Andrea was born and raised in St
Charles, Missouri where she grew up with her parents and
three older brothers. She credits her brothers with
introducing her to the world of athletics and teaching her
to be strong, focused, and competitive. As a young girl,
she played almost every sport imaginable and continued to
compete in athletics throughout high school. She went on to
play collegiate soccer at the University of Missouri.
Because of Title IX, the University of Missouri started a
women’s soccer team program in 1996, and she was a member of
the inaugural team serving as team captain for two years.
Andrea graduated from MU with a B.S. in biology and worked
as a research biologist for a major pharmaceutical company.
Soon after college Andrea got engaged to her high school
sweetheart, Ryan, and they were married in August of 2000.
Ryan was a professional basketball player and played one
year in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings. He then played in
the European Basketball League, and Andrea and Ryan lived in
Holland, Greece and France and experienced all the culture
and excitement of life overseas.
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After the birth of their daughter
Kylie, they moved back to America, much to the delight of
the grandparents! Andrea is now a stay at home mom to their
four-year old daughter Kylie and two year-old son JD and
works as a commercial/lifestyle model. Andrea’s passion for
athletics is very much alive as she is a competitive
tri-athlete and has competed in more than 50 triathlons, the
longest of which was a half ironman. She is a member of the
St Louis Triathlon Club and TrismartUSA triathlon racing
team. Andrea also enjoys helping her church as part of the
leadership team of Cross Training Sports Ministry, which
plans and organizes sports events for children. Andrea and
Ryan coach their daughter’s basketball and soccer teams and
proudly proclaim that both children have a smooth follow
through, though less than accurate shooting at this time!
Andrea has chosen Fit for Life as her
platform and wants to spread her message that an active
lifestyle can have a positive impact on your family. Andrea
also serves as an ambassador for the Women’s Sports
Foundation. This foundation focuses on enhancing the lives
of women and girls through sport and physical activity. To
learn more about and support the Women’s Sports Foundation