The future of Mattoon girls basketball continues to shine brightly with Amanda Aydt leading the way.
In three years at the helm, Aydt has coached the Green Wave through three consecutive winning seasons, back-to-back Apollo Conference championships and an overall record of 68-23. This past season culminated with a program best 30-2 record and a regional title.
The Green Wave's 65-51 victory over Champaign Central was the first time Mattoon brought home a regional championship in more than 10 years.
“I was just so excited. It's hard to put into words,” Aydt, the H&R's Area Coach of the Year, said of the win. “It's a feeling I can't describe. I am just so blessed and thankful to be able to coach in Mattoon.”
While she considers the wins and the accolades great honors, Aydt takes even greater enjoyment out of coaching her girls – a group that included the combo of Sierra Thompson and Avery Jackson.
Aydt commended the determination and character of her players. She mentioned their poise in high pressure, late-game situations as a key area of their overall improvement from last season.
“I've really enjoyed working with this group of players,” Aydt said. “They are fun to be around, they are hard workers, and they are great young ladies on and off the court. This group of seniors were in the program when I took over the head coaching position 3 years ago and they have bought in from the beginning. I have enjoyed watching them mature and become team leaders.”
Getting to know her ...
Q: Who is your greatest influence as a coach?
A: I have learned something from all of the coaches I have played for and worked with. I am grateful to all of them and appreciate everything they did for me.
Q: Do you have a favorite color, and why?
A: My favorite color is red, possibly because I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: Some of my former teammates and players call me “Max” or “Coach Max” because my maiden name is Maxedon.
Q: If you could play one-on-one with any basketball player (past or present) who would it be?
A: I would play with my twin brother, Brett Maxedon, even though he would always beat me. He always pushes me to do my best and helps me become a better person, player, competitor and coach.
Q: What's your least favorite word?
A: Can't. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13