Class of 2017: Part 8

Andrew Womack
Hometown: Hanford, CA
High School: Hanford
Position: WR
Awards: Academic Honors (4 Yrs)
Varsity Co-Captain
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Schomaker: "Andrew is the third Hanford player to decide on Greenville as their school of choice over the past three years. He is a very fast football player and already fits in well with the guys on the team. He will be a great addition to the program"
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I chose Greenville because it felt like home the minute I arrived. I had the opportunity to see how the team is one big family and how they bond together. I feel like it was the right place for me to attend."

Joseph Rios
Hometown: Lake Jackson, TX
High School: Brazoswood
Position: OL
Awards: MVP Lineman Award
Buc Award
LZ Bryant Captains Award
Heart Award
Major: Education
Coach Rode: "Joseph is a strong young man that will bring a high level of commitment to the offensive line. He will add depth during his early years in this program, and I believe he will develop and grow to be a big contributor to our nationally ranked rushing attack. I am thankful Joseph and his family have chosen to continue his football career as a Panther."

Johnathan Roa
Hometown: Lemoore, CA
High School: Lemoore
Position: DL
Awards: WYC Lineman of the Year
1st Team All-League
VHSCA Wrestling All-American
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Schomaker: "Johnny is a very powerful young man and will be very successful for us on the Defensive Line over the next 4 years. He is a great fit for GC and will develop into a leader within our program."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I chose Greenville because I wanted to be on a team that wins and also has a great football program. After seeing what Greenville has in store, I knew it was the school for me. That is why I chose Greenville."

Richard Wilburn
Hometown: Warrenton, GA
High School: Warren County
Position: DB
Awards: National Society of High School Scholars
Team MVP
Golden Helmet Award
Baseball Offensive Player of the Year
Major: Undecided
Coach Bell: "Richard’s work ethic in the classroom and on the field will be a tremendous addition to our program. He is an exceptional student and competitive athlete. Richard’s intelligence, size, and athleticism will allow for him to compete early in his career at GC. He is also one of the most respectful young men I have had the opportunity to recruit. I am looking forward to see him strive to reach his potential as a Panther."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "Greenville College is a wonderful place for me to pursue my football career. I also like what the football program has to offer. Most importantly, I think Greenville College is a great place to further my education and that's why I chose Greenville."


Just Over 75 Days Until Pre-Season Camp..

Another fantastic video by Pounds Media


2013 Season Team Captains: The results are in...

During the last meeting of the semester, the team voted on four captains for the 2013 season. Two defensive players and two offensive players were selected. These four individuals will represent the team before games with the officials. They will also serve as captains for the servant leadership council. The servant leadership council is a group of players with representatives from every class and position. This council helps the coaching staff make decisions on all facets of the program. 

These four captains are expected to represent the 5 leadership tenets of the program. 
1. Lead Courageously & despise passivity
2. Accept Responsibility with No excuses
3. Choose Commitment over comfort
4. Be Selfless not selfish
5. Leave a Legacy

The four Panthers selected, as captains for the 2013 season are Cody Lopez, Bryce Wright, Brendan Chambers, and Jesse Tyrrell. Read what the coaches had to say about them:

Cody Lopez is a captain of captains. He is a tremendous leader who understands that the team grows and develops as individuals are influenced. He has consistently used his influence to help individual players get better, so that the team gets better. Cody is selfless. He leads when he is healthy. He leads when he is injured. Cody leads by example. The team understands that Cody will hold himself to a high standard first. He is consistently one of the first guys to serve, first guys in the weight room, first guys present to the AM running program. The team made a tremendous choice for Cody to be a captain. He is a great example of EMAP Football. He'll do great leading the Panthers in 2013.” - Coach Walker

Bryce Wright has been a joy to coach and that is greatly due to his leadership. Since his move to DB last spring, Bryce has displayed an ability to take command of the secondary. He leads vocally and by example. I think what I love most about him is his ‘accept responsibility, no excuses’ attitude. Bryce accepts responsibility for his mistakes, but more importantly, is always seeking steps to improve. He is never afraid to ask questions and has a heart to learn the game. I know the guys are influenced by Bryce’s game day performances, but I believe they love his heart for the team. He wants to see all the guys on the team reach their potential, and it is revealed in the way he leads.” - Coach Bell

Brendan Chambers is the leader of the offense. While he may not be the loudest guy in the locker room or on the field, he is quiet strength. He has fostered belief from his teammates that no situation is too difficult. This was evident in four 4th quarter comebacks over the past two years. This belief in Chambers causes each of his teammates to raise their level of play to match his. Brendan knows the offense inside and out. He makes all the calls and arranges his teammates into the proper position both in practice and games. He is mentally tough. As an option QB who runs the ball 15-20 times a game, he has never missed a start. He has played with injuries, fighting through a shoulder injury in 2011 and a hamstring tear in 2012. He has earned the trust of his teammates and they have responded by naming him a leader for the 2013 season.” - Coach Schomaker

Jesse Tyrrell is the greatest example of a servant leader that I have coached on the offensive line. He is highly respected for his intensity, work ethic, courage, and selflessness. He won’t shy away from speaking up when needed, but also will pull a guy to the side and offer encouragement. He is the type of guy that makes everyone around him better and challenges people to become their best. Jesse is the guy that you want to go to battle with. He is a terminator!” - Coach Mingo


Class of 2017: Part 7

Nate Brown
Hometown: Staunton, IL
High School: Staunton
Position: TE
Awards: National Honor Society
All South Central Conference OL
Best Lineman
SHS Citizenship Award
SHS Honesty & Fairness Award
Son's of American Revolution Citizenship Award
Major: Worship Arts
Coach Rode: "Nate Brown has an extremely high level of character. He will quickly become a spiritual influencer on this team because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. I am thankful he has chosen to compete for the next four years here at Greenville College."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I chose Greenville College because of the authentic discipleship of the students and faculty described by speakers and revealed by the worship set on the morning of the visit days I attended. My first visit was the deciding factor. The genuine worship of students and faculty at chapel reminded me of my own church. The first idea tackled when I first met with Coach Mingo about playing football was the objective that the football team was to not just compete, but to win while embodying Biblical principles. I can't wait to start my post-high school experience playing football at Greenville College."

Kaleb Slaven
Hometown: Buena Park, CA
High School: Sunny Hills
Position: WR
Awards: Coach's Award
Captains Award
Minds in Motion Award
Major: Pre-Nursing
Coach Schomaker: "The thing I am most excited about Kaleb is his leadership potential. Kaleb has a dynamic personality that people flock to be around. As he moves from High School QB to college WR I can't wait to watch that leadership develop within his position group."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I chose Greenville because its something different, the people, the town and the scenery, that's what I liked about Greenville. They are a great school academically and they have an awesome football program as well, that is why I chose to go to Greenville."

Carson Guzman

Hometown: Fresno, CA
High School: Clovis North
Position: RB
Awards: 1st Team All-Conference
1st Team All-Section
Major: Accounting
Coach Schomaker: "Carson is a dynamic running back that has worked diligently to hone his craft. He is a stud in the classroom and fits the Christian ethos of the school. All in all Carson is exactly what we look for in a GC student-athlete.""

Jonathan Bennett
Hometown: Oakley, IL
School: McLennan CC
Position: RB
Awards: 1st Team All-District
All-State Honorable Mention
Major: History or Phys. Ed.
Coach Rode: "Jonathan Bennett has a strong desire to be a part of our football program. He is a talented running back that will be successful because of the work ethic that backs up his athleticism. He has a lot of potential to become an extremely impactful player in this program."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I originally wanted to go school in Illinois to be closer to my dad and his family. Then, I looked for colleges with good football and academic programs. Greenville College was in a good location, was a good size, and fit the bill for what I was looking for. I was very pleased that Greenville also has a good spiritual influence. All of these factors contributed to my decision to choose Greenville College."


Eight In-State Games Headline Greenville's 2013 Schedule

EMAP Nation is pleased to announce the Greenville College Football schedule for the 2013 season. The Panthers schedule is highlighted by 8 games in the state of Illinois. Greenville’s 10-game slate also features an exciting five-game home lineup of conference contests. The Panthers’ home slate includes UMAC match-ups with Minnesota-Morris, Martin Luther, Northwestern (MN), Westminster (MO), and St. Scholastica.

The Panthers open the season on Sept. 7th with their lone non-conference contest. Greenville travels north to Decatur, IL to compete against the Millikin Big Blue. This will be the third consecutive year Greenville has opened the season with Millikin. The conference schedule kicks off the following week on Sept. 14th against Minnesota-Morris. This game is also the home opener for the Panthers. This will be only the third meeting between the two teams since Minnesota-Morris made the transition to Division III in 2003. Greenville played Minnesota-Morris at a neutral site in 2011 and on the road in 2012. This will be the first ever trip to Greenville for the Cougars.

The next week Greenville is on the road at Eureka College. The last time Greenville traveled played at Eureka, the game ended in mind-blowing fashion. The Panthers capped off a 10-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass from current senior QB Brendan Chambers to win 36-33. Greenville returns home on Sept. 28th following week to face off against Martin Luther College.

Before closing out the season with three home games in four weeks, the Panthers have two week stretch on the road. On Oct. 5th, Greenville will square off against Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN. The following week, Greenville will head down to Jacksonville, IL for a match-up against MacMurray College on Oct. 12th.

The Panthers return home for Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 19th to square off against its 2012 Victory Bowl opponent and fellow UMAC tri-champion Northwestern (MN). Greenville faced NWC twice in a three-week span. After finishing the season with a win in St. Paul, MN against NWC, both teams were selected to compete in the 2012 NCCAA Victory Bowl. If this game is anything close to the 28-27 overtime thriller displayed in the NCCAA Victory Bowl, then expect a highly competitive match-up. The NWC Eagles are stepping into familiar territory, as this will be their third trip to Greenville over the past three years.

Greenville will close out the road schedule against new UMAC member Iowa Wesleyan on Oct. 26th. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. On Nov. 2nd, the Westminster Blue Jays will travel into Greenville Panther country. The Panthers were able to pull out a 34-22 win in Fulton, MO last season, so expect the Blue Jays to try an avenge that loss.

The final game of the season is highlighted by Senior Day. The Panthers will honor its seniors on this day, as it will be their last game played at Francis Field. Greenville will square off against St. Scholastica on Nov. 9th in what is sure to be a very intense game. Both teams finished tied with NWC for first place in the UMAC last season, but St. Scholastica won the playoff bid by way of random draw. 

You can check out our schedule by clicking HERE.

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Where Are They Now?

In the Fifth installment of "Where are they now?", Emapnation.com profiled former Panther Brett Hankins.

When (and what position) did you play at GC?

“2002-2006 OL and TE”

Accolades/Achievements at GC?:

“All Conference OL 2006”

What was your Favorite Memory?

"There are honestly too many to name so I will narrow it to two events.  The first was an away game and Coach Kess had our nightly meeting in the pool room.  It was the first night I heard the “Where’s the Pony?” story and it culminated with Kess jumping in the pool!  Second, are the O-line road trips to away games with Coach Bailey driving, MOVE IT FED-EX!!"

How did your career at GC impact your life? 

"I made the best friends anyone could ask for.  I keep in contact with them on a daily basis."

What have you done/been doing since graduating from GC?

"I was the O-line/D-line/ Special Teams coach at Marion High School for the freshman team for two years (2007-2009). In 2010 I joined the Marine Corps (I missed being an active part of a team) to become a crew chief and I’ve been flying on the V-22 Osprey for the last three years (2010-2013)."

Thank you Brett for your contributions to GC Football and to our country.  


Closing out the Spring with highlights


Class of 2017: Part 6

Justin Moore
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
High School: South
Position: OL
Awards: 1st Team All-State OL (2011 & 2012)
1st Team All-Conference OL (2011 & 2012)
1st Team All-Tournament OL (2011 & 2012)
Alaska All-Star Selection
Alaska Athletic Alliance All-Alaska Team
Most Inspirational Player for Lineman Inc.
Most Inspirational Player for All-Alaska Team
Major: Undecided
Coach Mingo: "Justin is one of the most polished high school lineman that I have ever seen. As soon as we saw his film we knew that he was a guy we needed to target in this recruiting class. I expect Justin to compete for playing time very early in his career, and believe he will be a tremendous asset to the GC community."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I chose Greenville College because of how welcomed I feel. Coach Mingo has been in constant contact with me and encouraged me throughout my senior year. He has me more then ecstatic to be attending Greenville because I feel they have everything and more that I'm looking for in a college. By committing to Greenville, I feel I have become a part of something bigger and welcomed as part of the family."

William Plachta
Hometown: Brandon, FL
High School: Brandon
Position: WR
Awards: Team Captain
National Merit Scholarship Commendation
The Big B Award
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Rode: "William is a very selfess individual. He spends a lot of time volunteering and helping other people. His selfless attitude is going to make him a team first kind of guy. He will bring a lot of toughness to the WR group because of his ability to be physical when blocking."

Cory Snyder

Hometown: Jerseyville, IL
High School: Jersey
Position: DB
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Rode: "Cory is an extremely intelligent football player. He will bring a lot of leadership and savvy to the defensive secondary. I am thrilled that he has chosen to continue his career at Greenville because I know he is going to excel academically, athletically, and spiritually when he is here."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I chose Greenville because of the immediate connection I had with the coaches. The campus and town had an at-home feel which weighed heavily on my decision. Academics was also a draw for me, I plan to major in Criminal Justice, but also have an interest in Environmental Science."

Jeff Girdler

Hometown: Bloomingdale, IN
High School: Turkey Run
Position: RB
Awards: Warrior Leadership Award
Team Captain
All-Wabash Valley All-Star Team Selection
Regional Qualifier (Wrestling)
Regional Runner-Up (Wrestling)
Semi State Qualifier (Wrestling)
Major: Sports Management - Coaching Minor
Coach Orr: "I'm glad to welcome Jeff as a new member of our program. The work ethic and selflessness that Jeff brings with him will be assets that will help him fit right in to EMAP Nation."
Why Did He Choose Greenville: "I chose Greenville College for numerous reasons but the top reasons are that I can pursue a degree in sports management and enhance that degree with a coaching minor. Future plans that I can pay it forward to future young athletes and leave positive lasting impressions on them... And how awesome is it that I can do that while playing football as a Panther!!"


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