Ashaway, Swain to host clinic

August 3, 2015

Ashaway, RI – Ashaway sponsored racquetball legend turned coach Cliff Swain, along with other Ashaway sponsored players, will be hosting a racquetball clinic in conjunction with the United HealthCare US Open Racquetball Championships. The event will be on the US Open Stadium Court at the Life Time Athletic Target Center in Minneapolis, MN, on Tuesday afternoon, October 6, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

CliffSwainUSOpen2014b.jpgCliff and the Ashaway players, many of whom will be competing in the US Open, will conduct a number of interactive training drills, suitable for both professional and amateur players, as well as demonstrate racquetball strategies in exhibition matches.

After the most winning career in racquetball history, Hall of Famer Cliff Swain retired from the IRT after the 2006-07 season. But he might still be the busiest guy in racquetball. He has stayed active in doubles and outdoor racquetball; coaches top players like Maria Jose Vargas, Jose Rojas, and Coby Iwaasa; manufactures and markets his own Cliff Swain Signature Series racquet; and hosts clinics and training seminars nationwide.

Now Cliff has a new job as National Racquetball Coach and Training Coordinator for Life Time Fitness, where he will be coaching at the local and national levels at the St Louis Park, MN, facility, as well as conducting remote video analysis for Life Time Fitness members anywhere in the world. Cliff swears by “the red string,” Ashaway’s PowerKill® 17. “Lot’s of people have seen me using it and now are switching,” he said. “We’re seeing the red string all over, especially here in MN, and I’m stringing it in every Cliff Swain Signature racquet.”

Bolivian born Maria Jose Vargas is an Argentine racquetball player also sponsored by Ashaway. Maria switched to the red PowerKill 17 before the 2014 US Open, where she finished runner-up. Since then Maria has been on a tear and so far has two championship victories on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), one at the 2014 Christmas Classic and the other at the 2015 New Jersey Open. She also improved her ranking from #3 last season to the current #2.

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