastings
1989 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Doubles Championships 1st/Mixed30+ w/Hastings
1989 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Doubles Championships 3rd/Women’s30+ w/Ludwig
1989 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Singles Championships Quarters/Women’s Open
1989 Ektelon AARA U.S. National Singles Championships Quarters/Women’s 30+
1978 U.S. National Doubles Championships 1st/Women’s Open w/Lee

For the past 25 years, Fran Davis has been intimately involved in racquetball. Her passion for the sport is surpassed only by her energy and knowledge of the game. As a competitor, she has been a National Champion, U.S. National Coach and U.S. Olympic Coach. Her 1990, 1992, 1994,1996, and 2002 teams won World Championships. She is also regarded as one of the greatest instructors available anywhere in the game today.

HOF 35th Anniversary About Page

“I was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 and have had a chance to reflect on one of the BEST evenings of my life in the sport. As an athlete or coach of any sport the lifelong dream is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as that is the HIGHEST honor you could EVER achieve…the sport is recognizing you for your contributions over the years. Bud Muelhisen summed up the meaning of this honor very clearly, “All these people being recognized tonight are all good competitors, but the real reason they are in the Hall of Fame is because they gave back to the sport.”

When I received the letter from the Hall of Fame committee that I was chosen I felt so many emotions ranging from excitement, happiness, elation, to jumping for joy. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that anything could match the evening that I was inducted, but I was wrong. The Grand Gala Hall of Fame 35th Anniversary Celebration was also a night to remember and was one of the best evenings of my life. To know I am one of only 35 Racquetball Hall of Famers in the world is an incredible feeling and honor.

Sharing that night with the other Hall of Famers, the racquetball community, and my personal family was unbelievable. More proud and joyous memories were created that night which have gone into my personal bank of Greatest Achievements and can NEVER be taken away from me.

I will continue to give back to this sport for as long as I am still breathing because the sport and the people involved have been so good to me. The friends I have made, the extended family I now have, and the memories I continue to create and share is what keeps me going day to day. I wouldn’t give it up or trade it for anything.

“Thanks to ALL my students, colleagues, sponsors and my immediate/extended family for supporting me, believing in me and just loving me for whom I am.”