ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Fontbonne University Director of Athletics, Maria Buckel, is pleased to announce Amond Prater as the inaugural Head Men's and Women's Wrestling Coach.
"I'm excited to welcome Coach Amond Prater into a new role within our department in leading our inaugural wrestling programs," said Buckel. "Coach Prater has an extensive wrestling background and is highly regarded in the wrestling community locally and nationally. Coach Prater brings many skills to our department outside of wrestling. Therefore, I look forward not only to his leadership in building our wrestling programs but the impact he has on our department."
"It's exciting because I feel Fontbonne is a hidden gem, especially in the wrestling community now as it's a chance to get more high school students an opportunity to wrestle in college," said Prater. "I'm definitely excited about the opportunity."
Prater is all too familiar with Fontbonne as he's currently the strength and conditioning coach for the men's volleyball team. "I'm excited about working with a familiar staff and knowing the area will help out," Prater added.
Outside of Fontbonne, Prater is the current Head Wrestling Coach at Fox High School. There, he oversees the development of all levels of the wrestling program, coordinates fundraising events to help program financially and monitors academic progress of student-athletes to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
Also at Fox, Prater's been the Special Education Teacher. This year, Prater was named the Fox High School Teacher of the Year.
Since July 2015, he's been a part of the Missouri National Team coaching staff where he prepares athletes across the state to compete at regional and national tournaments by facilitating practices to work on techniques and conditioning.
Prior to his time with Fox, Prater spent two years as the Assistant Wrestling Coach at Seckman High School.
He's certified in Social Science 9-12, Special Education, IYCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach, along with being a USA Wrestling Bronze Level Coach.
He's a 2006 graduate from the University of Missouri Columbia with a Bachelor of General Studies: Emphasis in Music, History and Education. Also, at the University of Missouri, Prater was a three year letter winner in wrestling and notched 71 career victories.
He went on to earn his Masters of Educational Administration – Secondary and Master of Arts in Teaching: Emphasis in Secondary Education Social Studies from Missouri Baptist University.
Fans make sure to stay updated on fontbonnegriffins.com for more updates on the men's and women's wrestling programs.