MENOMONIE, Wisc. (Jan. 4, 2018) - Friends and family are mourning the death of former AAU member and UW-Stout basketball standout Amanda Geissler, one of 10 Americans killed in a charter plane crash Sunday Dec 31st in Costa Rica.
Geissler, was a guide for the California-based adventure travel company Backroads, played for Wisconsin AAU girls basketball club the Wisconsin Viking Club from 1997 through 2003. She coached Team Wisconsin/Viking Club teams throughout her college career, including volunteering at the the 2005 AAU Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans, La. while competing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for women’s basketball coach Mark Thomas and assistant coach Mark Noll.
That same day, longtime AAU member Mark Noll, one of Amanda’s former coaches at Wisconsin-Stout, escaped serious harm as the passenger of a bus carrying his University of Dubuque women’s basketball team home.
The Division III team was driving back from a tournament in Nashville, Tenn. When the bus driver passed out going 70 mph, assistant coach Justin Smith leapt from his seat and stopped the bus after ripping a dozen dividers separating the highway. Apart from the driver, everyone on the bus was OK.
“I am in shock,” said Keith Noll, Wisconsin AAU Governor, AAU Hockey and Football National Chair. “When two things like this happen so closely together, you just can’t wrap your head around it. Amanda was a great player and a good person, a role model. She will be missed.”
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