12.28.2009

Order Your 2009 Season Highlight Video




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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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