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COACHES

Natalie Bach-Prather
Head Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country Coach

Natalie Bach-Prather is entering her fifth year as the men's and women’s head track & field coach after starting the program in January 2014.  She has been the head women's cross country coach for eight years and the men's coach for six years. In this time, she has produced 10 All-ASC runners. She currently is the south-southwest NCAA Regional rep for cross country and track and field and will hold the post for four consecutive years.

This past year she fielded stronger teams in the fourth season of the program that made some noise at the American Southwest Conference Championship track meet. She produced another three All-ASC athletes in Zack Biles, Chase Sojka, and Thomas Reynolds as well as several ASC runners-up.

She has a strong background in training being certified by the Cooper Institute as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and nutritional instructor.  She has ran in the 2011, 2013, and 2014 Boston Marathons and competed in Ironman Texas in 2012. She competes year round as a sponsored triathlete, and has received All-American for USAT triathlon four years in a row. Natalie qualified for the Age-Group World Championships in triathlons for her age category and represented the United States in Chicago, Ill., in September 2015. She qualified for Age-Group Nationals just 8 months after having a baby and will compete in Cleveland, Ohio in August of 2018.

She graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2008 and completed her master’s degree in December 2012 from Stephen F. Austin State University.  She is married to Michael Prather and had their first son, Benjamin Prather on January 2, 2017.  At East Texas Baptist as an athlete, she was a four-year letter winner on the cross country team from 2005-08 where she was an All-American Southwest Conference runner in 2006.

 

Jamaal Williams
Assistant Track Coach

Bio coming soon!