Chris Ilse is entering into his fifth year on the Seton Hill men's lacrosse staff. He is currently serving as the team's defensive coordinator and goalie coach.
In his first full season as defensive coordinator in 2015, Ilse led Seton Hill to a nearly 38% decrease in goals against from the previous season (155 to 111). In 2017, the defense held opponents to the lowest GAA in program history (7.38) which also ranked them 6th in the country.
As the defensive coordinator for the previous three seasons at Seton Hill, Ilse helped the Griffins become one of the top defensive units in the country, twice being ranked 6th in 2015 & 2017. In those two campaigns the Griffins allowed less than 8 goals against per game.
The Griffins had their best season ever in 2017, winning the Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship by beating Mercyhurst. Ilse coached Brett Craig, Joe Cillo, Jonah Gutentag and Max Eismann all whom were selected to GMAC conference selections.
Ilse, an All-American goalie at Seton Hill, graduated in 2013 with a degree in Sport Management, He currently ranks first all-time in Seton Hill history in wins (31), Goals Against Average (8.43), and Save Percentage (57.3%).
Before Seton Hill, Ilse graduated from Vestal High School in 2009 where he was a two-year starter and two-time first-team all-league selection. In 2009, he was named team co-captain and was a high school all-american. He also played in the US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase in 2009 which took place in Providence, RI.