Lady Raven women's basketball coach Chad Folsom took over the program heading into the 2001-2002 school year and since then has become the Ravens all-time winningest coach, guiding the program to a 335-157 mark. Under his leadership, the Lady Ravens have averaged 22-plus wins for 15 straight years.
He has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Coach of the Year twice and led the program to the NAIA Div. II National Championship Tournament in both 2005-'06 and 2007-'08. His teams have competed in the NAIA Division I National Championship Tournament three of the past four years (2013, 2015, 2016). In 2015-16, the Lady Ravens finished the year 29-7 overall and 17-5 in the Heart and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the second year in a row. At the National Tournament, the team made it all the way to the FAB FOUR for the first time in school’s history. Along the way the team beat the #1, #2, #5, and #7 nationally ranked teams, while finishing the year ranked #8 in NAIA Div. I.
Under his leadership, the Lady Ravens have not only become one of the most consistent programs in the Heart on the floor but have become known as one of the top academic programs in the Midwest. He has coached 37 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes in his 15 years with the Ravens and his programs have consistently been named a NAIA Scholar Program carrying a team cumulative G.P.A. over a 3.20. Graduating from a small, liberal arts college, Coach Folsom understands the important balance of a quality education and athletics.
Folsom’s 2005-2006 Lady Ravens’ squad set a school record for wins. The team finished the year 30-5, won the HAAC, won the post-season HAAC tournament, and reached the Elite Eight at the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
During his tenure, the program has earned 52 All-Heart performers and has produced nine NAIA All-American selections. Folsom returned to his hometown of Atchison, Kansas after being away for 11 years. Before coming to Benedictine College, he coached the men’s basketball team at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado for 4 years, three years as the head coach. Folsom brought the men’s program at Lamar C.C. to their first winning season in 8 years, while at the same time his teams produced 5 Academic All-Americans. Coach Folsom graduated from Maur Hill Prep School in Atchison, KS in 1990 before he attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. While at Grinnell, Chad earned a total of 12 varsity letters in basketball, indoor, and outdoor track and was named captain his senior year in all three sports. Folsom’s 1994 Grinnell Pioneers’ basketball team was the National Scoring Champions averaging 110 points per game. Folsom graduated from Grinnell College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he completed his master’s degree in sport psychology in 1997. Chad is married to Amy (McKelvy), a 1995 graduate of Benedictine College. Amy and Chad reside in Atchison with their five children, Haylie, Taylor, Madison, Kaitlyn, and Kyle.
|3||LaRanda Thomas||SO||G||5-7||Sand Springs, Okla.||Victory Christian|
|4||Jordan Closter||SO||G||5-7||South Sioux City, Neb.||South Sioux City HS|
|10||Ali Taff||SR||G||5-4||St. Joseph, Mo.||St. Joseph Christian HS|
|12||Maddie Minnaert||SO||G||5-8||Boise, Idaho||Colorado State|
|14||Saige Baalman||SO||F||5-11||Wichita, Kan.||Maize HS|
|20||Marissa Rich||JR||F||6-1||Tempe, Ariz.||Tempe Prep Academy|
|21||Haylee Beard||SR||G||5-9||Ozark, Mo.||University of Texas - San Antonio|
|23||Emily Cox||SO||F||5-10||Oregon, Mo.||South Holt HS|
|25||Kayla Staley||FR||F||6-0||Lenexa, Kan.||St. James Academy|
|30||Rachael Baumgartner||FR||F||5-10||Bern, Kan.||Nemaha Central|
|32||Kristen Murphy||JR||F||5-11||Olathe, Kan.||Notre Dame de Sion HS|
|33||Lexie Villegas||JR||F||5-11||Kansas City, Kan.||Bishop Miege HS|
|35||Allison Wallisch||JR||F||6-0||Effingham, Kan.||Johnson County CC|
|40||Rachelle Regli||SO||F||6-0||Ferndale, Calif.||Ferndale HS|
|42||Tara Cannon||FR||F||6-0||Omaha, Neb.||Skutt Catholic|
|44||Serena Parker||SO||F||6-0||Shenandoah, Iowa||Shenandoah HS|