Q&A with Offensive Coordinator Josh Flannery

Coach Flannery, welcome back to EMAP Nation!  We’re excited to have you here on the staff.  Coach Flannery will be the Panther’s Offensive Coordinator for this upcoming season.

Q: Take some time to tell us about your family and background.
A:I am married to a beautiful GC alum, Abby Flannery, whom I met my freshman year at GC.  We both graduated from GC in 2008.  My wife graduated with a degree in Biology and I graduated with a  degree in HPR (health, physical education, recreation).  We have been happily married for 6 years and have an awesome 7 month old son named Isaac.  

Q: Being a GC Alum, does it bring back a lot of memories as a player..maybe even a student? 
A: One of the teams motto while I played at GC was “Make Memories at All Cost,” so to answer your questions yes it brings back a ton of memories as both player and student.  Many of which are told over and over again as my fellow EMAP teammates get together each year.  The memories made will last a lifetime!  I cannot even remember the scores of most games, but the memories I can remember as if they happened yesterday.

Q: What is it about Greenville College Football that brought you back to Southern Illinois after a few years away?
A:There are several reasons why I decided to come back to GC.  One of those reasons is I believe wholeheartedly in the mission of GC and its football program.  It is football and much much more!  My experience and journey as a football player and student at GC helped transformed me into the man I am today, which is a big reason why I came back.  I have a passion to influence young men (specifically football players) the same way I was impacted as a player at GC.  

Q: Tell us all a little about your coaching career, and why you wanted to get into coach. 
A:While away from GC I coached high school football for two seasons in Loveland Colorado at Mountainview high school.  Just so happens that GC alum Jesse Tyrell played there while I was a coach.  After MV I coached 5 seasons of college football in Canton Ohio at Malone University.  When former GC head coach Eric Hehman took the head coaching position at Malone University he offered me an Offensive GA position where I served as passing coordinator my first three seasons (wide receiver coach).  I was then hired full time at Malone where I served as the special teams coordinator while also coaching the secondary on defense for two seasons.  

There are many reasons why I got into coaching.  I have always had a love for the game and I knew I wanted to coach football at some capacity, but the biggest reason why I decided to make it a career was because I felt God calling me to influence young men the same way that I was influence at GC football.  

Q: After coaching under former Head Coach for the Greenville Panthers (Eric Hehman), what are some things you are looking to bring with you to Greenville? 
A: I consider Eric a great mentor and friend and much of my coaching philosophy stems from what he has taught me.  I played for, coached with, and known Eric for over 10 YEARS!!  That is a lot of priceless principals, core values, beliefs, and memories that I am bringing with me.  Coach Hehman taught so many of us to live with creative excitement, aka Level 6.  I hope to bring that same type of creative excitement with me to GC.  Eric is a great man of God filled with the Holy Spirit and I hope I can be just as impactful at GC as he was.

Q: Is there one memory in particular that stands out to you from your experience at Malone University?
A:There are too many memories at Malone for one to stand out above the rest.  The memories, friendships, and experience that God allowed me to have at Malone will impact me for the rest of my life.  

Q: What do you like to do with your free time?
A:I am always down to make a memory, but my favorite thing to do in my spare time is hang out with my amazing family!

Thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for our EMAP Nation followers!


Top 5 Moments of 2014

The first day of a new year is always a great time to reflect on all the tremendous things that happened in the previous year.  In honor of New Years Day, Greenville College Football looks back at the Top 5 Moments of 2014.

What are you favorite memories of 2014?  Let us know on our Facebook fan page

5. Coach Schomaker is named Head Coach

The first memory of our list came on the first day of the new year.  This is when Greenville College removed the interim tag and selected their 7th head coach in the program's history.  Coach Schomaker has been a member of the staff since 2010.

4. Mid West Prep JV Game


The last and most exciting JV game of the season.  Greenville JV won on a QB keeper from Juan Carbajal in the second overtime.

3. Terminator Olympics

Will Plachta may have come away the winner but everyone involved learned what it takes to compete when things get uncomfortable.

2. EA Northey finds John Dudley for a the win.  

For the 4th year in a row the Eureka game came down to the last possession and for the 4th year in a row Greenville prevailed.  This time it was EA Northey finding John Dudley with just a few seconds left on the clock for the victory.

1. Youth reigns in post season Awards

Greenville saw 10 players receive UMAC all conference awards including 7 underclassman. The NCCAA honored 5 Greenville College football players with their post season awards as well.  


GC "youthful" in All-Conference Selections

GREENVILLE – The Panthers had another strong showing this season finishing with a 7-3 record overall and a 7-2 mark in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.  After losing twenty-one seniors to graduation following the 2014 season, a host of young Panthers along with a handful of veterans led the way in the UMAC All-Conference voting.  Under the direction of head coach Robbie Schomaker, the Panthers pulled in a total of nine UMAC All-Conference awards.

Greenville had six First Team athletes in junior linebacker Joey Silva, freshman running back Nathan Callaway (Biggs HS, CA), sophomore offensive lineman Justin Moore (South Anchorage HS, AK), senior offensive lineman Hunter Rone (Benton HS, IL), sophomore defensive lineman Lincoln Johnson (Nikiski HS, AK), and sophomore defensive back Cory Snyder (Jerseyville HS, IL).

Named to the Second Team were senior offensive lineman Joe Schoepf (River Ridge HS, FL), senior kicker Josh Morgan (Greenville HS, IL), sophomore outside linebacker Nick Morrow (Huntsville HS, AL), and freshman punt returner Sam Northey (Birdville HS, TX). 

Senior wide receiver Nathan Butler (West Frankfort HS, IL) was the sole Greenville recipient of the UMAC Sportsmanship Award.

This marks Nathan Callaway’s first of what may be many appearances on the UMAC All-Conference list.  He was the leading rusher in the UMAC with 117ypg and finished second in touchdowns with fourteen. 

Hunter Rone, Joe Schoepf and Justin Moore paved the way on the offensive line to bolster a potent rushing attack that finished first in the UMAC and third in the nation averaging 330.9 yards per game.  The trio makes up three fifths of a total offensive attack that ranked first in the UMAC and 25th in the nation averaging  467 yards per game.  Rone boasts his second UMAC all conference award while amassing fifty-five knockdowns on the season.  Schoepf is also receiving his second UMAC All Conference award after totaling thirty-two knockdowns.  This award was the first of hopefully many for Justin Moore who totaled the highest number of knockdowns for the entire Panther offense putting an impressive eighty-one defenders on their backs against their will.

Joey Silva led the conference in tackles for loss with 18, and sacks with 6.5 and is receiving his first All-Conference award.

Lincoln Johnson had 25 total tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.  He is receiving his first All-Conference award.

Cory Snyder was the second leading tackler for the Panthers.  His 55 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception and 5 pass breakups provided a lot of consistency in the defensive backfield.  This is his first UMAC award.

Nick Morrow led the team in tackles with 65.  That included 2 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 2 touchdowns.  This is his first award.
Josh Morgan was 5/6 on field goals and was accurate on extra points 87% of the time.  He is receiving his first UMAC award.

Sam Northey was amassing yards and points quickly throughout the season before a knee injury sidelined him for the last third of the season.  His early season performance was still strong enough to earn him a special teams return specialist UMAC All-Conference award.  Northey had 108 yards per game of all-purpose yards and found his way into the end zone 8 times this season.  This was the first UMAC award he has received.


Greenville Panthers vs. St. Scholastica Saints Recap

       In a game where the conference championship and a birth in the DIII playoffs was on the line, the Panthers came up short against the St. Scholastica Saints 42-14. The Panther offense got the ball first but were forced into a three and out. St. Scholastica waisted little time getting on the board by scoring in less than 2 and a half minutes to make the score 7-0 with 10:02 left on the clock. The Greenville offense responded with a touchdown drive of their own by going on a 16 play, 72 yard drive chewing up 6:32 off the clock. The drive was finished off by Panther running back Nathan Callaway on a 1 yard score. The Panthers defense rose to the occasion forcing the Saints to kick a field goal but it was wide left to keep the score at 7-7 with 49 seconds left in the quarter. The Panther offense could not use that momentum as they were forced into a three and out. St. Scholastica's offense then proceeded to go on a 79 yard drive to make the score 14-7. The ensuing kickoff was an onside kick recovered by the Saints and they rolled with that momentum scoring again to go up 21-7 with 8:49 left in the half. The Greenville offense was forced into another three and out. Scoreless drives by both teams gave the Saints offense the ball at their own 39. The potent Saints offense only took 2 plays to hit pay dirt this time to go up 28-7 with 1:30 left in the half. Both teams finished the half with scoreless drives to make the halftime score 28-7 in favor of the Saints.
      The Saints offense kept the firepower going by scoring again in less than 3 minutes to go up 35-7. A three and out by the Panther offense gave the ball back to the Saints offense. But, this time the Panther defense had a big turnover with an interception by cornerback Kevin Tran. This lit a fire in the Panther offense as Cory Moore scored on a 18 yard touchdown run to make the score 35-14 with 8:14 left in the third quarter. A three and out forced by the Panther defense led to a drive into the Saints' red zone but it was stopped on a fourth and one by the Saints defense. Two scoreless drive by both teams led to the Saints' final score of the game to make the score 42-14. Another fourth down stop by the Saints' defense gave them the ball with 7:35 left in the game. On the next play linebacker Nicholas Morrow came up with an interception to give the Panther offense great field position. The Panther were once again stopped on a fourth down attempt. The Panther defense then forced their third turnover of the game with a Nathan Propst forced fumble and recovery. The Greenville offense once again could do nothing with it and were stopped on fourth down attempt. The Saints offense took a knee to give St. Scholastica the 42-14 win and conference title.
    The Panthers were led in rushing by running back Jacob Stull with 62 yards on 9 carries. Senior Jacob Bronars led the team in tackles with 8 total. Nicholas Morrow had two tackles for loss and 6 solo tackles. Lincoln Johnson and TK Mattress each had half of a sack. The loss puts Greenville's regular season record to 7-3 and 7-2 in the UMAC.

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