By Gaylen Blosser
June 16, 2014
GREENVILLE– The inaugural Green Wave Football Golf Outing and Hog Roast went down as a big success with a large attendance and the aid of perfect weather.
“We were fortunate today,” Greenville head football coach Aaron Shaffer said. “We had 12 groups come out, 48 guys come out to play golf.
“We roasted a 200 pound hog out here at the course, and now it’s time to sit down for some diner, silent auction and some music,” Shaffer added. “We are going to have a corn hole tournament here in a little bit all to benefit our program and try to be able to put the best equipment available on our players.”
The funds raised go to purchase helmets, uniforms and items needed to provide a first class high school football program as well as the safest equipment available for the players.
“I’m really excited to be out here to support the young men,” Greenville defensive line coach Eric Hanes said. “Everybody came out and showed their support and are having a good time golfing and eating.”
Coach Shaffer played high school football for the Green Wave and is a Wittenberg alumnus, where he played from 1995-98 and served as an assistant coach for the University from 1999-2004.
“Coach Shaffer brings a winning attitude to this program,” assistant coach Hanes said. “I believe in his system. I believe in him and his ability. He has played the game at a high level. To have the coaches we have, all played the game at a good level and understand what it takes to win. Not only do we need the players and the support of the community but we need the parents and everybody to jump on board and enjoy the sport of football.”
“We have had a lot of good workouts this winter and early spring” Shaffer said. “We have a bunch of kids out this early summer.
“We have been as high as 113 kids in the morning from 7–10 for our summer strength and conditioning,” Shaffer added. “The kids are working hard. The coaches are coming in three hours a day on their time and really working the kids out. We really expect great things.
“We have been fortunate to send a bunch of kids off to college from here last year,” Shaffer said. “We have another class that will be college bound next year.”
“We have quality players,” Hanes said. “We don’t just build good football players, we are trying to build men for the future and if we can do that by using football … that’s what we need to be doing.”
“With great community support and good work ethic, we are going to be able to put a team on the field that Greenville and the Greenville High School community can be proud of,” Shaffer said.
The Green Wave will be a Division III school the 2014 season, just nine boys short at last count of being classed with Division II schools.
“When the state expanded the playoff to seven divisions, it kind of guaranteed that we will be no bigger than Division II,” Shaffer said. “When you start talking about Division III schools, you are talking about the Trotwoods, the Tipp Citys, the Thurgood Marshalls, so you are still playing quality opponents when you get to that second season in the playoffs, which two of those three are on our schedule.
“We play a great schedule with being in the GWOC and our non-league schedule is tough,” Shaffer added, “but we are real excited about what we have coming here in 2014.”
Coach Shaffer and his staff have brought excitement to Greenville football and are continuing to build on that excitement encouraging all interested young men to get involved and be a part of a winning program.
“It’s never too late. We take kids all the way up until the second week of our two-a-day practices,” Shaffer said. “Right now we are 7-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at the high school for our strength and conditioning.”
The Greenville junior high and youth camps are the first and third weeks of July, according to coach Shaffer.
“If anyone has questions, I am more than happy to take their phone call on my cell phone at 937-206-4816 or they can stop by the main office,” coach Shaffer said. “Coach Swisher (Greenville athletic director) is in there with all of our camp forms and all of our paperwork.
“We are real excited,” Shaffer said. “The more kids we can get out participating and giving their efforts for Greenville, the better we are going to be.”