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Kent Krober

Kent Krober
Athletic Director
(618) 664-6622
kent.krober@greenville.edu


Kent Krober began his tenure as athletic director in March 2014.  Krober is a 1978 graduate of Greenville College and returns to the college after serving for 13 years in various positions as a public school teacher and coach in East St. Louis, Ill., vice president for the church and ministry division at Cass Commercial Bank in St. Louis, and most recently, a development and planned giving officer at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Krober will succeed Dr. Doug Faulkner, who has been athletic director since 1999. Krober will officially assume the duties in March.

During his 35-year career, Krober has showed significant experience in development and admissions with strong leadership and managerial capabilities. He has displayed a record of quality service, staff and expense control, goal achievement, public relations, and effective teaching, coaching, and mentoring.

Krober was employed in various positions at Greenville College from 1982 to 2001, starting as an admissions counselor and assistant men’s basketball coach and eventually serving as director of alumni and church relations when he departed for the teaching and coaching position in East St. Louis. During those 19 years at Greenville College, he spent time as director of admissions and was head men’s basketball coach for six seasons.

As part of his tenure at Greenville College, he coached the men’s basketball team to a 20-win season and a berth in the NAIA District 20 playoffs. He also engaged the college’s alumni board into a “working board” which took ownership in its involvement in the affairs of the college while increasing its annual giving by 15 percent. As a member of the college’s advancement staff, he was a member of the team that gained a then-record $1.7 million in unrestricted giving.

In East St. Louis, he received a superior rating in his teaching evaluations and also coached his boy’s basketball team to a Sweet 16 berth in the Illinois Elementary School Association playoffs.

During his time at UMSL, Krober increased the giving to the college of business by 350 percent in just two years. He also started the planned giving program five years ago and has averaged $2 million in new gifts each year.

Krober earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Greenville College and a master of science in educational counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He spent the first year of his teaching career as a physical education teacher at Kingsway Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, followed by three years as a seventh grade science teacher, driver’s education teacher, and multi-sport coach for the Clinton Central school district in Michigantown, Ind.

A long-time member of the Greenville Free Methodist Church, Krober has led the board of finance as its chairman which has aided the church to a stronger financial status.

“I am absolutely delighted that Kent is returning to Greenville College,” said President Ivan Filby. “Kent really understands how our athletic programs help us fulfill our mission of delivering an education that empowers, enriches and endures. It’s great to have him back!"


Tracy Cromer

Tracy Cromer
Head Softball Coach; Senior Women's Administrator
(618) 664-6835
tracy.cromer@greenville.edu


Tracy Cromer joined Greenville College in 2014 as its head softball coach and senior women's administrator.  The 2015 spring season will be her first at Greenville College.  Cromer comes from Manchester College in Indiana where she has served as head softball coach for six years.  Prior to Manchester, she was head softball coach for five years at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn.  She also served as an assistant softball coach at Northwestern for one season.

With 11 years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level, Cromer is returning to serve in Christian higher education at her second institution dually affiliated with the NCAA and NCCAA.  Northwestern is also an NCAA and NCCAA member.

At both previous head coaching stops, Cromer’s teams were conference champions.  She has coached four all-region players, 16 academic All-Americans, and numerous all-conference and academic all-conference performers.  More recently, the 2013 Manchester softball team won the conference championship, and the team played in the finals of the HCAC conference tournament three times.

At Northwestern, her squads posted three seasons with more than 20 wins, including a school record 28 wins in 2008.  The team appeared in its first two NAIA regional tournaments, and she was the UMAC coach of the year three times.

“When we combine the strengths of Coach Cromer and Coach Barnes, we have an amazing leadership team,” said athletic director Kent Krober. “Coach Cromer brings a wealth of college experience as a head coach and a wonderful testimony of how God has worked in her life to make Jesus the Lord of her life.”


Dave Holden

Dr. Dave Holden
Associate VP for Planning; Assistant Professor of HPR; Faculty Athletic Representative
(618) 664-6750
dave.holden@greenville.edu

B.J. Schneck

B.J. Schneck
Director of Athletic Event Management and Sports Information
(618) 664-6621
william.schneck@greenville.edu


B.J. Schneck has served as sports information director at Greenville College since 2001.  He has a variety of responsibilities with sports information, game management, and special events. He graduated from Greenville College in 2001 and completed a master's degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2004.  He and his wife Laurie reside in Greenville, Ill.  They were married in 2008 and have two children, William (6/9/10) and Maelynn (4/19/12).


Janice Barth

Janice Barth
Administrative Assistant - Athletics/Physical Education
(618) 664-6622
janice.barth@greenville.edu

Joy Rode

Joy Rode
Administrative Assistant / Athletics & Physical Education
(618) 664-6631
joy.rode@greenville.edu

 Athletic Trainer

Mike Peppler

Mike Peppler
Head Athletic Trainer
(618) 664-6629
mike.peppler@greenville.edu


Mike has been the head athletic trainer at GC since August 2000.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education with an option in athletic training in 1999 and a Master's degree in Physical Education with cardiac rehabilitation/adult fitness in 2000 from Eastern Illinois University.  His duties include prevention, medical care, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, oversee the athletic training budget, policies and procedures, scheduling, and staffing of two athletic trainers and student workers.


Whitney Kessler

Whitney Kessler
Assistant Athletic Trainer; Assistant Softball Coach
(618) 664-6629
whitney.kessler@greenville.edu


Whitney has been at GC since July 2011.  She comes to GC after completing her Master's degree from Western Illinois University in 2011 and her undergraduate degree from Culver-Stockton University in 2009. Her duties include prevention, medical care, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, summer camp coverage and day to day operation of the HJ Long Athletic Training Room.


 Strength & Conditioning

Tom Broomfield

Tom Broomfield
Fitness Training Center Director; Assistant Track & Field Coach (Head Throws Coach); Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
(618) 664-6725
tom.broomfield@greenville.edu


After serving as head men's and women's track and field throws coach for 14 years, Tom Broomfield took over as head boy's track and field coach at Greenville High School.  In 2010, Broomfield returned to Greenville College as head throws coach and full-time director of the college's fitness center.  Broomfield was a part of the coaching staff that won twelve NCCAA coaching staff of the year awards and has directly coached 11 NCAA Division III All-Americans and over 25 NCAA Division III national qualifiers.  He lives in Greenville with his wife Marti and two sons, Wyatt and Thomas.


Josh Kuusisto

Josh Kuusisto
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
(618) 664-6725
jehosuah.kuusisto@greenville.edu

 Baseball

Lynn Carlson

Lynn Carlson
Head Baseball Coach; Instructor of Physical Education and Recreation
(618) 664-6623
lynn.carlson@greenville.edu


Lynn Carlson began his tenure as head baseball coach at Greenville College in 1997. While a student at Greenville College, he competed in men's basketball and baseball before signing a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and pitching in the Pirates' and San Diego Padres' organizations for two seasons. He returned to Greenville College as a student after his professional baseball career and graduated in 1993. He also holds a master's degree from the University of Kentucky.  In 2010, he passed Greenville Hall of Fame baseball coach Dave Altopp to became Greenville College baseball's all-time leader in wins.


Andy Rincker

Andy Rincker
Assistant Baseball Coach
(618) 664-6847
andy.rincker@greenville.edu

Tyler Rost

Tyler Rost
Assistant Baseball Coach
(618) 664-6847
tyler.rost@greenville.edu

Dan Schneider

Dan Schneider
Assistant Baseball Coach
(618) 664-6846
dan.schneider@greenville.edu

Men's  Basketball

George Barber

Dr. George Barber
Professor of Health & Physical Education, Head Men's Basketball Coach
(618) 664-6624
george.barber@greenville.edu


Dr. George Barber joined Greenville College in the fall of 1999 as head men's basketball coach. Before coming to Greenville College, Barber served as an assistant coach at Bradley University and an administrative assistant at the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Rick Pitino's staff for the 1996 national championship team. Barber graduated from Asbury College in 1986 before completing a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Kentucky.

While at Greenville as head men's basketball coach, he has coached players which have received -
1 NCCAA Pete Maravich National Player of the Year Award
23 NCCAA All Region Awards
2  NCCAA All-American Award
19 SLIAC All-Conference Awards
2 SLIAC All-Defensive Team Awards
5 SLIAC Team Sportsmanship Awards


Stephen Groves

Stephen Groves
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
618.664.6848
stephen.groves@greenville.edu

Kevin Cochrane

Kevin Cochrane
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
(618) 664-6849
mbasketball@greenville.edu

Alex Mumphard

Alex Mumphard
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
618.664.6849
alex.mumphard@greenville.edu

Women's  Basketball

Roy Mulholland

Roy Mulholland
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Physical Education; Head Women’s Basketball Coach
(618) 664-6625
roy.mulholland@greenville.edu


Roy Mulholland joined Greenville College in the fall of 1999 as head women's basketball coach. During his tenure at Greenville College, Mulholland picked up his 300th and 400th career wins.  He also led the program to its first NCCAA national tournaments.  He is the Greenville College physical education department chair and has chaired the NCCAA women's basketball committee.

He is currently second in Greenville's rankings for wins and tenure as head women's basketball coach.  Before joining Greenville College, Mulholland coached girl's basketball at Greenville High School for 13 years where he holds the GHS record for career girl's basketball coaching wins.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Greenville College in 1986 and a master's degree from the United States Sports Academy.


Skylar Bareford

Skylar Bareford
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

skylar.bareford@greenville.edu

Doug Faulkner

Dr. Doug Faulkner
Dean, School of Professional Studies; Associate Professor of Sports Studies; Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
618.664.6626
doug.faulkner@greenville.edu


Doug Faulkner has served as director of athletics at Greenville College since 1999. He also holds appointments as an assistant professor of health, physical education, and recreation and assistant women's basketball coach. Since returning to Greenville in 1988, Faulkner has coached men's and women's basketball as an assistant coach and head coach of both programs. He graduated from Greenville College in 1986 before earning master's degrees at Bethel College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He completed a doctorate at Saint Louis University in 2005.


Brian Reinhard

Dr. Brian Reinhard
Assistant Dean of the School of Education; Associate Professor of Spanish; Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
(618) 664-6760
brian.reinhard@greenville.edu


Brian Reinhard served as head softball coach at Greenville College from 2002-11. He also served as an assistant professor of Spanish. Before becoming head softball coach, Reinhard spent one year as head men's soccer coach and several seasons as an assistant coach within the Greenville College baseball, men's basketball, football, men's soccer, and softball programs. Reinhard graduated from Greenville College in 1986 and has completed a master's degree and doctorate at Saint Louis University.


Jada Hogg

Jada Hogg
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
(618) 664-6625
wbasketball@greenville.edu

Men's  Cross Country

Brian Patton

Brian Patton
Head Cross Country Coach; Head Track & Field Coach; Instructor
(618) 664-6627
brian.patton@greenville.edu


Brian Patton has been serving as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Greenville College since 1994.  His men's track and field teams have been crowned NCCAA national champions 12 times while the women's track and field team has placed as high as second at the NCCAA championships.

Patton is a 22-time recipient of the SLIAC cross country coach of the year award and has coached 122 NCAA Division III national qualifiers, 44 NCAA Division III All-Americans, 111 USTFCCCA academic All-Americans, and four individual NCAA Division III national champions.  Additionally, he has coached 155 all-conference athletes in cross country alone.

The men's cross country team has won 12 of the last 14 SLIAC championships while the women's team has won a total of 14 conference championships.  The men's track and field team finished in seventh place at the 2004 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with Patton at the helm.

Patton, a certified public accountant, graduated from Greenville College in 1988 and has a 15th place finish at the Vineman Ironman triathlon to his credit.  He and his wife Heather have two sons, Elijah and Caleb.


Tarra Grant

Tarra Grant
Assistant Cross Country Coach; Assistant Track & Field Coach (Sprints Coach)
(618) 664-6619
tarra.grant@greenville.edu


Tarra Grant joined the Greenville College track and field staff in 2011.  She prepped at Beardstown High School where she was the 200-meter and 400-meter Illinois Class A state champion in 2005.  While at Eastern Illinois University, Grant was a standout sprinter, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in kinesiology.  She has personal bests of 12.09 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 24.82 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and 56.47 seconds in the 400-meter dash.  She is also an accomplished and nationally ranked Olympic lifter.


Women's  Cross Country

Brian Patton

Brian Patton
Head Cross Country Coach; Head Track & Field Coach; Instructor
(618) 664-6627
brian.patton@greenville.edu


Brian Patton has been serving as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Greenville College since 1994.  His men's track and field teams have been crowned NCCAA national champions 12 times while the women's track and field team has placed as high as second at the NCCAA championships.

Patton is a 22-time recipient of the SLIAC cross country coach of the year award and has coached 122 NCAA Division III national qualifiers, 44 NCAA Division III All-Americans, 111 USTFCCCA academic All-Americans, and four individual NCAA Division III national champions.  Additionally, he has coached 155 all-conference athletes in cross country alone.

The men's cross country team has won 12 of the last 14 SLIAC championships while the women's team has won a total of 14 conference championships.  The men's track and field team finished in seventh place at the 2004 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with Patton at the helm.

Patton, a certified public accountant, graduated from Greenville College in 1988 and has a 15th place finish at the Vineman Ironman triathlon to his credit.  He and his wife Heather have two sons, Elijah and Caleb.


Tarra Grant

Tarra Grant
Assistant Cross Country Coach; Assistant Track & Field Coach (Sprints Coach)
(618) 664-6619
tarra.grant@greenville.edu


Tarra Grant joined the Greenville College track and field staff in 2011.  She prepped at Beardstown High School where she was the 200-meter and 400-meter Illinois Class A state champion in 2005.  While at Eastern Illinois University, Grant was a standout sprinter, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in kinesiology.  She has personal bests of 12.09 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 24.82 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and 56.47 seconds in the 400-meter dash.  She is also an accomplished and nationally ranked Olympic lifter.


 Football

Robbie Schomaker

Robbie Schomaker
Head Football Coach
(618) 664-6727
robbie.schomaker@greenville.edu


After leading the 2013 football team to a record of 9-2 and the program's fifth NCCAA Victory Bowl appearance, interim head football coach Robbie Schomaker has been officially appointed as Greenville College's eighth head football coach.  The 2013 squad broke numerous team records in extending a winning streak spanning two seasons to 17 games and winning nine games in a season for the first time in GC football history.  The 2013 team also received votes in the NCAA Division III AFCA national coaches poll.

Schomaker came to Greenville College in 2010 after four seasons of coaching. Schomaker previously coordinated the offense and coached the quarterbacks. The Panthers finished in top 10 in the NCAA Division III for rushing yards with an average in excess of 300 yards per game each year Schomaker served as offensive coordinator.

In addition, he helped develop 11 first team all-Conference Players, including two UMAC offensive player of the year winners and an NCCAA offensive player of the year.

His 2011 offense ranked third in the country with 501 yards per game. The team also led the conference in rushing yards, total yards, and points in 2011 and 2012. The offense Greenville runs is organized and implements a fast-paced, no huddle, shotgun triple option system.

As recruiting coordinator, Schomaker implemented and organized a national and local recruiting system. He oversaw successful recruiting trips to California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas while creating a system of weekly recruiting letters and emails. Greenville's three largest recruiting classes were secured under his leadership with an average of 65 new players each season from 2010-12.

Before Greenville, Schomaker was at Trinity International University where he spent four seasons as the offensive line coach and two seasons as the special teams coordinator. Coach Schomaker received his bachelor's degree in business management at Trinity International in 2005 where he was a two year starter at defensive end.

Schomaker and his wife Annie were married in June 2009.


Jeff DiSandro

Jeff DiSandro
Assistant Head Football Coach / Offensive Line Coach / Special Teams Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator
(618) 664-6733
jeff.disandro@greenville.edu


Jeff DiSandro returned to Greenville College in 2014 for a second time, having previously coached at the college from 2006 to 2009.  He served as the run game coordinator and eventually took over as the offensive coordinator in 2009. DiSandro will coach the offensive line and coordinate the special teams as well as assist Coach Schomaker with administrative assignments.

In DiSandro’s first year as an offensive coordinator, the 2009 Panther team won the UMAC Championship and advanced to the NCCAA Victory Bowl where they played Geneva College. That year, the Panthers recorded some of the biggest wins in school history, defeating LaGrange and Washington University for the first time.  The Panther offense produced All-American TE Zach Fredrich and UMAC co-conference player of the year RB Anthony Ambers.

DiSandro left Greenville for a position on Eric Hehman's staff at NCAA Division II Malone University. While there, he served as the offensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011.  In his two year span at Malone, his offenses managed to move into the school record books in 18 separate categories including rush yards per game, scoring in a game, and total yards in a game.  In 2010, the Malone offense finished eighth nationally in rushing yards per game and were ranked 10th nationally in the running game.  He worked with the quarterbacks and offensive line while at Malone.

Disandro is coming to Greenville from a one year stint at NCAA Division III Beloit.  As the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach he helped the Bucs offense improve in several statistical categories from the prior year.  His offensive line paved the way for freshman running back Mason Dixon to gain over 1,300 rush yards on the season (22nd nationally).

DiSandro has a solid reputation for working with the offensive line.  He has coached multiple offensive lineman who have been recognized with post season bowl game invites and all-conference awards.  He has mentored two All-American selections.  He also coached and developed Panther offensive guard Tim Burroughs and offensive tackle David Butler, who were both selected for UMAC lineman of the year awards.

DiSandro started his coaching career at Trinity International in 2004 as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line.  He has his master’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville and his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Olivet Nazarene University.  DiSandro was a four year starter on the offensive line for the Tigers.  He has served on the AFCA registration committee and now serves on the summer manual committee.

He and his wife, Patty, have been married since 2004 and have two children: Beniah and Naomi.


Andrew Rode

Andrew Rode
Assistant Football Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers and Tight Ends Coach
(618) 664-6728
andrew.rode@greenville.edu


Andrew Rode began his tenure at Greenville College in 2010.  He has served as offensive coordinator since 2013.  He also coaches the wide receivers.  Rode is coming off an impressive first year debut as the Panthers Offensive Coordinator.  Rode oversaw an offense that produced first team all-conference selection and UMAC player of the year Brendan Chambers.  The 2013 Panther offense was also ranked nationally, finishing third in rushing and 18th in total offense.  Rode also oversaw an offense that had six first and second team all-conference selections.  Rode was instrumental in helping the Panthers to a school best 9-1 record in the regular season and an NCCAA victory bowl appearance.

As special teams coordinator in 2013, Coach Rode mentored kicker Josh Frewin who was a second team all-conference selection and the UMAC special teams player of the year.  The Panther PAT/FG team and kickoff team were ranked at the top of the UMAC statistics.

Rode came to Greenville as a graduate assistant coach under Ordell Walker.  He coached running backs and slots his first two seasons on the staff and in 2010 mentored first team all-conference and UMAC offensive player of the year selection Anthony Ambers.  Ambers was also a third team all-north region selection.  That same year, Rode helped the Panther offense rank eighth in the national rushing standings.  In 2011, Rode mentored another all-conference selection at the running back position while helping the Panthers finish fifth nationally in the run game standings.

Coach Rode joined the Panthers from Anderson College where he served as the wide receiver coach and video coordinator for one season.  He was heavily involved in breakdowns and film exchange, and he recruited central Indiana.

Coach Rode is a graduate of Wabash College where he studied Psychology.  He was a three year letter winner in both football and track.  As a Wabash wide receiver and in his four year tenure, the football team finished with an overall record of 40-7.  Rode was also a part of the the Wabash team Unity Council his senior year in college.  Rode has completed his master's degree in education from Greenville College.  He is married to Joy Rode who also works at Greenville College.


Trent Laune

Trent Laune
Assistant Football Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach
(618) 664-6730
trent.laune@greenville.edu


Coach Trent Laune joined the Greenville College coaching staff for the 2013 season and is its defensive coordinator.  He will coach the defensive backs this season.  He is coming off an impressive first year debut as the Panthers defensive coordinator.  Laune helped coach the Panthers to a school best 9-1 record in the regular season and an NCCAA victory bowl appearance.  Four Panther defensive players earned UMAC all-conference honors, and two Panther defensive players earned NCCAA mentions.

As the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, Laune’s defense held opponents to just 117 rush yards per game and limited offensive scoring to 23 points per game.  The defense showed tremendous improvement from the year before when the Panther defense allowed 30 points per game.  Defensive backs Bryce Wright and Anthony Moore were named to the UMAC all-conference squad.  Moore was also a first team NCCAA selection.  Linebacker Cody Lopez and defensive lineman Issac Barber were also all-UMAC selections.  In addition, Laune coached linebacker Johnny Uperesa, who was named defensive MVP in the NCCAA Victory Bowl.

Coach Laune joined the Panthers from Concordia, an NAIA member in Nebraska.  Laune held many titles at Concordia including linebacker coach, defensive line coach, and graduate assistant.  In 2011, he was a part of a defensive coaching staff that limited opponents to 2.8 yard per carry.  He also coached the top linebacker in the conference that same year.  Coach Laune has coached 14 all-conference performers on the defensive side of the ball.  He has also served as a clinic lecturer Nebraska high school football clinics.

Coach Laune has his bachelor's degree in business and an MBA in finance, both from Concordia.  He and his wife Megan are heavily involved in international missions work.  They have been married since 2009 and reside in Greenville.


Joel Lira

Joel Lira
Assistant Football Coach / Offensive Graduate Assistant / Quarterbacks Coach / Assistant Recruiting Coordinator / Strength Coach
(618) 664-6726
joel.lira@greenville.edu


Joel Lira has served on the Greenville College coaching staff since 2013.  He returns after completing his first season as the quarterbacks coach and offensive graduate assistant.  Last year, Coach Lira helped the Panthers to a school best 9-1 regular season record and an NCCAA Victory Bowl appearance.  Lira coached QB Brendan Chambers and helped the Panthers offense soar to new heights.  Under Lira's tutelage, Chambers was selected first team all-UMAC and UMAC offensive player of the year.  Chambers was also a preseason All-American.  The Panther offense was ranked third nationally in rushing offense with 326 rush yards per game and finished the season ranked 18th nationally in total offense with 473 yards per game.

Coach Lira is a Greenville graduate.  He started at quarterback for two seasons after transferring from New Mexico Military Institute.  He helped the Panthers to a 14-6 overall record in his two years.  After the 2009 season, the Panthers qualified for postseason play in the NCCAA Victory Bowl.  Coach Lira served as a team captain during all four years as a college football player.  He was freshman of the year in 2007 at NMMI and was elected best cadet in his troop in 2008.

Coach Lira is completing his masters of arts in coaching education while at Greenville.  He graduated in 2012 with a degree in History and Political Science.   Coach Lira also serves as the assistant recruiting coordinator and runs the strength program for the football team.  He is a member of the AFCA and is originally from Lubbock, Texas.


Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien
Assistant Football Coach / Defensive Graduate Assistant / Linebackers Coach
(618) 664-6729
jim.obrien@greenville.edu


Jim O'Brien joined the Panther football staff in 2014 after completing his education and playing career at NCAA Division II Southwest Oklahoma State.  O'Brien will serve as a graduate assistant coach working with the linebackers and the special teams.

At Southwest Oklahoma, O'Brien was a two-year team captain and team defensive MVP in 2013.  In his senior season, O'Brien recorded 85 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, six sacks, and an interception.  He also blocked a punt.  Before Southwest Oklahoma, he attended San Bernardino Valley Community College where he also served as a two-year captain.  In his sophomore year at San Bernardino, O'Brien recorded 108 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss.  O'Brien also completed a coaching and playing stint professionally in Austria for the Schwaz Hammers.  He coached and played running back, linebacker, and defensive end.

O'Brien attended Rim of the World High School in southern California where he served as a two-year team captain.  He has completed an associate's degree in liberal arts from San Bernardino, a bachelor's degree in communications from Southwest Oklahoma, and a master's degree in park and recreation management.  O’Brien will pursue a master's degree in education at Greenville College.


Rich Stewart

Rich Stewart
Assistant Football Coach / Defensive Line Coach
(618) 664-6744
football@greenville.edu


Rich Stewart returned to Greenville College in 2008 for his third tenure as an assistant football coach.  He coaches the defensive line.  He previously served as a Greenville College assistant coach for seven seasons from 1987-93 under head coach Max Bowman and two seasons from 2003-04 under head coach Scotty Kessler.  He returned to campus in 2008 under head coach Eric Hehman.  Between his stints at Greenville College, he was head football coach at Hillsboro High School where he accumulated a 87-38 overall record in 12 seasons.  He led the Hiltoppers to nine IHSA playoff appearances from 1994-02 and 2005-07.  Stewart holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Southeast Missouri State University.  He resides in Hillsboro, Ill., with his wife Margie, and they have two adult children, Jason and Jennifer.


Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore
Assistant Football Coach / Defensive Backs Coach
(618) 664-6744
football@greenville.edu

Luke Moore

Luke Moore
Assistant Football Coach / Assistant Offensive Line Coach
(618) 664-6744
football@greenville.edu

Jesse Tyrrell

Jesse Tyrrell
Assistant Football Coach / Running Backs Coach
(618) 664-6744
football@greenville.edu

Men's  Soccer

Chris Swift

Chris Swift
Head Men's Soccer Coach
(618) 664-6637
chris.swift@greenville.edu


Chris Swift begins his second season as head coach of the men’s soccer program. In his first season in charge, Swift guided the Panthers to a 6-10-4 overall record and 5-3-1 in the SLIAC, qualifying for the SLIAC Conference Tournament. The Panthers placed three members on the All-Conference Team and had four members on the SLIAC All-Academic Team. The program’s GPA has risen to 3.34.

He has accepted an invitation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to be an associate staff coach.  The NSCAA is the largest soccer coaches organization in the world.  In the summer 2014, he completed the advanced national course and was offered the invitation. He also completed their level 3 goalkeeping course. 

As an associate staff coach, he is able to instruct the introductory level courses.  He is pursuing the NSCAA premier diploma, the highest of the traditional courses that the NSCAA offers with hopes of eventually leading some of the higher level courses as well.

Prior to arriving at Greenville, Swift spent four years as an assistant coach at two NCAA Division I institutions (Eastern Kentucky University and Lamar University). In his one season at EKU, the team finished 10-7-3, posting the first winning record in program history while setting school records for overall wins, conference wins (six), goals, assists, points, and shots. The Colonels went undefeated at home for the first time in program history, posting a home record of 8-0-1. The 2012 also earned a fifth consecutive berth in the OVC Tournament.

The Lamar University soccer program improved all three years that Swift was a member of the coaching staff, culminating in 2011 when the Cardinals enjoyed the most successful season in the five-year history of the program, setting school records for wins (eight) and conference wins (six), while earning the No. 3 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. Six Lady Cardinals earned all-conference honors following the breakout season.

Before arriving at Lamar University, Swift was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Vanguard University of Southern California from 2008-09. Swift played goalkeeper at Vanguard from 2002-06 and recorded 138 saves and four shutouts during his career. He earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science.

Swift also possesses several years of high school and club coaching experience in Southern California, serving as head boys soccer coach at San Juan Hills HS for the 2007-08 season and an assistant boys soccer coach at Aliso Niguel HS from 2002-2007, while also serving as the goalkeepers coach for the LA Legends W-League team in 2009, and as a staff coach at United FC from 2006-09 and Slammers FC from 2004-06.

A 2006 graduate of Vanguard University in California, Swift holds four coaching certifications – NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, USSF "C" License, USSF National Youth License, and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma.

He and his wife, Marissa, reside in Greenville.


Sasha Viatrov

Sasha Viatrov
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach; Men's Soccer Recruiting Coordinator
618.664.6633
aliaksandr.viatrov@greenville.edu

Jameson Ramirez

Jameson Ramirez
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach; Head Men's Reserve Team Soccer Coach
(618) 664-6637
jameson.ramirez@greenville.edu


Jameson Ramirez is the latest addition to the Greenville men's soccer coaching staff. Having joined in 2010, Ramirez will be serving as an assistant coach for the men's reserve team. His principle duties will include working with the goalkeepers as well as providing general technical and logistical assistance to reserve team head coach Robert Johnson.

Ramirez graduated with honors from Greenville College in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. In August of 2010, Ramirez earned his master's degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Born and raised in the Central American country of Guatemala, Ramirez started playing soccer (or 'futbol' as it more commonly referred) from the early age of three. As a player Ramirez was brought up in the reserve team system of Guatemalan first division team Coban Imperial, earning his way to a spot on the first team. In 2002 he chose to come to the United States for school where he eventually played high school and club ball in Harrisburg, PA. In 2003, Ramirez joined the ranks of the Greenville College men's soccer team where he successfully played several seasons, assuming captaincy of the team in 2006 and garnered several accolades that included team all-conference selections.


Jacob Krisher

Jacob Krisher
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
(618) 664-6637
201006253@panthers.greenville.edu

Women's  Soccer

Jeff Wardlaw

Jeff Wardlaw
Director of Soccer Operations; Head Women's Soccer Coach
(618) 664-6668
jeff.wardlaw@greenville.edu


Jeff Wardlaw has served as head women’s soccer coach and director of soccer operations since the spring of 2012.  Prior to leading the soccer programs, he was the men’s and women’s graduate assistant coach from 2005-08 and then returned in 2010 as the associate head men’s and women’s coach, a position he held for two seasons.  Over the last nine years, Wardlaw has been a vital piece of the puzzle that has helped create a very competitive and nationally recognized program.

Since his time at Greenville, the soccer programs have combined for appearances in three NCAA national tournaments, two NCCAA national tournaments, and six conference tournament championship games.  They have won three regular season championships over this period.  Now in his 13th year of coaching soccer, Wardlaw has coached at the club, high school, and collegiate levels

As a player, Wardlaw competed at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., where he captained a No. 1 ranked team in the NCCAA.  His teams made two national tournament appearances and competed in the NAIA regional finals where they lost twice to eventual national champions Lindsey Wilson.  While at Cumberlands, he was a two year captain and received all-conference honors.  As a young player, Wardlaw competed in national championships with Team KC, a premier club in the Kansas City area.

Wardlaw received his bachelor of arts in psychology from Mid-America Nazarene University in 2000.  After graduation, he worked as a supervisor and team leader at TLC for Children and Families, a boys' and girls' home in Olathe, Kan.  Wardlaw completed his master of arts in teaching from Greenville College in 2008.

Wardlaw is also the owner of Southern Illinois Happy Soccer Feet and Legends which is a program that goes to preschools and child daycare centers and introduces "story time with a soccer ball."  It introduces advanced balance and physical skills in the most fun way while bringing joy, confidence, and self-concept.  Happy Feet participants graduate into Southern Illinois Legends, a soccer club which develops creative, brave, risk takers for life.

Wardlaw currently resides in Edwardsville, Ill., with his wife Kristen.


Heidi Koehl

Heidi Koehl
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
618.664.6640
heidi.koehl@greenville.edu

Marissa Swift

Marissa Swift
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
618.664.6640
wsoccer@greenville.edu

Women's  Softball

Tracy Cromer

Tracy Cromer
Head Softball Coach; Senior Women's Administrator
(618) 664-6835
tracy.cromer@greenville.edu


Tracy Cromer joined Greenville College in 2014 as its head softball coach and senior women's administrator.  The 2015 spring season will be her first at Greenville College.  Cromer comes from Manchester College in Indiana where she has served as head softball coach for six years.  Prior to Manchester, she was head softball coach for five years at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn.  She also served as an assistant softball coach at Northwestern for one season.

With 11 years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level, Cromer is returning to serve in Christian higher education at her second institution dually affiliated with the NCAA and NCCAA.  Northwestern is also an NCAA and NCCAA member.

At both previous head coaching stops, Cromer’s teams were conference champions.  She has coached four all-region players, 16 academic All-Americans, and numerous all-conference and academic all-conference performers.  More recently, the 2013 Manchester softball team won the conference championship, and the team played in the finals of the HCAC conference tournament three times.

At Northwestern, her squads posted three seasons with more than 20 wins, including a school record 28 wins in 2008.  The team appeared in its first two NAIA regional tournaments, and she was the UMAC coach of the year three times.

“When we combine the strengths of Coach Cromer and Coach Barnes, we have an amazing leadership team,” said athletic director Kent Krober. “Coach Cromer brings a wealth of college experience as a head coach and a wonderful testimony of how God has worked in her life to make Jesus the Lord of her life.”


John Barnes

John Barnes
Assistant Softball Coach
(618) 664-6835
john.barnes@greenville.edu

Brianne Hair

Brianne Hair
Coordinator for Research and Processing; Assistant Softball Coach
(618) 664-6508
brianne.hair@greenville.edu

Whitney Kessler

Whitney Kessler
Assistant Athletic Trainer; Assistant Softball Coach
(618) 664-6629
whitney.kessler@greenville.edu


Whitney has been at GC since July 2011.  She comes to GC after completing her Master's degree from Western Illinois University in 2011 and her undergraduate degree from Culver-Stockton University in 2009. Her duties include prevention, medical care, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, summer camp coverage and day to day operation of the HJ Long Athletic Training Room.


Men's  Tennis

Brett Brannon

Brett Brannon
Head Men's Tennis Coach
(618) 593-3230
brett.brannon@gafundraising.com


Brett Brannon has served as head men's tennis coach at Greenville College since 2002. While attending Greenville College, he played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles and earned team MVP two times. He was also a two-time NCCAA first team All-American. During his playing career, he compiled a singles record of 94-24. He graduated from Greenville College in 1997.

Still active in competition, Brannon was ranked number one in men's open singles in the USTA-St. Louis tennis district for the summer of 2006.

He and his wife, Becky, have three daughters - Addison, Emma, and Lauren.


Women's  Tennis

Pam Craig

Pam Craig
Head Women's Tennis Coach
(618) 664-1071
pam.craig@greenville.edu


Pam Craig returned to Greenville College in 1994 as head women's tennis coach. She also coached women's tennis at Greenville College during the 1977-78, 1979-80, and 1983-84 seasons. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, she teaches activity classes in the health, physical education, and recreation department. While serving as head women's tennis coach, Craig spent two years as head volleyball coach in 1997 and 1998.

In 1997, 2001, and 2006, Craig was named SLIAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year. She graduated from Greenville College in 1977.


Men's  Track & Field

Brian Patton

Brian Patton
Head Cross Country Coach; Head Track & Field Coach; Instructor
(618) 664-6627
brian.patton@greenville.edu


Brian Patton has been serving as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Greenville College since 1994.  His men's track and field teams have been crowned NCCAA national champions 12 times while the women's track and field team has placed as high as second at the NCCAA championships.

Patton is a 22-time recipient of the SLIAC cross country coach of the year award and has coached 122 NCAA Division III national qualifiers, 44 NCAA Division III All-Americans, 111 USTFCCCA academic All-Americans, and four individual NCAA Division III national champions.  Additionally, he has coached 155 all-conference athletes in cross country alone.

The men's cross country team has won 12 of the last 14 SLIAC championships while the women's team has won a total of 14 conference championships.  The men's track and field team finished in seventh place at the 2004 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with Patton at the helm.

Patton, a certified public accountant, graduated from Greenville College in 1988 and has a 15th place finish at the Vineman Ironman triathlon to his credit.  He and his wife Heather have two sons, Elijah and Caleb.


Tarra Grant

Tarra Grant
Assistant Cross Country Coach; Assistant Track & Field Coach (Sprints Coach)
(618) 664-6619
tarra.grant@greenville.edu


Tarra Grant joined the Greenville College track and field staff in 2011.  She prepped at Beardstown High School where she was the 200-meter and 400-meter Illinois Class A state champion in 2005.  While at Eastern Illinois University, Grant was a standout sprinter, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in kinesiology.  She has personal bests of 12.09 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 24.82 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and 56.47 seconds in the 400-meter dash.  She is also an accomplished and nationally ranked Olympic lifter.


Dan Newkirk

Dan Newkirk
Assistant Track & Field Coach (Vaults Coach)
(618) 664-6627
track@greenville.edu


Dan Newkirk began his career as Greenville College vaults coach for the 2012-13 season.  He comes to Greenville while concurrently holding the postion as head boy's track and field coach at Litchfield High School.  A health teacher at Litchfield Middle School, Newkirk has also served as head boy's and girl's cross country coach at Litchfield High School.  He is a 1989 graduate of North Central College with a bachelor of arts in physical education.


Tom Broomfield

Tom Broomfield
Fitness Training Center Director; Assistant Track & Field Coach (Head Throws Coach); Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
(618) 664-6725
tom.broomfield@greenville.edu


After serving as head men's and women's track and field throws coach for 14 years, Tom Broomfield took over as head boy's track and field coach at Greenville High School.  In 2010, Broomfield returned to Greenville College as head throws coach and full-time director of the college's fitness center.  Broomfield was a part of the coaching staff that won twelve NCCAA coaching staff of the year awards and has directly coached 11 NCAA Division III All-Americans and over 25 NCAA Division III national qualifiers.  He lives in Greenville with his wife Marti and two sons, Wyatt and Thomas.


Lee Coakley

Lee Coakley
Assistant Track and Field Coach
(618) 664-6627
track@greenville.edu

Women's  Track & Field

Brian Patton

Brian Patton
Head Cross Country Coach; Head Track & Field Coach; Instructor
(618) 664-6627
brian.patton@greenville.edu


Brian Patton has been serving as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Greenville College since 1994.  His men's track and field teams have been crowned NCCAA national champions 12 times while the women's track and field team has placed as high as second at the NCCAA championships.

Patton is a 22-time recipient of the SLIAC cross country coach of the year award and has coached 122 NCAA Division III national qualifiers, 44 NCAA Division III All-Americans, 111 USTFCCCA academic All-Americans, and four individual NCAA Division III national champions.  Additionally, he has coached 155 all-conference athletes in cross country alone.

The men's cross country team has won 12 of the last 14 SLIAC championships while the women's team has won a total of 14 conference championships.  The men's track and field team finished in seventh place at the 2004 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with Patton at the helm.

Patton, a certified public accountant, graduated from Greenville College in 1988 and has a 15th place finish at the Vineman Ironman triathlon to his credit.  He and his wife Heather have two sons, Elijah and Caleb.


Tarra Grant

Tarra Grant
Assistant Cross Country Coach; Assistant Track & Field Coach (Sprints Coach)
(618) 664-6619
tarra.grant@greenville.edu


Tarra Grant joined the Greenville College track and field staff in 2011.  She prepped at Beardstown High School where she was the 200-meter and 400-meter Illinois Class A state champion in 2005.  While at Eastern Illinois University, Grant was a standout sprinter, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in kinesiology.  She has personal bests of 12.09 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 24.82 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and 56.47 seconds in the 400-meter dash.  She is also an accomplished and nationally ranked Olympic lifter.


Dan Newkirk

Dan Newkirk
Assistant Track & Field Coach (Vaults Coach)
(618) 664-6627
track@greenville.edu


Dan Newkirk began his career as Greenville College vaults coach for the 2012-13 season.  He comes to Greenville while concurrently holding the postion as head boy's track and field coach at Litchfield High School.  A health teacher at Litchfield Middle School, Newkirk has also served as head boy's and girl's cross country coach at Litchfield High School.  He is a 1989 graduate of North Central College with a bachelor of arts in physical education.


Tom Broomfield

Tom Broomfield
Fitness Training Center Director; Assistant Track & Field Coach (Head Throws Coach); Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
(618) 664-6725
tom.broomfield@greenville.edu


After serving as head men's and women's track and field throws coach for 14 years, Tom Broomfield took over as head boy's track and field coach at Greenville High School.  In 2010, Broomfield returned to Greenville College as head throws coach and full-time director of the college's fitness center.  Broomfield was a part of the coaching staff that won twelve NCCAA coaching staff of the year awards and has directly coached 11 NCAA Division III All-Americans and over 25 NCAA Division III national qualifiers.  He lives in Greenville with his wife Marti and two sons, Wyatt and Thomas.


Lee Coakley

Lee Coakley
Assistant Track and Field Coach
(618) 664-6627
track@greenville.edu

 Volleyball

Tom Ackerman

Tom Ackerman
Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach
(618) 664-6509
tom.ackerman@greenville.edu

Krystine DaCorte

Krystine DaCorte
Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
(618) 664-6638
krystine.dacorte@greenville.edu

Ivan Estevez

Ivan Estevez
Assistant Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach
(618) 267-4752
ivanlourdes@sbcglobal.net


Ivan Estevez graduated from Greenville College with a degree in 1998 in Spanish & Physical Education. He has been coaching for 12 years (4 at the h.s. and 8 at the college).


Suzanne Davis

Suzanne Davis
Chief of Staff, In-House Legal Counsel, Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
(618) 664-6827
suzanne.davis@greenville.edu

  • NCAA Division 3
  • SLIAC
  • UMAC
  • NCCAA