Incoming group balanced between track, field athletes
Clower begins her fifth season as an assistant coach for the Wyoming cross country and track and field teams in 2013-14. She came to the program as a volunteer coach in 2009 to help coach the distance squads and has played an important role both as a coach and team administrator.
She came to Laramie from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she helped coach the men's cross country team to two Southland Conference (SLC) Championships in 2007 and 2008.
While a member of the women's cross country team at Lamar, she received All-Southland Conference honors three years in a row, as well as being named to the NCAA All-South Central Region team twice. During her indoor track career, she was the SLC Open Mile Champion in 2006 and was a part of the 2006 and 2007 distance medley championship team. She was a two-time SLC Conference Champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as well as a three-time All-SLC team selection. In the same event, she qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship twice. Clower placed 22nd at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., her senior year. She also qualified for the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, where she placed 13th. She currently is the Lamar University and Southland Conference record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:16.99.
While at UW, Clower has coached the mid-distance women the past three years, qualifying Candace Wollert to the NCAA West Preliminary in the 800-meter run in 2011 and 2012 with a school record 2:08.30.
Clower came to Wyoming from Tauranga, New Zealand. She graduated in 2007, receiving her bachelor's degree from Lamar in psychology with a minor in kinesiology. Formerly Amanda King, she married Dean Clower, the head women's tennis coach at UW on Dec. 18, 2008. The couple has a daughter, Riley, born in September, 2011, and a son, Westyn, born August, 2013.