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The Crimson and Gold Connection with Pittsburg State Head Women's Basketball Coach Amanda Davied

PSU WBBC Amanda Davied kneeling on the sideline during a game
PSU WBBC Amanda Davied kneeling on the sideline during a game

The Lady Gorillas opens up their 2023-2024 schedule with an exhibition game atKansas State on Friday November 3.

This week on the Crimson and Gold Connection we visit withPittsburg State head Women’s Basketball Coach Amanda Davied.

Below is an extended interview Coach Davied and KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro.

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Davied and her team traveled overseas this summer for two-weeks visiting Spain and playing against international teams with International Federation Basketball rules.

She speaks about the differences in coaching and playing with FIBA rules, how the NIL has changed women’s basketball in the MIAA, the relationship between Division 1 and Division 2 schools and how players transfer between the two.

She also tells us how relationships that she forged as an incoming freshmen at Pittsburg State played a huge role in this summer European trip.

Davied served 14 seasons as an assistant for the Gorillas. In her time as an assistant, PSU went 283-160, qualified for five NCAA Division II Tournaments with two Elite Eight appearances and an MIAA Regular Season Title in 2017.

Davied is entering her 6th season as PSU Head WBB Head Coach speaks candidly about the transition between being an Assistant and Head Coach.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.