Ham to Oversee Sport Performance and Student-Athlete Well-Being

Former baseball sport performance coach helped launch VandyBoys to new heights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs Candice Lee announced Wednesday that Chris Ham has been elevated to serve as Vanderbilt’s associate athletic director for sport performance and student-athlete well-being. Ham’s areas of oversight include applied sports science, athletic training, mental health, nutrition and strength and conditioning.

Tyler Clark has been named assistant athletic director for sport science and sport performance, and Walker Grisanti is now the full-time strength and conditioning coach for the baseball program. Hunter Reeser will join the Vanderbilt baseball program as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Ham came to Vanderbilt to join the baseball program in 2007 as an athletic trainer, and in 2014 he was promoted to sport performance coach. He was an integral part of the Commodores’ success on the diamond while being responsible for all aspects of student-athlete training and performance.

In 15 years of training and sport performance, Ham has helped develop 25 Major League Baseball players and more than 100 professional baseball players.

A 2005 graduate of Illinois, Ham worked as a graduate assistant at both Vanderbilt and Belmont from 2005–07.

Previously the director of applied sports science and Olympic sports strength and conditioning, Clarke also spent six seasons as Vanderbilt’s assistant director of strength and conditioning. He also worked for seven seasons at Nebraska and three at Iowa.

Grisanti, a Vanderbilt baseball student-athlete from 2016 to 2019, served as a strength and conditioning intern for Vandy baseball and football in 2019 and 2020. During the 2020–21 season, Grisanti served as an assistant strength coach working with baseball and Olympic sports at Vanderbilt.

Reeser comes to Nashville after spending time with Springfield College. He served one year with the Pride, assisting with the sport performance programs for football, baseball, track and field and women’s gymnastics. Reeser received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from West Chester, where he was a two-year starter with the baseball program. A native of Mohnton, Pennsylvania, he is pursuing his master’s degree in exercise science and strength and conditioning from Springfield College.