Baseball & Football Coach, 1971-94
Folske spent 24 seasons in the Ferris baseball program, including 11 seasons as the Bulldogs' head coach from 1984-94. During his head coaching career, Folske led Ferris to seven GLIAC Championships while attaining GLIAC Coach of the Year award accolades seven times. As the Bulldog mentor, Folske compiled a 239-303-5 overall mark and an impressive 122-54 (.693) league record. His 1992 squad posted a conference record 22 league victories while his 1990 squad advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Folske guided Ferris to six consecutive league championships from 1988-93 after helping the Bulldogs record four NAIA District 23 crowns and three league titles as the program's assistant coach from 1971-83. He also served as an assistant football coach and scout team coordinator at FSU from 1973-80. An assistant professor in the Ferris State Physical Education Program, Folske was a member of the NCAA Division II North Central Region Baseball Committee and served as the NCAA-II Representative to the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Professional Baseball Committee. During his Bulldog tenure, the FSU graduate held other duties such as serving as Director of Intramural, Recreation and Club Sports along with working as an assistant to the Athletics Director. Folske served as head varsity baseball coach at his alma mater, Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore, prior to his arrival at Ferris. Following the FSU baseball program’s elimination in 1994, Folske later became a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Central Michigan in 1997-98 before serving as the Chippewas’ head coach from 1998-2002. He posted a four-year record of 131-98 (.572) at CMU as his teams reached the Mid-American Conference playoffs the final three years and tied for the West Division crown in 2000. Folske, who is married to current Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame member Monica Folske, presently lives in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The couple has two sons, Brett and James.