Chris Wilham joined the Franklin women's lacrosse coaching staff in 2013 and was promoted to head coach in July 2017. He served as a student assistant coach during the team's 2013 and 2014 club seasons. Wilham was an integral part of the program's transition from club to varsity NCAA athletics. He brings a wealth of knowledge about lacrosse, stick skills, and strategy to the field.
He has helped develop a team full of highly skilled varsity lacrosse players out of a club roster that only included a handful of players with any previous lacrosse experience. Wilham is also highly knowledgeable about the Franklin community and the academic and extracurricular opportunities Franklin offers.
The defense bettered its overall season statistics for goals against average, draw controls, and caused turnovers in the 2016 season from the 2015 campaign. Franklin allowed a program record two goals in a home win against Trine University in 2016.
The Grizzlies are coming off a .500 record with a 6-6 mark and fifth place finish in the ORWLC. Paige Clark '16 earned second-team all-conference accolades as a defender in 2016.
Wilham was a three-year letter winner on defense and a part of the inaugural men's lacrosse team at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. Wilham earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Franklin in 2014.