Men's Head Coach
Chris Swift enters his fourth season as head coach of the men’s soccer program. Under Swift, the men’s soccer program emphasizes success on the field, in the classroom, and in spiritual growth and character development.
On the field, Swift guided the Panthers to a 10-10 overall record and 7-2 SLIAC record in 2015, both improvements on the 2014 season of 10-8-1, 6-3. 2014 also saw the Panthers win the Raven-Quaker Classic hosted by Anderson University and Earlham College. In his three years as head coach, the Panthers have placed two players on the NCCAA All-American list, 10 SLIAC players of the week, 15 players on the All-Conference teams, five players on the NCCAA All-Region team and have garnered a total of six Conference Players of the Week and two NCCAA National Players of the Week.
Success in the classroom is also very important. The men’s soccer program earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the third time in program history for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Panthers qualified with a team GPA of 3.29. In just three years under Swift, 13 players have been named to the SLIAC All-Academic Team, and seven players have been named NCCAA Scholar-Athletes.
When it comes to spiritual growth and character development, the men’s soccer team hosts regular Bible studies and is also very active with the Special Olympics program in Southern Illinois. Growing and giving back is an essential part of the men’s soccer program.
Swift also serves as an Associate Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), leading and instructing introductory level coaching courses.
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. 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, earning the No. 3 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament.
A 2006 graduate of Vanguard University in California with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science, 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.
Head Women's Coach
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.
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Mark is entering his second season as a member of the coaching staff. Previously he competed for Greenville College on the soccer field being a member of teams that won two SLIAC Conference championships and earning two berths to the NCAA DIII National Tournament. While a student at Greenville College, he obtained his degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Management. Currently he is working towards his MAE in Coaching.
Before coming to Greenville, Ward served as an assistant coach for McKendree University during the 2014-2015 season. His duties while there were to help coordinate and execute training sessions.
At Greenville, his duties include carrying out training sessions, planning travel, and also serves as the Director of Internal Recruiting. He also serves as the Director of Player Development for GlenEd soccer club in Edwardsville, IL. There he trains teams ranging from U8-U18.
Ward holds a USSF D License and an NSCAA National Diploma.
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Micah Collins comes to Greenville College from Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. He is in his second year at Greenville, serving as a graduate assistant, earning his Masters of Art and Education in Coaching. Before Greenville, Micah played 4 years as a goalkeeper at Penn State University, in State College, PA, and one red-shirt year at Villanova University, located in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Penn State in 2013 with an honors undergraduate degree in Engineering Sciences and Mechanics with a minor in Biomedical Engineering.
After college graduation, Micah continued coaching at the high school, middle school and club levels, coaching both boys and girls. This past summer, Micah assisted with the U16 girls FCKC Pink Panthers team that won the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship in Indianapolis, IN, and finished as national semifinalist in Frisco, TX.
Micah will be earning his USSF “C” License in November of 2016. Currently, he holds an NSCAA Level 2 Goalkeeper License, NSCAA Management of the Game Diploma, and an NSCAA Professional Development Diploma, as well as being an ACSM certified personal trainer.
When asked what he likes most about Greenville, he answered, “I love the atmosphere here. I loved being in a Christian environment and being surrounded by great people, who genuinely care about others. Greenville has taught me the importance of community and building meaningful, lasting relationships.”
Assistant Women's Coach
Heidi Koehl joined the Greenville coaching staff in August of 2014 as an assistant for the Lady Panthers after playing and starting for Greenville for 4 years. Prior to this, Koehl attended Althoff Catholic High School and was a part of the 2010 State Championship team and graduating class. Koehl was an all-conference performer and earned several team awards. Koehl has coaching experience working at a variety of soccer camps at many levels as well as goalkeeper coaching. Koehl earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business Administration while attending Greenville College. She is currently working on obtaining her Master's in Business Administration.
Assistant Women's Coach
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