Coaching Staff

Keely McMillon

Keely McMillon

Director of Softball Operations

Keely McMillon joined the University of Iowa softball program as the Director of Operations in September of 2017.
McMillon joins Iowa after four years as the Director of Operations for Olympic sports at Liberty University.
The Vermontville, Michigan, native worked as a graduate assistant in the Liberty Department of Sports Management from 2011-13. During the 2013 season, she served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Lady Flames' softball team.
In 2012, McMillon coached softball at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia.
McMillon was a catcher for the Lady Flames softball team from 2008-11. A four-year starter, primarily behind the plate, she played a key role as a senior on the Lady Flames' 2011 Big South champion team. During her senior season, McMillon was named to the Big South All-Conference first team and was a second-team VaSID All-State selection. For her efforts in the 2009 Big South Softball Championship, McMillon was voted to the all-tournament team. Off the field, McMillon was a NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete as a senior.
McMillon graduated from Liberty with a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2011 and a master's degree in sport administration in 2013.

Trena Prater

Trena Prater

Assistant Coach

Trena Prater was announced as assistant softball coach on July 3, 2018.

Prater joined the Hawkeyes after working under coach Gillispie during the 2018 season at UCF, helping the team to a 34-22 record and a third place finish in the American Conference. Under her tutelage, UCF compiled 29 home runs and a .257 batting average, while run-ruling four teams.

Prior to UCF, Prater spent seven seasons as a head coach at Buffalo and Hampton, where she amassed 141 wins and a MAC East Division title and MEAC Tournament title.

As an assistant coach, Prater had stints at George Washington (2003-04), Maryland (2006-08), and Mississippi Valley State (2008-10).

Prater also spent seven seasons in National Pro Fastpitch, playing for the Akron Racers (2004, 2010), New York Juggernauts (2005), Chicago Bandits (2006), and Philadelphia Force (2007-2009).

In college, Prater played at LSU and was a 2002 Easton first-team All-American, 2002 NFCA second team All-American, and 2002 SEC Softball Player of the Year. She is a three time All-SEC honoree and set the school record with 27 triples, which ranks in the top 20 in NCAA history.

Prater was also a 1999 USA Junior Olympic Softball team member and USA Elite team member in 2002 and 2003.