|Shannon Wright | Fridley, Minnesota
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 2004)
Shannon Wright dominated women’s racquetball throughout the late 1970’s and early 80’s. During her 12-year career she racked up over 35 professional tournament victories, captured seven National Championships, and finished #1 on the Women’s Professional Racquetball Association (WPRA) Tour four times. She is said, by some, to have revolutionized women’s racquetball with her hard-hitting style and aggressive play.
During her career she was heavily involved in conducting clinics throughout the country and authored “The Women’s Book of Racquetball” in 1980. Wilson Racquetball manufactured the “Shannon Wright Autograph” racquetball racquet. She competed in the 1981 ABC-TV Superstar Competition in Key Biscayne, FL where she took 3rd place. In 1976 she was named the International Racquetball Association (IRA) “Women’s Professional of the Year,” the following year was named the IRA “Athlete of the Year”, and in 1979 was selected by Racquetball Illustrated as the “Player of the Year.”
After being narrowly defeated by Lynn Adams in the 1982 National Professional Championships, Shannon left the professional circuit in 1982 to complete her education. In 1989 she earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2002 she completed her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. In 2006 she completed in her MD from the Medical School at University of Minnesota, where she currently teaches.
After induction into the Racquetball Hall of Fame in 2004, Shannon has become more active in racquetball once again. Currently she is serving on two Hall of Fame Induction Committees and has the honor of being selected as an initial member of the Board of Directors of the USA Racquetball Foundation, whose purpose is to promote and raise money for the USA Racquetball Association.
|Fran Davis | San Francisco, California
(Contributor, Inducted 2004)
Fran Davis is known throughout racquetball as one of the top clinicians in the game. She conducts the highly successful “Building Your Racquetball Dream House” racquetball camps and is credited with coaching both Sudsy Monchik and Jason Mannino.
She has also been successful as a coach for the U.S. National Team. She served as Assistant Coach for the 1990, ’92, ’94, ’96, ’98, and 2002 IRF World Champions and in 1987 she was named the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Racquetball Coach of the Year. She was also part of the 1995 U.S. Pan American Games coaching staff, helping them to sweep the competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Former U.S. National Head Coach Jim Winterton said of Fran, “Her passion for the sport is surpassed only by her energy and knowledge of the game.”
“The Hall of Fame, in any sport, is what everyone strives for,” Fran said upon hearing of her induction. “That means that you will go down in history as one of the greatest players, coaches, or contributors. To me, the biggest thing is to get in while I am still heavily involved in the sport and that I am able to share it with those close to me.”