After graduating from Oberlin (Ohio) College with bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Sport Psychology, Prater-Lee attended the University of Iowa. She served as graduate assistant coach for the women's program, which competes in the Big 10.
Upon completion of her master's in Sport Psychology, she returned to Oberlin in 1991. She guided the Yeomen for two years before taking the head coaching position at Vassar.
Prater-Lee also works at various summer camps and clinics.