(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brett Simpson today announced the appointment of Courtnie Prather as assistant athletic director. Prather comes to the Wolf Pack by way of Southern University, where she spent the last four years as head soccer coach.
“We are excited to welcome Courtnie Prather to Loyola. As a former student athlete and head coach, she understands the importance of developing students to lead lives with and for others. The enthusiasm and energy that she brings to her work will be a tremendous asset to our department as she leads the day to day operations of Wolf Pack Athletics and the University Sports Complex,” said Simpson.
In her new position with the Wolf Pack, Prather will lead the internal affairs of the athletic department including the operations of the University Sports Complex and game day activities. She will also assist with sport supervision, financial operations, and external affairs for Loyola Athletics.
“This is an incredible opportunity and I am privileged to join the Wolf Pack family, said Prather. “Working for and representing one of the premier Jesuit higher-learning institutions in intercollegiate athletics is an honor. I look forward to making the city of New Orleans my home, and would like to thank Wolf Pack Athletic Director, Brett Simpson, support staff, coaches, and university administrators for trusting me as the next Assistant Athletic Director of The Pack”.
At Southern, the Jaguars won their first-ever Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in 2013 and advanced to the conference semifinals twice during her tenure. Off the field, Prather oversaw and managed the soccer programs annual operational budget and helped spearhead fundraising efforts, which led to an increase of 500% in program annual giving. She served as the program’s assistant coach from 2010-12.
Prather was also responsible for the creation of Southern’s R.R.I.S.S initiative, which served the local communities low-income schools and children.
Prior to her time at Southern, Prather worked as an assistant soccer coach at Southern States Athletic Conference rival William Carey University from 2004-10. During that time, Prather earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Coaching before receiving a master’s degree in Psychology in 2010.
Before entering the coaching profession, Prather 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.