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New mom Amber Fiene steps down as Sauk Prairie girls basketball coach amid pandemic

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SAUK PRAIRIE (WKOW)-- Amber Fiene took on the role of Head Coach for Sauk Prairie three years ago. It was a full-circle moment as it's the community she grew up in.

"It was extra rewarding, because it was a program I loved so much," Fiene said.

Her goal was to turn the program around, and she didn't envision herself leaving after a few years.

"Yeah, I definitely didn't plan on leaving after the three years."

But the coronavirus pandemic put a spin on her plan. After giving birth to her son Maverick in March, she was closely watching the trend of the pandemic. That's when Fiene started questioning what's best for her future.

"We got to planning the summer and just thinking 'is it worth it' is the question that kept coming up in my mind. Is it worth it for the girls, is it worth it for me?"

In early July, Fiene decided to step down as the Head Coach.

"Having the expectation of like I want to be the best coach for my girls, but also putting myself and my infant son in danger was kind of a big deal," Fiene said.

"Looking at Maverick, he makes it very easy to choose, and I don't regret that at all."

At the same time, she can't deny it was hard to give up on a career she's passionate about.

"It definitely weighed heavily on me and is still a hard decision to think about, but I know it's the right one for me right now."

And it may not be forever.

"I do see a future in coaching a little bit later on," Fiene said.

"I think right now I am just going to soak in my time as a mom and a teacher and enjoy just that."

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Karley Marotta

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