May 29, 2012
Former Florida Atlantic University swimmer Lara Preacco, Ph.D., is the newest member of the men’s and women’s coaching staff.
Preacco is a two-time FAU alumna and swam for the Owls from 1994 to 1998. She also was 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.
“We are very excited that Lara joins our team and brings a wealth of experience as a swimmer, a coach and a student,” said Steve Eckelkamp, FAU head swimming and diving coach. “Her energy and passion for higher education and swimming will be a great addition to our program.”
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. Preacco earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University.