LCAT Coaching Staff

LCAT's coaching staff, who  are all USA Swimming Certified Coaches, brings a wealth of experience to the Las Cruces community.  Under the direction of New Mexico State University Swimming and Diving's Head Coach Rick Pratt, the team is the most competitive group of swimming professionals in Las Cruces and in the state! 

We are confident that whatever your swimming needs our professional, highly experienced staff can help. 

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Coaching Staff

Daniel France

Head Coach, Senior & Senior Prep


Head Coach Dan France has been at the helm of LCAT since 2017, bringing with him a wealth of experience both in the pool as a swimmer and on the deck as a coach. Within just his first year and a half as head coach, Dan produced 5 individual state champions, 3 relay team state champions, and numerous Age Group Zones, Senior Zones, and Sectionals qualifiers. Prior to joining LCAT, Dan was Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s teams at Adams State University from 2011-2017 and an Assistant Coach at Colorado Mesa University from 2008-2011. During his time at Adams State, Dan led the team in breaking all 46 school records, produced 4 conference champions and 2 NCAA Division II qualifiers, and was the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2013. While at Colorado Mesa, Dan helped recruit over 90 student athletes and his swimmers broke all 38 school records. Dan grew up in a military family and had the opportunity to live all over the world, swimming competitively in South Korea, Philippines, Okinawa, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, and Great Britain. His swimming accomplishments include Junior National qualifier, high school All-American, multiple time Colorado Age Group State Champion, Division II National Qualifier and All-American, and broke multiple records at Air Academy High School and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Dan sums up his coaching philosophy with these quotes:  “Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care!” and “When it comes to the work, Show me! Don’t tell me!”

Rick Pratt

Team Owner


Team Owner Rick Pratt expanded his role at LCAT by joining the coaching staff in the Fall of 2018. Meanwhile, he continues in his Head Coach position of the New Mexico State University Women’s swimming and diving program. Since taking the reins at NMSU in 2005, Rick has guided the Aggies towards becoming one of the premiere teams in the Western Athletic Conference. During his tenure at NMSU, Rick has coached 2 Aggies to compete at NCAA Championships, his swimmers have set or broken more than 58 school records, he was named Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 4 times, and he continues to push the program to greatness. Prior to NMSU, Rick was an assistant coach at University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two years and helped coach the men’s and women’s teams to their first ever Mountain West Conference titles. Rick previously was an assistant coach at Rutgers where he worked with swimmers who lowered 22 school records during the 2002-03 season. As a competitor, Rick was a two-year letterwinner and captain of the University of Alabama swim team until graduating in 2001. While swimming with the Crimson Tide, Rick was the recipient of the Marshall Shoemaker Award for efforts in practice. He also competed in the 1996 Canadian Olympic Trials. In his spare time, Rick enjoys playing the guitar. Rick, a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Jacob and Olivia.

Chris Chavez

Gold, Silver, Pre-Bronze & Masters


Chris Chavez joined the LCAT coaching staff at the beginning of the 2018 short course season. He quickly became a valued member by coaching multiple groups throughout the year. Prior to LCAT, Chris was an assistant coach and later head coach for the Aggie Outlaws swim team in Las Cruces from 2015-2018. Chris grew up in Roswell, NM and was a competitive swimmer from ages 8 through 13. He later renewed his passion for being in the pool and began swimming again in 2018, learning from and being motivated by LCAT Owner and New Mexico State University Head Coach Rick Pratt. Chris graduated from NMSU with a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and agricultural business. He stays connected to his hometown by raising fish in Roswell and using their droppings to fertilize some fantastic greens and herbs.

Rachel L Judge

Substitute for All Groups


Rachel Judge has been a member of the LCAT coaching staff since 2014. She has coached all levels, including special needs and masters, as well as served as Head Coach from 2016-2017. She currently coaches all LCAT groups on a substitute basis. Rachel is also the Associate Head Coach for the Women’s Swimming and Diving program at her alma mater, New Mexico State University, where she has been coaching since 2013. Under her coaching assistance, the Aggie women have broken 10 school records, produced 6 conference champions, 2 conference freshman of the year, and 1 conference swimmer of the year, and earned the Western Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award. Prior to joining NMSU, Rachel was the assistant and later head coach at Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, AZ from 2011-2013, while also teaching 6th grade science and social studies at Desert Canyon Middle School. Rachel grew up in Williston Park, NY and Scottsdale, AZ. Her high school swimming career included serving as team captain, being a 4 year letter winner, and winning two state championships, two district titles, and a regional championship. She went on to swim at NMSU, specializing in distance freestyle and butterfly. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, as well as earned the 2010 Linda Schroeder Academic Award and was named the 2010 Community Service Athlete of the Year. Rachel enjoys music, crafting and being outdoors.


Board of Directors

Blaine Mynatt



Chuck Creusere

Vice President


Lara Prihodko



Jeanette Skow

Social Media Chair


Dina Schroeder



Durango Ayala

Meet Director


McKinney Briske

Social Chair


John Kutinac

Fundraising Chair


Yoona Valencia

Team Representative