Coach Prater will enter his first year as the inaugural head men's and women's wrestling coach.
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.