Coach Walker on WGRN

Last Sunday Head Coach Ordell Walker was a guest on the WGRN show Happenin' Sunday hosted by Greg Rowden. Coach Walker was the first of two head coach interviews on the show.

They discussed the transition for Coach Walker into his new role, what the program is about, spring ball, and the 2010 schedule.


Thomas Eidam

Senior Thomas Eidam from South Tahoe High School in South Lake Tahoe, California has decided to attend Greenville College starting in the Fall of 2010.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune spotlighted Eidam and his decision. You can read the full article here.

Thomas said about becoming a Panther, “Another reason for choosing the school is because it's a school that we can go to and play as freshmen, even if I was on special teams, where at some of the (NCAA Division I) schools in California you'd have to red shirt a year and be on the team sophomore, junior, senior year and one other year and barely even play,” he said. “I'll play wherever they want to put me.”

The coaching staff is excited about having Thomas on campus. Coach Gaylord says about Eidam,

"He is a great fit for us. Both on and off the field. We talk about Championship Play and Championship Lives Thomas is a guy who lives up to both of those standards. We're excited for the Eidam family to become a part of EMAP Nation!"

Photo by Steve Yingling


GC HOF Banquet April 10th

It's time again when the Greenville College Athletic Department recognizes the newly inducted members of the Hall of Fame. The 2010 Class includes 5 individuals and one team. You can read the whole story here.

Lewis Carroll, Beth (Lunte) McFeron, and Andrea (Shultz) Vogler, athletic category; Henry Johnson Long, pioneer category; Dr. Cecil Zweifel, meritorious achievement category; and the 1979 women's tennis team, team category.

The evening will also recognize Christina Niehaus as the recipient of the Order of the Orange and Black.

The banquet will be held in the Armington Center on the Greenville College Campus Saturday April 10th at 6:30pm. This is an event open to all alumni and supporters of Greenville College.

You can register for the event here or contact B.J. Schneck at william.schneck@greenville.edu or 618-664-6621.


New Coach Robbie Schomaker

Robbie Schomaker has been named offensive coordinator for the Greenville College football team. Coach Schomaker has been the Trinity International University offensive line coach and special teams coordinator for the past four seasons.

Coach Schomaker comes from a long line of coaches who have made the transition from TIU to Greenville including Coach Ordell Walker. The Panthers expect a seamless transition to coach Schomaker due to his knowledge of the offense.

Coach Schomaker has been one of the top recruiters on Trinity’s staff over the past four years. He has signed athletes from seven different states with a majority of those players coming from Illinois. He was a part of a mass recruiting effort for Trinity last season that saw 73 student athletes sign a letter of intent.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Schomaker is a graduate of Trinity International University with a B.A. in Business Management. While spending a brief stint at NCAA Division III Ohio Northern University, coach Schomaker spent the majority of his playing career at TIU. There he was a two-year starter at defensive end as well as a captain in 2005.

In 2004, he was an important cog on a team that ranked 14th in the country and played in the first round of the NAIA playoffs. Robbie and his wife, Annie currently reside in Chicago.



Ryan Knight

Story originally printed in the Edwardsville Intelligencer and written by BILL YARBROUGH Jr.

Recently Edwardsville High School (IL) Senior Ryan Knight made the decision to attend Greenville College. Knight wants to major in history education at Greenville, with a minor in coaching. He also plans on suiting up for the Panther football team.

Attending a school where he could celebrate his faith in God was high on that list, and he found that place in Greenville College.

“It’s a great place and somewhere where I can show my faith in God,” said Knight. “It’s close to home and I have family that lives up there, so I think it’s the place for me.”

“He will be sorely missed in our program, that’s for sure,” said EHS coach Mark Bliss. “His work ethic, his leadership, his attitude — he came into every practice and every game with the kind of attitude you want from your players.”

Knight was recruited as a linebacker by Greenville, and that’s right where he wants to be.

“That’s my favorite position,” he said. “That’s where I wanted to play.”


Edgar Townsend; National Champion

Greenville College senior Edgar Townsend can add another accolade to his storied collegiate career. The 2009 1st Team UMAC DB, and NCCAA indoor champion is now a 2010 NCAA Division III national champion. At the NCAA indoor championships last weekend at DePauw University, Townsend ran a meet-best 7.46 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to become Greenville's first NCAA Division III indoor national champion by five hundredths of a second.


Dome Day Schedule Announced

It was confirmed today the Panthers will play Crown College for their annual Dome Day game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm CST Friday October 29th. Once again this year Dome Day will be held in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

This will be Greenville's second year participating in Dome Day. In 2009 GC played Northwerstern College (MN) in a historic game that ended in a close Panther win 26-20.


Meet the Newest Panther: Ryan Gallegos

Greenville College welcomes Ryan Gallegos a transfer linebacker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to the EMAP family. Gallegos transferred from Lake Forest College (IL) where he played inside linebacker for three seasons. As a freshman he earned honorable mention with 78 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 3 interceptions. As a sophomore Gallegos was first team all conference with 80 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, and 6.5 sacks. Then his junior year he was voted second team all conference with 56 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and one interception.

"I have a tremendous passion for the game of football. From the X and O's, to the preparation both mentally and physically, and how it all culminates on game day with intensity, emotion, and camaraderie.” Gallegos stated.

“I am excited about learning a new concept, “Biblical Football” and I look forward the 2010 season not only as an opportunity to win games with teammates I love but, to grow closer to Jesus Christ with guidance from my coaches in Biblical Football!”

He continued, “Coach Walker expressed to the team something Jesus said that really resonates with me. Matthew 17:14 "But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it."

Gallegos previously earned an Associate Degree in Arts at Broward College in Florida where he attended one year. He is a Junior Academically and is earning his degree in Recreation and Adult Fitness with a minor in Coaching.

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