Chad Eisele is in his third year as the Director of Athletics at Hampden-Sydney College during 2019-20, and his second year as the head golf coach. He was named to the position on June 20, 2017, after serving as the director of athletics at his alma mater, Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, since 2006. Eisele served as the head football coach at Knox for three years (2010-12) and as head men’s tennis coach for two years (2006-08).
Eisele oversees nine intercollegiate sports at H-SC as well as club and intramural sports, including a highly successful club rugby program. The department’s staff, including administrators, coaches and sports medicine personnel totals over 30 individuals. Eisele also serves as a member of the College’s administrative team, manages the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame and has administrative oversight of fundraising efforts for the Tigers, including the sport-specific Gridiron Club, the Roundball Club and the Face-Off Club.
In his first year coaching the golf team at H-SC during 2018-19, Eisele led the Tigers to Top 15 National Rankings in both the Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll (12th) and the Golfstat Division III Top 25 (13th). The program finished 12th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, while earning six Top Five finishes among eight Top 10 efforts in 10 overall tournaments, averaging 296.67 per round, 16th-best in DIII and eighth-best in the region. Eisele was named both the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Jack Jensen Coach of the Year and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division Coach of the Year.
At Knox, Eisele oversaw 20 intercollegiate sports, six club sports and four intramural leagues. He played a significant role in major facility upgrades and carried out the first-ever feasibility study and marketing plan for the athletic department. Eisele also led booster and fundraising efforts to support the college's athletic program and was a key part of recruiting and marketing initiatives, including the refinement of the athletic recruitment process and overseeing rebranding efforts. In addition, he served a term on the NCAA Division III Football Committee.
Eisele previously served as the head football coach at Division II Minnesota State University Moorhead (2005) and at Lake Forest College (2000-04) in Lake Forest, Illinois. He was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2002 when the Foresters established a school record with nine wins (9-2), claiming the Midwest Conference Championship (8-1), and advancing to the NCAA Playoffs for the first time in school history. Overall, Eisele was 31-20 at Lake Forest with three-straight winning seasons (24-7) before his departure. He had begun as the defensive coordinator at Lake Forest from 1997-99, and also served as the head men’s tennis coach from 1998-2002, compiling a 49-37 record and winning the 1999 Midwest Conference Championship.
Eisele was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Division II Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1994-97. He received his Master of Arts degree in sports administration from Wayne State in 1997.
Eisele earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Knox College in 1993, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, baseball, along with track and field. A defensive back for the football team, he was an All-Midwest Conference selection three times, and tied the school record for pass interceptions in a game (3) in 1989. Eisele was a defensive secondary coach at Knox during 1993.
A native of Peoria, Illinois, Chad and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of three children, including daughter Micayla (23) along with sons Jacob (21) and Jackson (18). The Eisele family resides in Hampden-Sydney.