Lisl Prater-Lee recently completed her 21st season as the Vassar College head men's and women's swimming and diving coach in 2014-15. Prater-Lee joined Vassar in 1993, and has steadily increased the squad size as the program continues to improve.
Under her guidance, Vassar has produced two All-Americans on the women’s side; the most recent coming in 2015 with Julia Cunningham’s seventh place finish in the 200 butterfly. Prater-Lee has coached seven NCAA qualifiers on the women’s side between the swimming and diving programs, while her staff was named the 2005 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prater-Lee's Brewers on both the men's and women's sides have experienced immense success over the past two seasons, as the squads have combined to set 26 new school records (11 men, 13 women) since 2013.
The Brewers have also excelled in the classroom under Prater-Lee’s tutelage, as the squads combined for 20 Liberty League All-Academic selections and 19 UNYSCSA All-Academic honorees in 2014-15. Both squads also earned the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Awards in 2014. The Vassar men ranked No. 8 in the country out of 98 qualified programs in team GPA (3.45), while the women (3.53) were No. 21 out of 138 schools.
After graduating from Oberlin (Ohio) College with bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Sport Psychology, Prater-Lee attended the University of Iowa. She served as graduate assistant coach for the women's program, which competes in the Big 10.
Upon completion of her master's in Sport Psychology, she returned to Oberlin in 1991. She guided the Yoemen for two years before taking the head coaching position at Vassar.
Prater-Lee also works at various summer camps and clinics.