Valuable lessons offered by racquetball book

March 5, 2011

Champaign, IL— Racquetball players looking to take their games to the next level can now turn to the world-renowned playing and coaching skills of Fran Davis and Jason Mannino. Their upcoming book, Championship Racquetball (Human Kinetics, 2011), not only offers thorough coverage of drills and tactics, it also delves into planning for each competition, including conditioning, psyching out the opponent, goal setting, and maintaining training and tournament logs.

With over two dozen professional racquetball championships between them, Davis and Mannino have reached the pinnacle of their sport as players and coaches. Davis won four national titles as a player and has coached at the junior and professional levels, leading multiple professional athletes to the number-one ranking and five juniors to world titles. Mannino has been ranked first in the world multiple times and remains one of the most popular players on the International Racquetball Tour. He trained thousands of students during his 15-year professional teaching career.

With this comprehensive book, readers will experience 76 solo and partner drills and skills covering attacking forehands, penetrating backhands, dominating serves and returns, and numerous specialty shots. Professional profiles and tips from the top names in the sport, including contributions from former top-ranked player Sudsy Monchik, are rounded into form by hall of fame coach Fran Davis and world champion Jason Mannino, making Championship Racquetball the bible for intermediate and advanced players.

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Championship Racquetball

by Fran Davis and Jason Mannino

E-book ISBN 978-0-7360-8980-7 · $17.95


Fran Davis’ career has spanned 30 years as a competitor and coach. She instructed top professional and world champion junior players, including Paola Longoria, Rocky Carson, Taylor Knoth, and Jason Mannino. She served as the U.S. national team coach for 8 years; during her time as a player, she won 4 national championships.

Davis was selected by USA Racquetball as the Woman of the Year in 2009. In 2004, she was inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame for her excellence and dedication to the sport.

Davis is a staff writer for Racquetball Magazine and serves as a commentator for IRT Network ( She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Jason Mannino has been playing professionally and coaching for over 15 years. He has been ranked as the No. 1 player in the world during 3 different seasons and ended 2003 as the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Player of the Year. In 1998, he received the IRT Most Improved Player Award; in 1996, he was named IRT Rookie of the Year.

Mannino served on the International Racquetball Board for over 5 years and was instrumental in developing the governance for the International Racquetball Tour. He now serves as president of the IRT.

Mannino has contributed to numerous articles for Racquetball Magazine and on the Men’s Professional Racquetball Forum. He resides in California.