UC Santa Cruz's Department of Athletics and Recreation has hired Courtnie Prather as Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator.
Prather joins UC Santa Cruz from Loyola University in New Orleans, where she served as the Assistant Director of Athletics for the past three years. She also helped reinstate Homecoming for the first time in decades and worked to increase community engagement at the campus.
In her position with the Wolf Pack, Prather led the athletic department's internal affairs, including the operations of the University Sports Complex and game day activities. She also assisted with sport supervision, financial operations, and external affairs for Loyola Athletics. Additionally, Prather served as the Wolf Pack’s adviser for Title IX, Title VII, LBGTQAI+ and Mental Health First Aid, as well as serving on numerous campus-community committees.
Prather also served a critical role in developing the Southern States Athletic Conference Women Leaders Initiative (WLI), which provides mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities that aid in advancing the professional and personal goals of women coaches, administrators, and support staff.
Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, Prather spent three years (2013-2016) at Southern University in Baton Rouge as the Women’s Soccer Head Coach after serving as the program’s assistant coach from 2010-13.
At Southern, the Jaguars won their first-ever Western Division Championship in 2013 and advanced to the Southwestern Athletic Conference semifinals twice during her tenure. Off the field, Prather was responsible for the creation of Southern’s R.R.I.S.S (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Servant) initiative, which served the local communities low-income schools and children. Prather oversaw the soccer program’s annual budgets and fundraising efforts, leading to a 500% increase in program annual giving, which was a major contribution to the development of Jaguar Park, Southern University’s on-campus soccer stadium.
Prior to her time at Southern, Prather worked as an assistant soccer coach at William Carey University from 2004-10. During that time, Prather earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Coaching and her master’s degree in Psychology.
Before entering the coaching profession, the San Antonio native had two separate stints in the United States Armed Forces, serving as a stock control technician in the Air Force for three years before taking the role of automated logistical specialist in the Texas Army National Guard from 2000-2004.