College: Stephen F. Austin State University
Hometown: Georgetown, Texas
Amanda Rister joined the Frank Phillips College program as the Head Coach in March 2016 after spending the previous season as Assistant Coach at Hill College. Rister helped lead the Lady Rebels to 12-0 conference play and an 11th place finish at the NJCAA national tournament, placing a middle blocker on the 2nd team All-American team.
Prior to Hill, Rister played overseas and attained her Master in Science, Business Management, from Durham University in Durham, England, United Kingdom. In the 2014-2015 season, Rister played libero leading the team to a 2nd place finish in the BUCS Championship, 2nd place in BUCS Premier North, undefeated 1st place at National Student Cup, and undefeated 1st place in NVL Division 2 North.
Rister finished her two years of playing eligibility at NCAA Division 1 Stephen F. Austin State University as a setter and defensive specialist. Prior to SFA, Rister was an All American setter in 2011 at Temple College. She finished her two-year career with 3,006 assists, captaining the lady leopards to two appearances at the NJCAA national tournament, two conference championships, and two region championships, gaining Newcomer of the Year, Setter of the Year, and First Team All-Conference twice and Player of the Week for the NTJCAC, and All Region Tournament team twice. Other coaching experience includes three club seasons and multiple camps.
Rister graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University summa cum laude in 2014 boasting a 4.0 GPA, majoring in kinesiology. She was awarded the Texas American College of Sports Medicine Major of the Year along with multiple academic scholarships, making the Southland Conference Commissioners honor roll twice, and being named the 2014 Murray Shaw Scholar Athlete. Rister plans on utilizing this experience to ensure the academic success of the Lady Plainsmen.
Rister was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes at TC and SFA serving as President of the club and working FCA summer camps for 6 years. In Nacogdoches, Rister taught 2nd grade Sunday school at Grace Bible Church for two years.