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Former Florida Atlantic University swimmer Lara Preacco, Ph.D., is the newest member of the men's and women's coaching staff, joining in May of 2012.
Preacco swam for the Owls from 1994 to 1998, and was also an assistant coach for the team from 1998-2001 while earning her master's degree. She represented both the university and her home country of Switzerland in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and was inducted into the FAU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. Preacco is the second member of the coaching staff, along with fellow assistant coach Oliver Agh, to be both an FAU hall-of-famer and a former Olympic competitor.
Prior to coming to FAU, Preacco set five Swiss national records and captured 38 gold medals while competing at the Swiss National Championships. At FAU, she was team MVP in 1995-96 and team captain the following season.
Besides her impressive resume in the pool, Preacco also earned honorable mention in the All-American Scholar Excellence rankings, while placing on the FAU Dean's List four times and President's List three times. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the school, and earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University.