Incoming Freshman Silva earns All-American Strength Honors

       Those who have been following Greenville College Football have witnessed some major improvements which have included two conference championships in the past three years. Much of that improvement is directly related to the intense strength and conditioning program that Greenville has implemented. Not only has the strength program been instrumental, but also that of the recruiting efforts of the staff at Greenville finding players who buy into the importance of strength and speed training.

        A great example of the type of player Greenville looks for in a recruit is Joey Silva from Lodi, CA. Silva was recently recognized with the NCSA All-American Strength & Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award. There are only 225 estimated athletes in the country that receive this honor. To earn the award, Silva recorded the best back squat in his school’s strength programs history (440 lbs). Joey also posted a 260 pound bench press, 235 pound power clean, 32 inch vertical jump, 4.66 40 yard dash, and a 4.44 pro agility.
        “At 5’9 and 200 pounds, Joey’s combination of strength and athleticism is tremendous,” says Coach Mingo. “I am so excited to see what Joey can accomplish here at GC.” Joey will play Linebacker for the Panthers in the Fall and plans on majoring in Business.

To see Tokay High School’s article go to http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=TOKAYFOOTBALL&t=c&s=football&p=newsstory&newsID=35342 .


Class of 2016: Part 10

Tanner Volkman
Hometown: Lawrenceville, IL
High School: Lawrenceville High
Position: RB
Awards: 1st Team All-Conference
Vincennes Sun-Commercial All Area Team
Wabash Valley All-Star
Wabash Valley Honorable Mention
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Rode: “Tanner did it all at his high school. He brings a lot of athleticism and football knowledge to the team. We are very excited to watch him grow as he specializes his talents as a running back. His play making ability will add a lot of depth to our very dynamic offense.”

Tremil Okoebor
Hometown: Compton, CA
School: El Camino College
Position: RB
Major: Business Management
Coach Schomaker: “Tremil comes in with a chance to impact our RB position right away. He played with former Greenville greats Anthony Ambers and Jumanne Bey in high school and we think he can leave the same type of legacy.”

Marques Goodwine
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
School: Delta College
Position: WR
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Rode: “Marques has worked very hard to get himself to the position of going to college and playing football. We are very proud of who he is and the growth that we will see in him over the next 4 years. He will add a lot of depth to our core of wide receivers this year.”

Phillip “Chase” Willison
Hometown: Harrisburg, IL
High School: Chester High
Position: TE
Major: Undecided
Coach Mingo: “I am excited that Chase has decided to come to GC. Chase is a unique recruit for us, having been in the Navy for the past 4 years. He will bring great discipline, work ethic, and leadership to this program. I am excited to see what he can accomplish here.”


Greenville Announces 2012 JV Schedule

     Once again in 2012, the Greenville College Football season will not only include a Varsity schedule, but will also have JV contests as well. The JV program is a great way for young guys to get playing experience right away, and develop their skills and ability. The JV schedule includes four contests this year. 

     The Panthers will kickoff their JV season on Monday, September 10th at Millikin University at 3pm. The JV Panthers won a nail-biter over Millikin in 2010 by a score of 24-20, but fell last year in an equally exciting close game by a score of 13-12. The Panthers will next play host to Bethel (TN) University on Monday, September 24th at 4pm. The JV Panthers played Bethel twice in 2011, but ended up on the losing end in both contests.
       The Panthers will continue their JV season with a trip once again to Rose-Hulman University in Terre Haute, IN. That game is scheduled to start at 5pm (EST). The JV Panthers will look to avenge last year’s loss to Rose-Hulman. After a quick turnaround, the JV Panthers will play the Greenville College Football Alumni team on Friday, October 19th at 4:30pm on Francis Field in the 2nd annual Championship Play Championship Lives Bowl. Last year, it was the Alumni team who came out on top with a score of 12-0.


Class of 2016: Part 9

Cameron Byrd
Hometown: Paducah, KY
High School: Lone Oak High School
Position: DL
Awards: 2nd Team All-Conference
1st Team Academic All-State (Junior)
4A State Runner-Up (Sophomore)
Honors Graduate
Major: Secondary Education
Coach Schomaker: “Cameron Byrd embodies what we are looking for in a Greenville athlete. He is a great student, a talented player and loves Jesus. We are excited to have him and his family as a part of our program.”

Tyler Mickles
Hometown: Beaumont, CA

High School: Beaumont High School
Position: RB
Awards: 4-time Scholar Athlete
National Honor Society
Honor Roll
2nd Team All-League Running back
Beaumont High – Best Running Back Award
2-Year Letterman in Football
2-Year Letterman in Track
Volunteer Certificate of Excellence (3-time Champion as Head Coach in Youth Basketball)
Major: Nursing
Coach Schomaker: “When I watch Tyler’s film I get very excited about his speed. He wants to be here because of what our programs believe in Jesus and that makes us even more excited about him. Tyler will have a great career at Greenville.”

La’Roy Ruffin Jr.
Hometown: Kankakee, IL
High School: Kankakee High School
Position: DL
Awards: Honor Roll (4 Years)
3-Year Letterman in Football
Team Captain
Major: Business
Coach Mingo: “I am excited about La’Roy coming to Greenville. I believe he will be a great addition to our defensive line. La’Roy is a physical player who possesses good athleticism. It will be a joy to watch La’Roy strive to reach his maximum potential.”

Dominique Henderson
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School: Gateway IT High School
Position: OL
Awards: St. Louis All-American OL
Major: Undecided
Coach Schomaker: “Dominique has a great frame and a lot of potential as an offensive lineman for us. We have had a lot of really talented players come to us from Gateway Tech and Dominique will fit that mold. He has a high moral fiber and is a great a fit here at Greenville College.”

Kenneth “KJ” Wade
Hometown: Casey, IL
High School: Casey-Westfield High School
Position: OL
Major: Environmental Biology
Coach Mingo: “KJ Wade will be another great addition to our offensive line. His 6’7 frame is a tremendous asset and allows him to possess unlimited potential. KJ is a great fit for the GC community and I am excited to see him grow in his relationship with God.”

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