LCAT's coaching staff brings a wealth of experience to the Las Cruces community. Our newest edition, Coach James, comes to LCAT from Mesa Aquatics in Southern California. He brings years of experience and knowledge to the club coaching swimmers at the highest levels.
LCAT's staff are all USA Swimming Certified Coaches. Under the direction of NM State 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.
Rick Pratt enters his 10th season as head coach of the New Mexico State swimming and diving program following another tremendous year. Pratt is guiding the Aggies towards becoming one of the premiere teams in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies finished third at the WAC Championships in 2014 last season and is currently in the race for the top spot for the 2015 WAC Championship. During his decade at NM State Rick has coached 2 Aggies to compete at the NCAA Championship meet, has broken every school record (most of them multiple times), was named WAC Coach of the Year in both 2009 and 2010 and continues to push the program to greatness.
As a competitor, Pratt was a two-year letterwinner and captain of the Alabama swim team until graduating in 2001. While swimming with the Crimson Tide, Pratt was the recipient of the Marshall Shoemaker Award for efforts in practice. He also participated in the 1996 Canadian Olympic Trials. After college Rick coached the Crimson Tide Aquatics club team. After his time in Alabama Rick moved to Rutgers as the Assistant Coach for 1 season. Following his season at Rutgers, Pratt moved to Las Vegas where he coached for the UNLV Rebels for 2 years.
Pratt, a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Jacob (10) and Olivia (8).
Rachel L Judge
Bronze / Special Needs Coach
Rachel grew up swimming in Scottsdale, AZ for Scottsdale Aquatic Club, with 10 years of club swimming experience. She then went on to attend New Mexico State where she swam for the Aggies under Rick Pratt for 3 years; she competed in the distance freestyle and butterfly events. Before her senior year, Rachel had a career ending shoulder injury and was unable to compete but filled the role of Student Assistant Coach for the remainder of her education. After graduating, Rachel returned to Scottsdale where she taught science and social studies and was the Head Swim Coach for Notre Dame Preparatory for 2 years. She then moved back to Las Cruces and is the current Assistant Coach for NM State Swimming.
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