Women's Basketball Coaches
Head Women's Basketball Coach
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For the past 11 seasons, the Lady Raven basketball program has been helmed by Chad Folsom. Coach Folsom enters year 12 as the programs all-time winningest coach with a career coaching mark of 232-124. Under his leadership, the Lady Ravens have averaged 21-plus wins for 11 straight years.
He has been named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Coach of the Year twice and led the program to the NAIA Div. II National Championship Tournament in both 2005-'06 and 2007-'08.
Under his leadership, the Lady Ravens have not only become one of the most consistent programs in the HAAC on the floor but have become known as one of the top academic programs in the Midwest. He has coached 30 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes in his 11 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.
In 2011-12, the Ravens went 18-13 overall and 12-6 in the HAAC, eventually losing out to national-tournament qualifier MNU in the HAAC Tournament Quarterfinals.
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 36 All-HAAC selections performers while he has coached three NAIA All-America 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.
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
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Andi Wilder is entering her fifth year as the top assistant coach for the Lady Ravens basketball program.
Coach Wilder came to Benedictine from fellow conference member Central Methodist University, where she was an assistant coach for three years. While at CMU, she assisted with film exchange, scouting, recruiting, and coaching the JV program.
Before Central Methodist, Coach Wilder spent one year as an assistant coach at North Dakota State College of Science, an NJCAA Division I school.
Coach Wilder, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., played her college basketball at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. and at McPherson College, an NAIA school in Kansas. At both Otero and McPherson, she earned Academic All-America and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete honors. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from McPherson and earned her Master’s Degree in Education at CMU in 2007.
Coach Folsom on Coach Wilder: “Andi brings a great deal of experience having played and coached at the NAIA level. She is also very familiar with the Heart of America Athletic Conference.”
Coach Wilder is actively involved in recruiting, pre-season and post-season conditioning, film exchange, and on-the-floor coaching in practices and games. In addition to her duties as an assistant for the women's basketball program, she supervises the Student-Athlete Advisor Council (SAAC) made up of athletes from the various programs on campus.
Women's Basketball Grad. Assistant
Kaela Stratman returns for her second season on the Benedictine College women’s basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach.
Kaela played for the Lady Ravens from 2007-2011 and was part of a Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship (HAAC) and a trip to the NAIA Div. II National Championship Tournament at the end of the 2007-'08. In her senior season, Kaela was named 2nd Team All-HAAC and led the team in scoring.
For her career at Benedictine, Kaela is second on the Lady Ravens All-Time Career 3-Point list with 185.
Kaela assists the program with on the floor coaching in practice and games, as well as working with film exchange, video editing, and recruiting.