Getting to Know Missouri State's Amanda Miyashita

Updated 10/28/2010
Getting to Know...Missouri State's Amanda Miyashita
Amanda Miyashita is a senior defender for the Missouri State Bears. In 2008, Miyashita was named second-team All-MAC as well as team MVP. After being redshirted a season ago, she is back for her senior year and is one of four players who have started every game this year for MSU. Despite playing on the defensive back line, Amanda has managed to make her presence felt on the offensive end of the field, scoring two goals and handing out three assists on the season. With two MAC games left in the regular season, Missouri State could finish anywhere between 4th and 6th in the standings. Their seeding will be determined this weekend as they host Ohio and Kent State at home before making the trip north to Central Michigan for the conference tournament.

1. What do you still hope to accomplish in the future?
I will be graduating this December with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in coaching. In the near future I hope to get my RASAC II and go back to school to get my Masters in counseling.  I ultimately want to be a substance abuse counselor because it is something that I have a passion for and I feel that substance abuse is a disease that many people do not understand. I would also like the opportunity to coach field hockey again in the future. I coached when I was in high school and it was just nice being able to give back to a sport that has given me so much.   

2. What are your goals for this season?
Ultimately my goal for the season is to help my team move up from the bottom of the MAC and to make a better name for Missouri State. On a personal level, my goal this season is to be named to the All-MAC First Team.

3. What were you up to this summer?
This past summer I went home (Vancouver, Canada) for a couple weeks at the beginning of the break to visit my family and friends and then returned to Springfield to take two summer classes and continue with summer workouts. I was the only one from my team in town all summer so I had to workout with the football team and I was surprised at how well lifting and running with those boys forced me to get into shape.

4. Which three people (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?
The first person that I would invite would be my grandpa Reggie (Dad's dad) because he passed away from primary liver cancer before I was born and I never had the chance to meet him. I have heard so many wonderful stories about him and he seems like he was such an interesting man, I would want to know if I were making him proud. The second person I would want to have at dinner with me is my uncle Mark (Dad's brother) he also passed away before I was born and I have also heard many intriguing stories about him. He road a motorcycle and sounds like he would have been the life of the party, he kind of reminds me of my sister Liz. The third and final person that I would invite to the dinner would be my Grandma Francis (my dad's mom). I would invite her because it would give her the opportunity to sit and have a meal and conversation with her husband and son again. Seeing the three of them reunited would fill me with so many emotions and it would be such a memorable experience to see them all interact with one another for the first time in my life. I know that it would also be special for all of them and that would only make it more special for me as well.

5. What is the most notable thing about your hometown?
Recently the most notable thing about Vancouver is that the winter Olympics were just held there. It was difficult being stuck in Springfield and hearing from my friends and family every day how amazing the Olympics were. The Olympics being held in your hometown probably happens about once in a life time and unfortunately I missed it, but it is still neat to go home and see all the new buildings and sites that were developed to host the games.

6. What was your first job? ... what was your worst job?
I had my first job ever when I was ten or eleven and it was a paper route that I shared with my little brother Matt. We delivered the local newspaper (Richmond Review) to all the houses on our street and the street over, and we always (weather permitting) wore our rollerblades so we could get it done faster. I have so many fond memories of sharing the paper route with him, it was a fun bonding experience and making money didn't hurt either. The worst job I have ever had was when I worked in the dining hall on campus one spring semester. I worked the late night dining shift from 8:30 pm to about 12:00 am, so the hours were awful and all I did was serve food to my fellow college students.

7. What is something people don't know about you?
Something that a lot of people probably don't know about me is that I am the proud mommy of my beautiful baby girl, Peyton Sachiko Riekhof. She will be turning one this November the week after conference tournament. People probably don't realize how difficult it is to leave her behind when we go on road trips or just how difficult it is to juggle her, school, an internship and field hockey. I am truly blessed and lucky to have her dad, my coaches, teammates, family and friends be so supportive of me; they have all allowed me to play out my senior year of field hockey which was an important accomplishment that I needed to achieve/do for me in my life, and without them it would have been impossible. 

8. The person from history I'd most like to meet is..
I am most interested in meeting Martin Luther King Jr. He was such an eloquent speaker, an inspiration, a leader and overall a strong and amazing man. I just feel as though he is someone that I could learn a lot from in respect to leadership (being a team captain it interests me), and he had so much to do with such an important step in America's history. 

9. What reality TV show would you most like to be on?
It would either have to be the Amazing Race or Survivor. I like the idea of going on Survivor and being out there alone because I am not sure who I would want to be partners with for the Amazing Race. Although I like the concept of the Amazing Race more. I like that there are challenges but also a lot more travel that takes place.

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas is by far my favorite holiday! My mom (Maureen) is Ms. Christmas. She does so much to make it special for each and every one of us each year. She always goes all out decorating the house, bakes way too many cookies and we always chop down our own Christmas tree and decorate it with way too many ornaments. It is generally the only time of year when my family can all get together to catch up and spend some quality time together. I have three siblings and we all have such busy lives that we rarely see one another these days.