GSC News

Pioneers Open Camp


The Glenville State Pioneer football team and Head Coach David Hutchison opened up the 2015 Camp this past Monday at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team and Head Coach David Hutchison opened up the 2015 Camp this past Monday at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium.

The coaching staff and 125 Pioneers hit the field at 9:00 a.m. for a morning walk through, after that it was straight to position meeting, and then at 1:00 p.m. they took the field for the first practice of the 2015 season.

The Pioneers will open up the season on the road Saturday, September 5th when they travel to Urbana University. The first home game of the 2015 season is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night under the lights as the Pioneers host West Virginia Wesleyan.

Posted in Football | Comments Off

Pioneers Picked Fourth in MEC Preseason Football Poll


Senior running back Rahmann Lee and the Pioneer football team has been picked fourth in the MEC Preseason Poll

Bridgeport, W.Va. – The Concord Mountain Lions have been picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference football champions after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches. Concord collected 100 points in the poll and was picked to finish first on 10 ballots.

Shepherd was picked second with 90 points and had the remaining first-place vote. Charleston was chosen third with 81 points, followed by Glenville State in fourth (69), West Liberty in fifth (60) and Notre Dame in sixth (56). West Virginia Wesleyan was predicted to finish seventh with 42 points, and Fairmont State (36), West Virginia State (30), UVa-Wise (20) and Urbana (18) rounded out the poll.

Concord (13-1, 10-0) returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that captured the MEC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals. Calvinaugh Jones, the 2014 MEC Offensive Player of the Year, returns after rushing for 1,734 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with quarterback Brian Novak who threw for 3,739 yards and 33 touchdowns. On defense, CU brings back defensive back Derrick Johnson (79 tackles, 7 interceptions) and linebacker Austin Dotson (64 tackles). First-team All-MEC kicker Andy Ellington (19 field goals) helps solidify the special teams unit.

Shepherd brings back seven starters on offense and six on defense from a team that came within one game of earning a share of the MEC title and finished 8-2 overall (8-2 MEC). The Rams have their running back tandem of Jabre Lolley (767 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Allen Cross (601 yards, 8 touchdowns) intact, as well returning starter quarterback Jeff Ziemba who threw for 2,248 yards and 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions a season ago. The Rams were second in the country in total defense last year and return key members James Gupton (team-best 69 tackles), Myles Humphrey (team-best 13 TFL, 8.5 sacks) and C.J. Davis (5 interceptions).

Charleston (8-3, 7-3) will try to move up in the standings after finishing third in the league in each of the last two seasons. The Golden Eagles will rely on running back Marvin Elam who rushed for 1,031 yards and a league-best 16 touchdowns last season. All three quarterbacks that saw action last year return in 2015 and will try to utilize wideout Joey Augustin who had 43 catches and eight TDs last year. UC will have to re-load on defense returning just two starters, but can build around corner and special teams standout Torie Wagner (4 interceptions, 2 punt returns for TDs).

Behind the versatile Rahmann Lee and 10 offensive starters, Glenville State will look to improve on its 5-6 overall record (5-5 MEC) from last season. Lee is third among all active Division II players with 3,884 career rushing yards and last year added 37 catches for 510 yards to complement his skill set. Junior quarterback Sean Steele battled injuries but connected on 60 percent of his passes and threw for 19 touchdowns had just five interceptions last season, and Dante Absher hauled in 57 balls for 854 yards in 2014. The Pioneers have just four returning starters on defense, but three of those were among the team’s top tacklers last season in James Johnson (84 tackles), Zach Mayes (65 tackles) and Spencer Steele (61 tackles).

West Liberty (6-5, 6-4) has 15 starters returning to the hilltop in 2015. The offense will be led by quarterback Dakota Conwell, who threw for 1,965 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 386 yards with three more TDs last fall. On defense, all four starters return up front, led by vets Quentin Sifford (8.5 TFL) and Darnell Vickers (8.0 TFL), while linebackers Marcus Schumacher (79 tackles) and D’Andre Muhammad (49 tackles, 2 interceptions) are back to solidify that unit.

Notre Dame (7-4, 7-3) is coming off its most wins in program history, but enters 2015 with a new head coach and will need to replace All-MEC quarterback Ray Russ. Malik Grove and Ryan Fallon will compete for the starting spot under center and will try and take advantage of All-MEC wideout Mitchell Shegos who hauled in a league-best 103 passes last season. NDC has 10 starters coming back on defense including sophomore Jalon Avent (60 tackles, 15 TFL, 7.0 sacks) and Derrick Bavol (47 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 6.5 sacks), and defensive back Onslow Williams (55 tackles, 7 pass breakups).

West Virginia Wesleyan (4-6, 4-6) has nine starters returning on offense and nine more on defense in head coach George Shehl’s third season at the helm. The Bobcats will need to replace quarterback Jeremy Musselman, but Tyler Bolen saw action last season (55-for-119, 596 yards, 7 TDs) as Musselman battled injuries. Michael Anderson has over 1,100 career rushing yards and Zach Schademan is a reliable receiver who led the team with 668 yards last season. On defense, the Bobcats return leading tackler Mike Savage (87 tackles, 6.5 TFL) and welcomes back Antonio Harris who had 57 tackles in 2013 before missing last year.

Fairmont State (3-7, 3-7) will feature one of the more explosive combinations in the league in quarterback Cooper Hibbs and wideout Fabian Guerra. Hibbs played in just six games last year due to injuries, but threw for over 300 yards in four of those contests, and Guerra was a first-team All-MEC wideout after catching 63 passes for 822 yards. The Falcons will be led on defense by its leading tackler from last year, Marcus Porter (69 tackles) and defensive back Jacob Jean-Charles (51 tackles, 2 interceptions).

West Virginia State (2-9, 1-9) returns several key pieces on both offense and defense as it looks to improve on last year’s win total. Sophomore Matt Kinnick threw for 2,213 yards last season and running back Tevin Brown averaged 5.3 yards per carry in the seven games he played and will be counted on to lead the offense in 2015. On defense, WVSU returns nine starters including linebacker Mitch Rowell, who led the team in tackles last season (79), and defensive back Kevin Coffie, who was among the league leaders in passes defended (21).

UVa-Wise (2-9, 2-8) has 15 starters back from last year’s squad, including nine on the defensive side of the ball. The Cavs will be led by linebacker Zack Blair who racked up a league-best 26.5 tackles for a loss and finished with 96 total tackles. UVa-Wise will rely on running back Carlton Griffith (617 yards) and Terrence Younger (50 receptions, 710 yards) to make plays on offense.

Urbana (3-8, 2-8) went through a coaching change over the summer as Tyler Haines takes over the reigns of the Blue Knights program. Haines, who was most recently the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Indiana (Pa.), has just four starters returning on offense to work with. Urbana, though, features two of the top defensive players in the league in D’Gary Wallace, a two-time first team All-MEC selection, and Kevin Chapple, who has been among the league leaders in sacks and tackles for a loss in each of his first two seasons.

The 2015 season begins on Thursday, Sept. 4 with Fairmont State playing host to West Virginia State and Charleston at home against Notre Dame. The rest of the MEC teams get underway on Saturday, Sept. 5.


Posted in Football | Comments Off

GSC Veterans team up with VFW


For more information:
Public Relations and Marketing
Glenville State College
(304) 462-4115

GLENVILLE, WV— The Glenville State College Student Veterans Association recently teamed up with Glenville Veterans of Foreign War Post 5469 to raise money to celebrate West Virginia veterans.

The VFW held their annual golf tournament fundraiser at the Glenville Golf Club to benefit the Clarksburg Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center welcome home event. Their event is a celebration of all veterans who have served our great nation and to thank them for their courage, bravery, and commitment to maintaining America’s freedom.

This is the second year that GSC student veterans have teamed up with the Glenville VFW post. “This cooperative effort gives younger veterans a chance to learn about resources for veterans in the local community, and to maintain some of the ‘esprit des corps’ established in military service,” said Student Veteran Association President Jon Clark.

Clark, VFW member and GSC Office of Technology Database Administrator Charles Schmidt, and VFW member Timothy Swiger presented welcome home event organizers with a check for 2500 dollars.
The welcome home event will be August 22 at the VA Park in Clarksburg. It is free to all veterans and their families. In addition to food and music, there will also be information on VA health care, benefits, educational opportunities, community resources, and more.

Clark says the Student Veterans Association and VFW Post 5469 will be working together again at GSC’s annual military appreciation ball on Saturday, November 7. The event is open to all community members and veterans.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

MEC Football Media Day Tabbed for Thursday


The Mountain East Conference will hold its 2015 Football Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport, W.Va. this Thursday, August 6

Glenville, W.Va. – The Mountain East Conference will hold its 2015 Football Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport, W.Va. this Thursday, August 6.

All 11 of the league’s coaches and several players will be on hand to give their thoughts on the upcoming season and the preseason conference poll will be released.

The Pioneers return 10 starters on the offensive side of the ball, led by versatile running back Rahmann Lee. Lee is third among all active Division II players with 3,884 career rushing yards and last year added 37 catches for 510 yards to complement his skill set. Junior quarterback Sean Steele also returns along with wide out Dante Absher.

The Pioneers defense only returns four starters but three of those were among the team’s top tacklers last year with James Johnson, Zach Mayes, and Spencer Steele.

The Pioneers this season will look to improve on last year’s overall record of 5-6 (5-5 MEC).

The MEC media day will get underway at 1:30 p.m. and be sure and catch all the action on Thursday’s by checking the Glenville State Athletic social media accounts, on Twitter and Facebook.

The Pioneers open up the 2015 season on the road on Saturday, September 5 at Urbana University with a 12 p.m. kickoff.

Posted in Football | Comments Off

Glenville State Announces Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

For More Information:
Public Relations & Marketing
Glenville State College
(304) 462-4115

Dr. Milan Vavrek

Dr. Milan Vavrek

GLENVILLE, WV-Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Milan Vavrek as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Vavrek joined the Glenville State College faculty in fall 2006 and was promoted to full professor status with tenure in 2010. He has served as chair of the Land Resources Department since July 2011 and continues an active research agenda.

A native of northern Ohio who has resided in West Virginia for nearly twenty years, Vavrek earned his baccalaureate degree at Kent State University. He then went on to earn his masters and doctorate degrees in biology from West Virginia University. Before coming to Glenville State, he was the Scott Weathersby Professor in Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University.

In addition to ensuring that GSC continues to offer high quality academic programs to its students while continuing to explore new programs, Vavrek says he hopes to strengthen faculty and student scholarship, whether that includes performance, artistic works, or scientific research. “We have extremely talented faculty and students at GSC, and we can offer the state and our disciplines so much more.” Moreover, he said, “I would like to encourage a stronger sense of community among our faculty and staff. We sometimes become so involved in our individual departments and lives that we lose sight of the overall campus.”

“I’m pleased and excited to have Dr. Vavrek in this new role. Having worked with him for the last nine years I know he will be an outstanding leader for Academic Affairs at Glenville State College,” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.

Vavrek assumed his duties on July 1, 2015 after the retirement of former GSC Provost Dr. John Peek.

Posted in Academics, Faculty and Staff | Comments Off

HSTA Campers Return to GSC


A HSTA camper casts a shoeprint

GLENVILLE, WV – Again this year, Glenville State College was the site of a Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) summer camp. The 2015 camp incorporated a presentation to Gilmer County Magistrate Carol Wolfe. Each group of students had to process a crime scene, analyze the evidence, and prepare a presentation regarding their evidence requesting an arrest warrant for their suspect. The presentations took place at the Gilmer County Court House.

HSTA Campers at Courthouse

Participants of the HSTA camp held at GSC before they presented to Gilmer County Magistrate Carol Wolfe

Campus organizers Kelly Treece, Dr. Kevin Evans, and Joseph Wood, all of whom are Glenville State College professors, said the event was a huge success. High school teachers from surrounding counties also contributed to the education of the sophomores involved in the camp.

Approximately 80 students were in attendance from all around central West Virginia.

Posted in Academics, Students | Comments Off

Glenville State Announces Interim Athletic Director


Glenville State College and President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce and appoint Marcal Lazenby, GSC Class of 2008, as Interim Athletic Director

Glenville, W.Va. – Glenville State College and President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce and appoint Marcal Lazenby, GSC Class of 2008, as Interim Athletic Director effective July 1, 2015. He has served as Assistant Athletic Director since 2010.

In his current role as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance he has assured college, conference, and NCAA Division II athletic and academic compliance and has played a significant role in expanding athletic fundraising. He is also a member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Lazenby, who is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, came to Glenville State in 2003 where he was a member of the Pioneer Football team. He was the starting offensive guard on the 2008 WVIAC Conference Champion Football team. Also during his career he was a three time All-Conference player and an All-Region player.

He expressed excitement and a strong sense of purpose in taking the job, saying that his main priorities will be to provide the ultimate environment for student-athlete success and bring GSC alumni and fans together. “GSC has a rich and vibrant athletic culture, and I want GSC Athletics to continue to excel in every aspect,” he said. “It’s time for us to capture the aura, tradition, and passion of the Glenville State family in order to provide the necessary resources for our student-athletes to excel on and off the fields and courts.”

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree he began working at his alma mater in 2009 as an Assistant to the President.

Posted in Acrobatics & Tumbling, Athletics, Baseball, Cheerleading, Football, Men's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Golf, Men's Track & Field, Women's Basketball, Women's Cross Country, Women's Golf, Women's Softball, Women's Track & Field, Women's Volleyball | Comments Off

GSC Invites Community to Help Welcome Incoming Students


For More Information:
Public Relations & Marketing
Glenville State College
(304) 462-4115

GLENVILLE, WV – On Friday, August 14, new students will be welcomed to Glenville State College (GSC) for the 2015-2016 academic school year. Students will use Friday and the weekend to become acquainted with the school and community before classes begin on Monday, August 17.

Campus & Community Picnic

New GSC students chat with community organizations, business owners, and church parishioners at last year's Campus & Community Picnic

To help the new students learn about the Glenville community—including local businesses, churches, and other groups that might interest them—GSC is hosting a Campus Picnic & Community Fair.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 15 beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn near GSC’s Clark Hall. Representatives from community businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to set up displays to introduce themselves to the new students through the use of coupons, gift certificates, free samples, and information. The annual event is an opportunity to show new GSC Pioneers what the community has to offer them.

“This is a very exciting time in the lives of these students, and we are giving local residents the chance to introduce themselves and their organizations to them. We are more than excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that’s so willingly gives back to those in the area,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Jodi Walters.

Anyone interested in participating should reserve a table by Friday, August 7. To make reservations or for additional information, contact Walters at or (304) 462-6416.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Tuttle and McWhorter Named MEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Finalists

Glenville State's Paige Tuttle and Hunter McWhorter have been named finalists for MEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

Bridgeport, W.Va. – The Mountain East Conference today announced the 12 female and 12 male finalists for the league’s inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Each institution in the MEC selected one female and one male as finalists for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding academic and athletic performance for the previous academic year. Each finalist will receive a plaque. The criteria to be nominated are: (1) a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average; (2) participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests in a MEC-sponsored sport; (3) minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

The female finalists are: Sarah Akers (Concord University, Soccer), Hailey Garrett (Fairmont State University, Basketball), Paige Tuttle (Glenville State College, Basketball), Lauren Langenderfer (Notre Dame College, Basketball), Georgia Karr (Shepherd University, Lacrosse), Nichole Perry (University of Charleston, Basketball), Taylor Gianangeli (Urbana University, Soccer), Karly Allen (UVa-Wise, Volleyball), Lauren Howard (West Liberty University, Tennis), Sydney Kaplan (West Virginia State, Softball), Jessica Hong (West Virginia Wesleyan, Soccer), Andrea Thobe (Wheeling Jesuit).

The male finalists are: Cade Rogers (Concord University, Football), David Bannister (Fairmont State University, Tennis), Hunter McWhorter (Glenville State College, Football), Mitchell Shegos (Notre Dame College, Football), Steven Lesko (Shepherd University, Tennis), Conor Branson (University of Charleston, Soccer), Taylor Cayot (Urbana University, Football), Bill Steven (UVa-Wise, Baseball), C.J. Hester (West Liberty University, Basketball), Dennis Gardeck (West Virginia State, Football), Tanner McGrew (West Virginia Wesleyan, Basketball), Tyler Zahnon (Wheeling Jesuit, Track & Field).

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year is determined by a vote of the administrators in the Mountain East Conference and the league office. The female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced Tuesday, July 21, and the male winner will be announced Wednesday, July 22.

Posted in Football, Women's Basketball | Comments Off

GSC Pioneer Football One Day Elite Camp Rescheduled


The GSC Football “ONE DAY ELITE CAMP” has been rescheduled. Please contact Eric Smith at for more information

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer Football ” One Day Elite Camp” has been rescheduled. For more information please contact Assistnat Football Coach Eric Smith at (304) 462-6232 or emial him at .

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted in Football | Comments Off
  • Categories

  • Archives