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 360-166 mark. Under his leadership, the Lady Ravens have averaged 22-plus wins for 16 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 straight years and four of the last five years (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017). In 2016-2017, the Lady Ravens finished the year 25-9 overall and 22-4 in the Heart, finishing second in the conference and runner-up in the post-season conference tournament. Coach Folsom’s 2015-2016 team finished the year 29-7, 17-5 in the Heart, and played their way to the NAIA Div. I 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 35 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes in his 16 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 56 All-Heart performers and has produced 12 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 HS|
|4||Jordan Closter||SR||G||5-7||South Sioux City, Neb.||South Sioux City HS|
|5||Brynn Maul||FR||G||5-7||Wichita, Kan.||Bishop Carroll HS|
|10||Jane Pennefather||FR||G||5-8||Manassas, Va.||Seton HS|
|12||Sam Brennan||FR||G||5-8||Cape Girardeau, Mo.||Notre Dame HS|
|14||Saige Baalman||JR||F||5-11||Wichita, Kan.||Maize HS|
|21||Grace Brzozowski||SO||F||5-11||Harrah, Okla.||Northern Oklahoma-Enid Junior College|
|25||Kayla Staley||SO||F||6-0||Lenexa, Kan.||St. James Academy|
|30||Rachael Baumgartner||SO||F||5-10||Bern, Kan.||Nemaha Central HS|
|32||Kristen Murphy||SR||F||5-11||Olathe, Kan.||Notre Dame de Sion HS|
|33||Lexie Villegas||SR||F||5-11||Kansas City, Kan.||Bishop Miege HS|
|35||Natalie Smaron||FR||F||6-2||Maple Plain, Minn.||Orono HS|
|40||McKenzie Funston||FR||G||5-7||Abilene, Kan.||Abilene HS|
|44||Serena Parker||JR||F||6-0||Shenandoah, Iowa||Shenandoah HS|