Class of 2018 Part 2

Dylan Massey
Hometown: Abernathy, TX
High School: New Deal High School
Position:  OLB/Safety
Major: Pre-Engineering
Coach Lira: “It was a long process in recruiting Dylan as he is a very highly sought out outside linebacker and safety from West, Texas. I am excited about his play-making ability in the Secondary. He is a player who possesses great commitment and is a great weight room guy. I believe Dylan is a great fit for the GC family.
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “To me the environment and the people surrounding me were going to keep me focused and set on my goals faith, family, and football. The brotherhood that Coach Lira talked about was something I strongly wanted to be a part of.”

Tyler Delargy
Hometown: Highland, AR
High School: Highland High School
Position: OL
Major: Physical Education: Coaching Minor
Coach Laune: “I am very excited about Tyler's decision to be a Panther in the fall. Tyler comes from a winning program that instilled great character traits in him early on. He is a great young man and has a huge amount of potential in the coming years. We expect great things from him and can't wait to get started working with him.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “I choose Greenville College because I feel as if they can further my education. Also I feel as if the school and the football coaches can make me a better man than I already am and also get me closer to The Lord. Also the football team made me feel as one of them and like I was at home.”

Jacob Siefken
Hometown: Naperville, IL
High School: Naperville Central High School
Position:  OL
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach Rode: “Jacob will be a great asset to the EMAP Nation.  He is a very raw player that has great potential.  He has the attitude of a man that is willing to work himself into a place of greatness, yet he has the character and understanding to know that greatness goes far beyond the field.  He will be a man that will live a successful and significant life while he is here and for the rest of his life.”
Why did He Choose Greenville: “I chose Greenville for a couple of reasons. One of those was the professors and coaches will care for you more than a student they will want to be your friend. The atmosphere of when I got there was that this is home it's the place for me to be. All the times I have been there have been positive whether if it's with the football team or just visiting.”

Andre Lugo
Hometown: Greenacres, FL
High School: John I Leonard High School
Position: Punter
Major: Sports Management Recreation
Coach Orr: “Andre has been incredibly responsive throughout the recruiting process.  He has been working diligently this entire offseason and has shown a lot of improvement from the end of his senior season.  Andre is someone who is going to continue bringing that kind of dedication to the program.  We’re excited about bringing in a punter who we believe can compete right away.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “I chose Greenville because on my visit I felt a friendly atmosphere from everyone on campus, and the players form a brotherhood that shares the same passion of the game as I do. I definitely felt at home while at the visit and want to call Greenville my home with my brothers for the next four years.”

Tywon Bender
Hometown: Kankakee, Illinois
High School: Kankakee High School
Position:  DL
Major: Sports Management
Coach Lira: “Tywon is a guy that is big and physical. I am very excited to welcome him to the EMAP family.  He is also a guy that is very dedicated to his academics.  He will be a guy that helps us on the field as well as off the field.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “The reason I chose Greenville is, I wanted to make a change in the world.  I wanted to make a difference in Greenville’s atmosphere, what I bring is a desire to play college football and giving all I have to be the best I can be. 


Q&A with Joy Rode on Her New CD

Q: Was there a moment in your life that made you want to become a musician?
A: There wasn't one specific moment, rather a series of events. For one, I grew up in a family of musicians and singers and everyone was involved with the music at our church. Also, I started listening to women artists who played guitar and wrote their own music. Once I started learning guitar, I tried writing and although the 7th grade boy basketball player,” the process of writing was becoming more familiar nonetheless. First couple songs consisted of lyrics like, “My crush is in love with that cheerleader while I look like an awkward 7

Q: How did your CD get the name “Stages”?
A: While “Stages” is the name of one of my songs, which depicts a story of different seasons of life, the album as a whole is summed up in the name “Stages.” I’m coming to realize that life is one big cycle of seasons. Each season has its own set of joy (no pun intended), trials, and events. It’s up to us whether we pay attention to pockets of growth during these seasons. I’m hoping this album encourages others to see the bigger picture and feel hope that if they want or need to, they can get out of a difficult season.

Q: All of the songs on the CD are originals written by you, but are there any that are especially meaningful to you?
A: Each song has its own story. All of the lyrics are especially meaningful to me, but I can say that I enjoy singing/recording specific ones. Some times when you actually start performing a song, you realize it may not be a huge hit (you can usually tell by the yawns). My favorite song to sing/perform would be “Give it Up” because to me, it is one of the most creative songs I’ve written and I connect with the lyrics while I am singing it almost every time.

Q: How does being the wife of a coach mix with your passion for music?
A: Surprisingly, these two roles seem to be working together in my favor. For instance, Coach Rode (Andrew) is quite busy trying to help continue to build the EMAP vision, and while I miss being around him in the evenings, it frees me up to write, perform, or plan during this time slot. Also, the team can come see me perform and it is yet another opportunity for Andrew and I to build relationships with players and meet their girlfriends (free concert=cheap date with the boo thang).

Joy singing during a Friday chapel.
Q: What are your favorite parts of being a part of the EMAP Nation?
A: As a whole, I love how this program transforms lives, or rather how it used by Jesus to transform lives. Specific parts of EMAP that I love are “put up’s” after the games, Wide-Receiver Tuesday night meetings when I bring brownies and get put on the “hot seat,” and how it is a school and program that spiritually challenges my husband by being led and giving him a chance to lead others. I can’t wait for season #4 as being a Coach’s Wife! Let’s go!

Q: What is one funny thing about Coach Rode that his players wouldn’t know about him?
A: One evening we walked up stairs to our apartment and came face to face with a large, balding, hissing, possum. Coach Rode was so excited that even after we went inside, he would periodically open the door and turn the porch light on to make sure he was still there. He also tried to lure the possum back to our porch in the following weeks by setting food out for him. The possum’s name is Harold. Guess who named him? So, you may not have known it, but Coach Rode is a big animal lover.

Q: Will you be performing in the Greenville area any time soon?
A: Yes, this weekend actually! You can stop by the Blackroom at Greenville College around 8:00pm on Friday March 28th, and I’ll be performing after Tyler Wright.  On April 5th I will be playing at the Blackroom again in the “Battle of the Bands” which is the competition leading up to Agapefest.  Hope to see you there!

You can find Joy’s album “Stages” on itunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stages/id829018237
Twitter: @JoyRode11


Greenville College 2014 Schedule: Who's Excited?

Greenville Football is proud to announce the schedule for the 2014 football season.  Greenville will play five home game and five away games.  The Panthers will travel to Minnesota four times and to Missouri once.    

The Panthers will open the season at home this year on Sept. 6th with Millikan, a non-conference opponent.  This will be the fourth consecutive year Greenville has opened the season with Millikan.  Last year Greenville came from behind in a thrilling 48 – 41 victory.  Conference play kicks off the following week on Sept. 13th against Minnesota–Morris.  The Panthers will be on the road for this contest.  

The following weekend Greenville is at home playing UMAC foe Eureka College. The last two meetings have been extremely close contests with the Panthers coming out on top.  Greenville is back on the road again for a Sept. 27th show down against Martin Luther College.

The next two weeks the Panthers will be at home playing vs. Mac Murray College on Oct. 4th and Crown College (MN) Oct. 11th.

The Panthers are back on the road again, traveling to meet UMAC rival Northwestern College (MN).  This will fourth consecutive season Greenville and Northwestern have played dating back to 2009.  Fans should expect an extremely competitive game although Greenville came out on top last season.  Greenville and Northwestern met in the Victory bowl in 2011.  
Greenville will be at home on Oct. 25th versus Iowa Wesleyan, only the second meeting between the teams.  On Nov. 1st the Panthers will head back on the road again to take on Westminster College (MO).  

The Panthers will close out their season on the road playing the returning UMAC champs St. Scholastica College.   Greenville will square off against St. Scholastica on Nov. 8th and it is sure to be a very intense game.  The Panthers fell to the Saints last season 27 – 21.  

The Panthers Junior Varsity Schedule has also been released.  The JV schedule will include four home contests and one away.  The Panthers will square off against some new faces in 2014 including Olivet Nazarene Sept. 22nd, Southern Illinois Edwardsville Oct. 10th and Mid West Preparatory Academy Nov. 3rd.  

Please come out and support your Greenville Panthers as they look to build on last seasons record setting performance.  

Click  Here to see Varsity and JV 2014 Schedule.

Curious to see Greenvilles away game experience.

Huge thanks to Pounds Media!!!


Q&A with Assistant Coach Jeff DiSandro

Coach DiSandro, welcome back to EMAP Nation!  We’re excited to have you here on the staff.  He will be the Panther’s Offensive Line Coach as well as have the responsibility of being the Assistant Head Coach for the program. 

Q: Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!  Take some time to tell us about your family and background.

My wife Patty and I have been married for 10 years and we met at Olivet Nazarene where she played volleyball and I played football.  We have a son, Beniah, who is about to turn 5 and a daughter Naomi who is 2 months old.  I have coached football for 9 seasons at a few different schools (Trinity International, Greenville, Malone, and Beloit).  

Q: What is it about Greenville College Football that brought you back to Southern Illinois after a few years away?
I was excited about getting the opportunity to have some different roles within the program.  I felt I wanted to get back into Christian education and I also wanted to work with coaches who share the same coaching philosophies I do.  The Holy Spirit is at work in this program … and that’s been evident since the early 2000’s and I really just wanted to be where I know He is working again.

Q: You spent some time outside of coaching since you were last at Greenville, what did you do and where did you work?
I was a cop in Charleston, SC.

Q: Is there one memory in particular that stands out to you from your experience with the Charleston Police Department?
My time there confirmed what I really wanted to do or what I am called to do.  I love teaching, coaching, leading and mentoring young men and adults.  I also really love football.  I enjoyed my time away from coaching at first … but it became pretty clear how much I missed it and I gained some real clarity with the profession during my year off.  I was blessed to work for an outstanding leader in our Team Lieutenant.  I learned so much under Lt. Walker and felt like I gained some valuable skills under his watch.  But one take-away I definitely have is that I always shine my shoes before recruiting events now!

Q: What do you like to do with your free time (before you had a newborn of course)?
I like to work out, read books, and spend time with my kids.  Our oldest is getting to an age where we can do some cool stuff with him like dad/mom – son dates etc.  I’ll also read pretty much anything these days.  In particular, I am about to finish “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and my next one is a clock management book.  And of course, I also enjoy watching film!     

 Thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for our EMAP Nation followers!


And It Begins...Class of 2018

Lincoln Kestner
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
High School: 
Boulder Creek High School
Position:  DT
Major: Criminal Justice
Coach DiSandro: “
We are very excited that Lincoln will be a Panther!  He is an outstanding football player who will help make our defensive line better immediately.  He is also a great person.  He possesses the leadership and character qualities we look for in a student athlete.  We are expecting big things from Lincoln!”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “Out of all the schools I visited, Greenville was a place that made me feel at home. The team doesn't focus on earthly values; it focuses on relationships and pursuing their faith! For me Greenville offered me the “whole” package (academics, spirituality, and great football!).

Samuel Northey
Hometown: North Richland Hills, Texas
High School: Birdville High School
Position: WR & RB
Major: Undecided
Coach Lira: “There is only one word to describe Samuel, and that word is WOW! It doesn't matter where you put him on the field; he is going to make big plays everywhere. We are lucky to have Samuel, and look forward to his future here.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “This is a great program! The main reason is to become a better leader, a leader in Christ, and grow up as a Godly man!” 

Jonny Pruiett
Hometown: Perryville, Missouri
High School: Perryville High School
Position:  RB
Major: Athletic Training
Coach Schomaker: 
“Everyone I have spoken with about Jonathan tells me how passionate he is about football and how hard he works to maximize his potential.  He will quickly buy in to the EMAP principles and set a tone in the weight room for our team.”  
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “I chose Greenville because of the atmosphere. The coaches made me feel comfortable as well as the players. I felt at home!”

Caleb Lira
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
High School: Coronado High School
Position: LB
Major: Chemical Engineering
Coach Lira: “Caleb has all the leadership skills we look for in a middle linebacker. His passion for Jesus, his teammates, and football make him a great fit for our college. Playing at the NAIA level for the last two years, we expect big things from Caleb next year.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “I wanted to be part of a program that is bigger than myself. I am looking forward of being a part of a winning tradition, and having a chance of playing for my brother.”

Ben Perry
Hometown: Edwardsville, Illinois
High School: 
lle High School
Position:  OL
Major: History and Political Science
Coach Lira: “Ben is a guy that we are really excited about!  He is a person that is going to strive for perfection in his academics and athletics.  Ben comes from a very competitive high school, and I see him bringing those same leaderships skill with him.”
Why Did He Choose Greenville: “I chose Greenville because I am a third generation legacy. I also really like the environment on campus because everybody is just so kind and friendly, I look forward to my time there!”


Student Government President Riley O'Regan Q&A

Today, here at EMAP Nation, we have the opportunity to share a recent interview with former player, Servant Warrior, and current Student Government President Riley O’Regan.

Q: Riley, tell EMAP Nation a little about where you are from and what brought you to Greenville College.
A: I am from Woodinville, Washington about 20 minutes from Seattle and I originally came to Greenville College when Coach Rode recruited me to play football!

Q: Last year you transitioned from a role on the field as a player, to being a Servant Warrior.  What was that experience like for you?
A: Yes, that was quite the experience. Being a Servant Warrior was extremely humbling. Moreover, it was definitely a lesson about all the work that goes on behind the scenes that the coaches would have to work through without our help.

Q: Was there an aspect of that change that you really struggled with?
A: Yes. The lack of locker room time was a struggle. That is where memories are really made. It’s tough to stay connected when you aren't on that level anymore.

Q: Going into your senior year at GC, you're making another transition.  We’re sad to see you not working with us every day, tell EMAP Nation about what you'll be doing next year.
A: This next year I will be the Student Body President for Greenville College. I am ecstatic to continue working in Student Government and to be able to use the Leadership skills learned in football for change on campus.

Q: What got you interested in becoming a part of Greenville’s student government? 
A: I was at the All College Hike when I was approached about being the Senate representative of the dorm I was living in. I served these last two semesters on Senate and was encouraged to apply for President.

Q: What EMAP principle or principles do you feel like will help the most in your new role on campus?
A: I could easily say all of them, because they all apply. But I would say the most helpful one would be the current series from 1 Corinthians 13 about the different ways to love your brothers. It has been extremely insightful.

Q: There are tons of memories made as a part of Greenville College Football.  Would you mind sharing one that really stands out to you?
A: Spring Ball is always my favorite. Everything about it makes me smile. The conditioning brings you closer as you move from one station to the next, but not quitting on your brothers. The scrimmaging, even though we don’t wear pads, is a blast with the great competition. The best part, however, is the weather. It adds energy to all the guys and we thoroughly enjoy it.

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