Head Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country Coach
Natalie Bach-Prather is entering her sixth 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 nine years and the men's coach for seven 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 five consecutive years.
This past year she fielded stronger teams in the fifth season of the program that made some noise at the American Southwest Conference Championship track meet. The women's team took home fifth place overall, while the men's team produced a third place finish in the ASC Championship meet. Bach-Prather produced a champion in the women's 400m hurdles, with Brooklen Butler taking home first place. The men's side produced two first place finishes, first in the 4x100m relay and Mack Broussard winning first overall in the 10,000m run.
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.
Assistant Track Coach
Jamaal Anthony Williams is entering his third year as the assistant coach for cross country and track and field at East Texas Baptist University. He served as the graduate assistant during the 2016 season and was brought on as the assistant the following year.
As a student-athlete, he started his career spending one year at Xavier University where finished ninth in the GCAC as a freshman receiving All-Conference honors. During track season he helped the 4x800 meter relay to a GCAC championship qualifying for NAIA nationals and then was runner-up in the 800 meter run.
The following year he transferred to the Wiley College where he majored in History. He was then a part of school history being a member of 2015 cross country team that won the first Red River Athletic Conference title since the sport was started at the school. He was won a RRAC championship in track by winning the 800 meter in 2014. He went to the national cross country meet every year he was in college and remained on the Dean’s List all three years while attending Wiley College. His junior year he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he would become both the vice president and chapter president by his senior year.
After graduating from Wiley in 2016, he went on to attend East Texas Baptist University where he would receive his master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Leadership. He has a daughter Aubrey Nicole Williams whom was born on May 27th, 2016, 15 days after he received his first degree.