Philly Trip 2015 Day 1

The 2015 Philly Trip is finally upon us.   Its been 4 years since the Greenville College Football program set foot back in Philly  Check out our updates here everyday over the next 10 days and learn what missions work looks like EMAP style.

Today was the first day of our 10 day adventure.  16 of us packed one people mover and a minivan and left Greenville at 4:15PM, after classes had ended for the day.  The trip was just  5 hours as we stopped "halfway" in Mason, OH, home of our Head Coach Robbie Schomaker.  The ride was a lively one including a stop at a Cinnabon for senior Robert Deering.  

We arrived in Mason at 10:30PM and made camp for the night at Coach Schomaker's childhood home.  Mrs. Schomaker (mother of coach Schomaker) made a great spread for the guys including buffalo chicken dip and a Cincinnati Classic, Skyline Dip while Mr. Schomaker (father of coach Schomaker) got everyone set up in the basement.  We watched some basketball and everyone settled in for the night to rest up for the 8 hour journey to Philadelphia in the morning.  Who knows what tomorrows adventure will bring.


Ok Folks...It's that Time of the Year! Class of 2019

Name: Chad Whaley
Hometown:  Walnut Creek, California
High School: Berean Christian High School
Position: Tight End
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Laune: We are absolutely thrilled that we will have Chad in a Panther uniform this coming fall. Chad is a great person and football player. He will have an immediate impact on our team culture as well as our on the field performance. We are expecting big things from Chad!
Why did He Choose Greenville: Greenville has the major I want to study, they are a private Christian College, which is very important to me, and they believed in my ability enough to give me the opportunity to be their next tight end, which meant a lot to me. After seeing that Greenville competes in their league and does good, I knew that I could help be a part of this football team and take them to the next level.

Name: Jacob Coffin
Hometown: Homer, Illinois
High School: Heritage High School
Position: Offensive Line
Major: Environmental Science
Coach Lira: Jacob is a monster on the offensive line! He is a guy that we are really excited about.  Jacob was highly recruited from Illinois, and we are excited for the leadership he is going to bring to the team! 
Why did He Choose Greenville: I chose Greenville because I am a follower of God and I love the Christian atmosphere on and off the field. I also enjoy what the coaches are teaching about the brotherhood and becoming a better man. Also, the program has a lot of success and they are more of a run team, and I've always been on a run team.

Name: Tucker Tompkins
Hometown: Redding, California
High School: University Preparatory School
Position: Slot Receiver, Running Back
 Major: Physical Education 
 Coach Laune: We are very excited about Tucker! He is exactly the kind of well rounded, high character student athlete that we are looking for in this program. He has tremendous potential within our offense and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do.                                               Why did He Choose Greenville: I chose Greenville College because it felt like home, I loved the Christian atmosphere, and I get to play the sport I love for an excelling program.

Name: Jack Packwood
Hometown:  Poway, California 
High School: Del Norte High School
Position: Defensive End/ Linebacker 
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Lira: The thing I love about Jack, he is a natural SPARK PLUG!  He is a guy that makes big plays happen through his hustle, effort, and perseverance.  He doesn't shock you with his size, but when you watch this young man play he leaves it all on the field! 
Why did He Choose Greenville: I loved the school and the small town feel of it. Great group of people as well. 

Name: Bradley Stubbs
Hometown: Hazel Green, Alabama
High School: Hazel Green High School
Position: Placekicker
Major: Sports Management
Coach Laune: Brad is a guy that we expect to make an immediate impact for us on Saturdays. He is a great leader and an unmatched work ethic. We are very excited to see his kicks going through the back of the end zone on Saturdays!
Why did he Choose Greenville: I loved how the coaches and players treated me at Greenville. I immediately felt like part of a family when I got on campus. I also loved the Christian atmosphere at Greenville College and the Christian morals and values taught by the coaches and professors.  I am very excited to be a part of Greenville's football program and I'm looking forward to doing a lot of great things while I'm there!


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.  

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