Amanda grew up in Idaho playing basketball, softball, track and volleyball. She played club for Club Idaho and high school volleyball. She was the first freshman in her school's history to play for the varsity team. She then moved and helped her new team win their first state championship and runner up the following year. She earned first team 5A all-conference and all-state awards all three years and was Idaho 5A State Player of the Year her senior year.
She played her freshman year at Utah State University as the starting middle blocker. She then transferred to Colorado State University and played starting defense and both middle blocker and outsider hitter all three years. CSU was a top 25 program each year including 3 consecutive conference championships and 3 NCAA appearances with a second round finish. She earned Most Inspirational Player her senior year. She also played internationally outside of her college team in Russia, Argentina and Italy.
After college, Amanda then coached a U18 club team, volunteered as an assistant at a university in the Midwest, and helped with both high school and club clinics and teams in various ways.
Fun facts: Amanda just moved to the area from North Carolina with her husband and three young children and their Bichon Frise puppy. She worked in adolescent and family therapy after college and is now a stay-at-home mom that also has a side business educating people about natural health and wellness with essential oils.