Trena Peel Prater has left her position as head coach at Buffalo and accepted the assistant coaching position at Central Florida.
Prater replaces Corrie Hill on the Knights’ staff, and comes to UCF after spending four seasons as head coach at Buffalo.
At Buffalo, Prater amassed a win-loss record of 69-142, as well as a 27-55 mark in Mid-American conference play. She led the Bulls to a MAC East division title in her first season at the program’s helm, but failed to post a winning record in the years since that time. The Bulls posted a record of 9-46 during the 2017 season, with a 3-21 conference record.
In addition to her time at Buffalo, Prater’s resume also includes three years as head coach at Hampton, as well as assistant coaching stints at George Washington, Maryland, and Mississippi Valley State.
As a player, Peel was named the 2002 SEC Player of the Year and is considered one of the all-time greats in LSU program history. She three times earned all-conference honors as a Tiger and would later go on to enjoy a six-year career in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
UCF finished the 2017 season with a record of 29-23 and collected an 11-7 record in conference play. The Knights earned the #3 overall seed to the American conference tournament, but were upset in the first round by #6 seed East Carolina.