College football is the most unique experience there is. Many freshman come into their first season unprepared. They are unaware of what will be required of them. At times it can be a shock to the system. They best way to prevent this shock is to prepare.

With only 17 days until the first practice most of the preparation should be completed. There are still some steps that all players, new and old, should take before arriving in Greenville.

The first step involves a change in your diet. Think of your body as a high performance race car. It would be foolish to put cheap gasoline into that engine.

You body is the same way. Players must cut out all of the junk in their diet immediately. This includes sugary, caffeinated drinks like soda and energy drinks. Fast food would also qualify as junk. It will be much more difficult to stop these habits during camp instead of before.

The second step is cardiovascular training. Football is a game played in short bursts. Players must be training to be explosive.

Adhering to the running program developed by Coach Mingo is the best way to do this. Players should also be running outside. It would be a bad choice to make your first outdoor workout of the summer the same as the first day of practice.

College football is a huge step up from high school. Those who understand this and prepare correctly will find success sooner.



A sign of a successful program is the stability of the coaching staff. The Greenville College Football program’s coaching staff is as stable as they come. The 2011 staff will return every member of the 2010 staff.

In his second season as Head Coach Ordell Walker looks to build on the success of 2010. Last season he was awarded as the UMAC Coach of the Year while leading the Panthers to a 6-0 UMAC record (7-3 overall).

Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordination Robbie Schomaker is in his second season at Greenville. Last year Coach Schomaker’s offense scored 31.8 points per game and was eighth in the nation in rushing with 306 yards per game.

Defensive Coordinator Jake Schenk returns for his third season with the Panthers. Last season he led a defense that only allowed 21.6 points per game and had a UMAC-high 21 sacks.

Offensive Line Coach and JV Head Coach Aaron Mingo continues to coach at his Alma Mater. In 2010, he led the JV team to a 3-1 record. He also has coached consecutive UMAC Lineman of the year.
The defensive line will be blessed to have Rich Stewart as their coach again this season. Coach Stew has coached Panther teams for 13 different seasons (nonconsecutive).

Defensive Backs Coach TJ Gaylord is back assisting the defense. This will be his 9th season with the Panthers (playing and coaching). Last season he coached two 1st team All-UMAC players and one 2nd Team.

Coach Andrew Rode will begin his second season coaching the running backs and slot receivers at Greenville College in 2011. In 2010, Coach Rode coached the UMAC Offensive Player of the Year, Anthony Ambers.



This season will mark the first year where the winner of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Having the distinction of being a AQ (automatic qualifier) conference is very important for both the UMAC and the Greenville College Panthers.

This season the winner of the UMAC will be one of 32 teams competing to play in the 2011 Stagg Bowl. The Stagg Bowl is the name of the NCAA Division III national championship game held in Salem, Va.

Since joining the UMAC in 2009, the Panthers have won consecutive conference championships. If the UMAC was an AQ conference in 2009 and 2010 the Panthers would have had a shot at the Stagg Bowl.

Alas, the Panthers are still looking for their first trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Greenville College’s post season experience includes two appearances in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship game, the Victory Bowl, in 2000 and 2009. The only playoff appearance for the Panthers was in 1990 when the school was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). You watch the story about that team here.

Follow all season long to see if these Panthers can replicate the 1990 team and make the playoffs.



Every year people want to know how they can best follow the Greenville College Football team. They want camp updates, game previews, travel information, player and coach interviews and live scoring updates.

We provide all of that, and more, on our vast network of sites. The mother ship of all things Panther football is EMAPNation.com. Our Facebook fan page is another place to get Panther info. You can follow our Twitter account @EMAPFootball for travel updates and scoring updates on game day. To watch highlight films, player interviews and coaches post game thoughts check out our YouTube Channel. You can also check in on FourSquare at the Fitness Center, Greenville College or Francis Field.

There are literally no excuses for not knowing what is going on with the Panthers. You can also connect with Greenville College and the other athletic programs on these various social media sites. A complete list can be found here.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We would love to hear them! You can shoot us an email, write on our wall, or tweet us (sorry we do not have a MySpace page).



For the first time in Greenville College Football history there will be a chance for former players to suit up and return to Francis Field. Their opponent will be the 2011 JV team. The game will take place on the Friday of homecoming weekend, Friday October 14th. Kickoff is at 3:30 PM.

Any and all alumni are welcome to play in the inaugural “Championship Play Championship Lives Bowl”. To secure you spot on the roster you need to simply email Coach Gaylord at tj.gaylord@greenville.edu. You may also express you interest on the Greenville College Football Facebook fan page. More details will be provided later.

It will be interesting to see how the super talented players from the past match up against the current Panthers. Will old age and rust prevent them from shining? Or will the years of experience be enough to pull out a victory?

No matter the outcome there are two things that will definitely happen, everyone will have fun and some alumni will cramp up and call for Pep.



We are 22 days away from the start of the 2011 Greenville College Football season and, there are only 81 days until the 2011 Homecoming game. This year the Panthers will take on the Knights from Martin Luther College. This UMAC foe will have a long bus ride before the game traveling ten hours from New Ulm, MN.

This will be the second time these two schools have met. Last season the Knights gave Greenville their closest UMAC game of the season. The Panthers had to come from behind to win 10-9. The Knights finished the season tied for third in the UMAC with a 4-2 conference record (5-4 overall).

Homecoming is a great time for everyone to visit campus and watch a game. Every year it is the most attended game by students, family and alumni. We would advise if you are planing to visit, to book your hotel reservations now!

This year there is a special opportunity for Panther alumni that you can read about tomorrow on EMAPNation.com.

To read more about the homecoming activities click here.



The 2011 Greenville College Football recruiting class is the largest, and possibly most talented, in school history. They are also incredibly diverse. In all they represent 13 different states spanning from the Florida coast to the Hawaiian islands.

This is a big component of the program. Here players from very different backgrounds can unite and build relationships that will last a lifetime. When former players get married they will always have their former teammates standing with them on their wedding day.

We are now only 23 days away from the start of camp. This is a special day because it is officially the end of the recruiting process and these recruits are officially a member of the team. They will be Panthers, they will be EMAP.



Championship Play, Championship Lives

This is the ethos of the Greenville College Football Program. Head Coach Ordell Walker understands that it isn’t just about developing players on the field. It is more important to develop them as men, so that they may be great husbands and fathers.

During grind of fall camp and throughout the season Coach Walker will talk to the team about different leadership principles. These EMAP meetings are more important than any scheme the offense of defense could install.

Each talk will have easily remembered buzz words like “pound the rock” “pocket change” or “hot air balloons”. These phrases have a Biblically based message attached to them. Here is an example of one of those talks from the spring "Host vs Guest"



Watching a Panther football game on a Saturday afternoon is a special occasion. The fans, the band, and the intense competition creates a unique college football experience. Another important part of this experience is the food!

This season the concession stand at Panther home games will feature food from Kahuna's restaurant. Those familiar with Khuna's know that their delicious burgers will be a great game day snack. Fans will also be able to expect "quality food, fast..".

There are five home games this season, which means there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to get a Kahuna burger!

You can visit Kahuna's at their Greenville location, 104 W Harris (Rte 127). For more Kahuna's information "Like" them on Facebook.



Quickly in their career every member of the Greenville College Football program comes to the same realization. They all see that being a student is just as important as being a football player. It will be their degree that leads to a successful career, not the football accolades. Every walk across the stage in May begins with the first day of classes in the fall.

This year the first day of classes for Greenville College students is Wednesday August 31th. Student-athletes at Greenville College can look forward to a wide range of disciplines to major in. From education to business, music to science Greenville allows students to choose what they want to learn.

Former members of the football program have left Greenville and flourished in their respected fields. Our graduates have won state championships, worked as state troopers, won a daytime Emmy, ran a national hotel chain, attended medical school and worked for the FBI.

As the season approaches players must also prepare for the academic load of the fall semester. Are you prepared?



For the third year the Greenville College Panthers will participate in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Dome Day event. This two day conference showcase takes place at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

On Saturday October 29th at 1PM the Panthers will take on the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars. This will be the first meeting between the two UMAC schools. In 2010 the Cougars finished the season tied for third in the UMAC with a 4-2 conference record (5-4 overall).

Dome Day is a unique event that the Panthers have enjoyed the past two seasons. In 2009 Greenville defeated Northwestern College 26-20 en route to the UMAC South Championship. It was an exciting back and forth affair that had a historical ending. In 2010 the Panthers used Dome Day to secure the UMAC Championship by defeating Crown College 51-20.



For the first time in 24 seasons, the Greenville College Panthers will begin the season with a junior varsity game.

On Monday September 5th, the Panthers will make the short trip to St. Louis to take on the Bears of Washington University.

This will be the second meeting of these teams in a junior varsity game. In 2009 the Wash U JV team defeated the JV Panthers. The last varsity match between these two was also in 2009 when Greenville won 17-7.

JV Head Coach Aaron Mingo will lead the squad for the second consecutive season. In 2010 the JV team went 3-1. For Greenville these JV games are crucial to player development. Just ask QB Brendon Chambers who played in three JV games last year before finishing the season as the varsity starter.



Camp is now only 29 days away and the Greenville College Football program would like to let everyone in on a little secret. It is going to be HOT!

In the month of August the average temperature is 86° with a record high of 104°. This may not sound too bad for those out west but don’t forget the humidity. For the month of August the average relative humidity is 86%.

The combination of heat and humidity creates the type of environment where the prepared will succeed.

If you don’t feel confident in your level of preparation there is no need to worry, camp is still 29 days away.



It is official; The Greenville College Panthers are 30 days away from their first practice of the 2011 season. To help all of the players, coaches, fans, alumni, and families prepare their minds and hearts for the season we will countdown 30 fun facts for the 2011 season.

Each nugget will be found exclusively on EMAPNation.com so make sure that you log on daily.


NCAA Division III rules determine when Greenville College can begin practicing. It is determined by the date of first scheduled game and the start of classes. This will be a later start than seasons past because of when the first varsity game is scheduled.

Out of state players can begin moving to their dorms on Monday the 15th and players within a four hour driving distance can move in the Tuesday the 16th.

To give everyone a refresher on what camp will be like here is the highlight film from pre-season camp 2010.

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