12.28.2009

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12.24.2009

Head Coach Eric Hehman Departs, Ordell Walker Named Interim Head Coach



Former Defensive Coordinator Ordell Walker, now Interm Head Coach

Greenville College has announced that it has selected Ordell Walker as interim head football coach effective immediately.  Greenville College will begin its search for a permanent head football coach in early January.
Walker, who has served as assistant head coach since 2004, has been a member of Greenville's coaching staff since 2003. In the recently completed 2009 season, Greenville posted a record of 7-3, won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference south division, and qualified for the program's second National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl.
Under Walker's direction, Greenville led the UMAC in total defense, rushing defense, pass defense efficiency, interceptions, total takeaways, sacks, and kickoff coverage in 2009.  In addition, the Panther defensive unit had seven UMAC first team players, headlined by linebacker Garrett Young, the UMAC South defensive player of the year.
Over the past seven seasons, Walker recruited players from 14 states, including players who appeared in NCAA Division III national rankings for interceptions and punting average.
Walker, a member of the American Football Coaches Association, is also a member of the AFCA Division III assistant coaches committee.  Prior to his tenure at Greenville, Walker coached the defensive line at Trinity International University in 2002 after serving as a physical education teacher in North Chicago for two years.
Walker earned a bachelor of arts in physical education from Trinity International University in 1999 and completed a master of science in sports management from American Public University in 2008.
Greenville College will begin a search for a head football coach after Eric Hehman's resignation to accept the position as head football coach at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Hehman, who served as head coach for five years, leaves Greenville as second in its all-time football coaching records for wins, winning percentage, and games coached. Assistant head coach Ordell Walker has been named interim head coach.

In five seasons, Hehman's squads posted a record of 28-22, including an appearance in the National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl and an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference south division championship in 2009. Hehman was also the UMAC South coach of the year in 2009.

"I believe God has led me to Malone for two main reasons," said Hehman. "The first reason is that I believe this is what's best for my family. We will be five hours between both of our parents. Family is the highest priority for me, and I believe this will be a blessing to my wife, kids, and parents."

"The second reason is the call on my life. I believe the Lord has a plan for me, and that is to help develop football programs with Biblical principles in order that the players' and coaches' lives will be transformed for the glory of God. God has blessed us at Greenville, and now I am feeling led to try to change the culture at Malone."

While at Greenville, Hehman inherited a squad which had just one winning season since 1993. In just five seasons, three of his teams won six or more games, including the 2009 team which went 7-3. Even more important than the on-field accomplishments was the community environment that Hehman built upon with his strategic initiatives to recruit students to the program which fit the mission of the institution.

"I believe 100% this is where God wants us, and my goal in life is to do want he wants us to do and be where he wants me to be," said Hehman. "Leaving is not easy. We are leaving a program that I love, a community that cares, and a church that is dynamic, but I am convinced that this is what God wants for us. I will always be grateful for our time at Greenville."

Story from Greenville.edu


TE Zach Friedrich named to NCAA All-American Team




D3Football.com has named SR TE Zach Friedrich to their All-American Team. Zach is the first Panther to be selected to the D-III All-American team since 1999 (TE Brian Meier).

Zach, a senior from Selah, WA, ends his historic career with most of the school's receiving records. Along with being selected as an All-American, Zach was awarded All-Region, Pre-Season All-American, and 3 time All-conference award winner.

Congratulations Zach on this great honor!

See the full list of All-Americans here

Athletic Annex Re-Opened with New State-of-the-Art Equipment




After just one week of being closed, the Greenville College Annex re-opened its doors Monday morning to unveil 35 brand new, state-of-the-art pieces of fitness equipment and a new hygienic floor.

This Annex upgrade is a project that Athletic Director, Doug Faulkner, has dreamed of for years and was only able to do after he sought the help of donors and an equipment supplier who offered a great discount. With their help, GC purchased the 35 FreeMotion pieces of equipment, which includes; five treadmills, three elliptical machines, two striders, four bikes, 14 weight machines, two squat racks, and five other pieces of workout equipment. There are now more treadmills and elliptical machines accessible. Effectively, the Annex is now a brand new workout facility for GC students, student athletes and fitness center members from the community. Members now have the opportunity to use the state-of-the-art fitness equipment in a monitored and clean facility. "Our hope with this upgrade is that students and community members will have access to outstanding fitness equipment that will help them stay healthy for a very long time," explained VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Randy Bergen.


GC's Annex upgrade was made possible by 1987 GC alum, Terry McGill. McGill currently lives in Taiwan and had befriended a man who owns a fitness equipment company and has a generous heart. McGill approached his friend about the idea of assisting Greenville College with a fitness center upgrade and the man responded immediately and positively and gave GC an incredible discount on all 35 brand new items.


Taking the lead, Athletic Director, Doug Faulkner, rallied his Panther teams to fundraise the remaining amount of money needed to pay for the equipment. As a result of the generous gift and Panther Athletics hard work, GC now proudly unveils the Annex equipment upgrade. As an incentive to come check out the Annex, Fitness Center Manager, Tatiana Garcia, is offering a free membership during the month of January to anyone who left the Annex. For more information about the Annex equipment please contact Tatiana Garcia at 618.664.6725.
The Panthers football team will greatly benefit from this renovation, and look forward to spending a lot of time in the fitness center during this very important off season, as the Panthers look to repeat as conference champions.
For more information email media@greenville.edu.
Original story from greenville.edu
Photos courtesy of Fitness Center Manager Tatiana Garcia

12.12.2009

TE Zach Friedrich Named to All-Region Team


d3football.com has named Greenville's SR TE Zach Friedrich (Selah, WA) to the 2009 All-North Team.

This award caps off an outstanding career for Friedrich, who was named to the Sporting News All-American team in the preseason of 2009, and has been an all conference player 3 of the last 4 years.

Congratulations to Zach on this honor, and on a great career!

12.04.2009

End of Season Banquet


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11.28.2009


Greenville College Panthers cleaned house in the south division all-conference awards, which were announced on Wednesday. Greenville had 13 players on the all-conference first team, and 3 players on second team.

Greenville won the UMAC South Division in its first year of membership in the conference, posting a 3-0 league record to go with a 7-2 overall regular season finish. The Panthers handed Westminster their only division loss of the season in a 42-35 game on Nov. 7. Greenville head coach Eric Hehman was selected as the South Division Coach of the Year by his peers for the team’s accomplishments on the field.

JR RB Anthony Ambers was voted the division’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year.  Ambers led the south division in rushing, averaging 139.3 yards per game.

Greenville also boasted the division’s defensive player of the year in SR MLB Garrett Young. Young averaged 10.7 tackles per contest to lead the south division from the linebacker position.

JR C Tim Burroughs was chosen as the division’s Lineman of the Year. Burroughs was a part of an offensive line that blocked for a team that averaged 171.0 rushing yards per game while Panthers quarterbacks threw for an average of 117.1 yards per contest.

After running parallel routes throughout the 2009 season, the UMAC’s North and South Divisions will merge into one league with one division in 2010, meaning the members of all nine teams will fight for one set of all-conference awards. Just one year after that in 2011, the UMAC is expected to receive its automatic qualifier (AQ) into the NCAA Tournament.

A full listing of the UMAC Football South Division All-Conference awards is below.

Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Lindsey (Eureka College)

Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Anthony Ambers (Greenville College)

Defensive Player of the Year: Garrett Young (Greenville College)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Daniel Eidson (Westminster College)

Lineman of the Year: Tim Burroughs (Greenville College)

Coach of the Year: Eric Hehman (Greenville College)

Complete UMAC South All-Conference Teams


Offensive Lineman – 1st Team
Name
Year
School
Garrett Vasquez
SR
Greenville College
Andrew Story
SO
Greenville College
Tim Burroughs
JR
Greenville College
David Schatz
JR
Westminster College
Wil Lampkin
JR
Westminster College

Wide Receivers – 1st Team
Wes Schmidgall
SO
Eureka College
James Rollon
SR
MacMurray College
Carl Givens
SO
Westminster College

Tight End – 1st Team
Zach Friedrich
SR
Greenville College

Quarterback – 1st Team
Nick Lindsey
SR
Eureka College
Daniel Eidson
SR
Westminster College
 
Running Backs – 1st Team
Anthony Ambers
JR
Greenville College
Ketrone Blanks
JR
Greenville College
Isaiah Mosley
JR
Westminster College

Kicker – 1st Team
Name
Year
School
Travis Huber
FR
Eureka College
Jake Hilton
JR
Westminster College
Defensive Lineman – 1st Team
Name
Year
School
Alex Holmes
SR
Greenville College
Cory Bierdeman
SR
Greenville College
Kenyon Klousia
SR
Greenville College
Tobias Alaribe
JR
MacMurray College
Austin Spradling
SR
Westminster College
Rodney Lyles
FR
Westminster College

Linebackers – 1st Team
Name
Year
School
Matt Knake
SR
Eureka College
Jumaane Bey
JR
Greenville College
Garrett Young
SR
Greenville College
Jordan Missey
SR
MacMurray College
Clark Roberts
JR
Westminster College

Defensive Backs – 1st Team
Name
Year
School
Cody Troutman
SR
Eureka College
Scott Schneider
SR
Greenville College
Edgar Townsend
SR
Greenville College
Kelvin Williams
SO
Westminster College

Punter – 1st Team
Name
Year
School
Daniel Eidson
SR
Westminster College

Offensive Lineman – 2nd Team
Name
Year
School
Todd Stewart
SR
Eureka College
Leon McElrath
SR
MacMurray College
David Butler
JR
Greenville College
Jack Sheehan
JR
Westminster College

Wide Receivers – 2nd Team
Name
Year
School
Marc Randle
JR
MacMurray College
Nate Robinson
SR
MacMurray College
James Gladstone
FR
Westminster College
Tyson Kankolenski
JR
Westminster College

Tight End – 2nd Team
Name
Year
School
Dillon Reed
JR
Eureka College
Rendell Flood
SO
Greenville College

Running Backs – 2nd Team
Name
Year
School
Mark Mitchell
JR
Greenville College
Brian Clay
SO
MacMurray College

Defensive Lineman – 2nd Team
Name
Year
School
DeMarco Neal
SO
Eureka College
Mason Guerra
FR
MacMurray College
Adam Howe
JR
Westminster College
Paul Mpagi
FR
Westminster College
Tashon Fultz
FR
Westminster College

Linebackers – 2nd Team
Name
Year
School
Mike Porter
SR
MacMurray College
Gus Lyles
FR
Westminster College

Defensive Backs – 2nd Team
Name
Year
School
Rosney Beverly
JR
Eureka College
Mike Minehan
SO
Eureka College
Russell Rambert
FR
MacMurray College
Reggie McClendon
FR
MacMurray College
Ivan Malpica
SO
Westminster College
Demarco Morehead
FR
Westminster College
Darian Garey
JR
Westminster College

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