Archive for the ‘Honors’ Category

Lady Tiger Salas Named ASC Defensive Player of the Week

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Earning her first shutout of the year, junior Christina Salas has been named the American Southwest Conference “Defensive Player of the Week.”  This is the second week in a row that ETBU has had an ASC Player of the Week as Kia Jelley was given the award last week.

Salas recorded four saves in a 2-0 shutout of Millsaps College in Mississippi as ETBU moved to 3-1 on the year. The win is the second straight for ETBU which was last done in 2012.  She faced 10 shots from Millsaps and stopped shots for saves in the 27th, 57th, 77th, and 79th minutes.  Her defensive stops in the box were key each time as ETBU took the win.

ETBU will be back home on Friday, September 19th hosting Belhaven College at 5:00 p.m. at Cornish Field.

Two Tiger Football Players Named ASC Players of the Week

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

pow football sept 13Winning their home opener over Austin College, 43-27, East Texas Baptist University has two players that were named the American Southwest Conference Players of the Week.  Junior Josh Warbington and freshman Wayne Grice both earned the award.

Warbington was named the offensive player of the week for throwing over 400 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  His 408 yards is second best in his career and only the second time to reach 400 yards passing. He completed over 70% of his passes (27-of-38) and had touchdown passes of 63 yards, 43 yards, and 25 yards.  After ETBU took a 16-14 lead on a safety, he drove his team to two straight scoring drives and a third one that ended on the one-yard line. 

Grice earns his first ever award as the special teams player of the week helping ETBU with field position on kickoffs.  He returned six kickoffs for 138 yards with his longest of the night being 53 yards. That run was stopped by the kicker that was between him and the goal line. 

 ETBU hosts Southwestern University at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th in Ornelas Stadium.

Jelley Named ASC Player of the Week

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

jelley pow(9/10/14) – For the second week in a row an East Texas Baptist University soccer player has been named the American Southwest Conference co-Player of the Week.  This week, women’s soccer player Kia Jelley enjoys the award after men’s soccer player Christian Garcia won it last week.

Jelley played in only one match last week due to the weather but made the most of it netting both goals in a the 2-1 win over Texas Lutheran.  She collected the game winning goal in the 55th minute two minutes after Texas Lutheran tied the match at one.  Her first goal was in the eight minute of the match for the 1-0 lead.  She took five shots in the game with four on goal and two scoring. 

Overall, she now has four goals and two assists for 10 points on the year leading the team.  It is the third time in her career to have two goals in a match and is the second time in a week as she put in two goals in the season opening 6-1 victory over Centenary. 

Tiger Soccer Player Named ASC Player of the Week

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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After just one week of play, the East Texas Baptist University men’s soccer team has picked up an award with an American Southwest Conference player of the week.  Christian Garcia was named co-offensive player of the week for his play in two matches.

“Christian has always been a very good player for our program and last year we told him that he would have to carry a bigger load this year for us,” says head coach Paul Grant.  “For him to score three goals and get us back into the match with Centenary was big.  He is just that kind of player.  If you give him the ball something is going to happen.  It was a well-deserved award for him this past weekend.”

Garica netted all three goals for ETBU in a 5-3 loss to Centenary scoring them all in the second half in a 15 minute period.  Down 3-0, he cut the lead to two with his first goal in the 49th minute.  Just eight minutes later, he took a break away pass and put it into the top right corner of the net.  The tying goal came in the 64th minute when he slipped a shot just past the goalie’s hands in the box.  The hat trick is the second of his career as he collected four goals vs. Ozarks in 2012. 

ETBU is currently 0-1-1 and will host Texas Lutheran and Schreiner this weekend on Friday and Saturday at Cornish Field.

ETBU Ranked As One of the Most Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014


East Texas Baptist University has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.”  The website, Christian Universities Online ( ranked ETBU at 35. 

“ETBU has always worked hard to keep costs affordable for our students,” said ETBU Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Vince Blankenship. “That commitment is reflected in the more than $9 million in ETBU aid that is awarded.” 

The website posted “East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  Students can choose from over 38 undergraduate majors and four graduate majors.   Undergraduate majors cover a very wide range of fields such as criminal justice, kinesiology and elementary education to give only a few of them.  More than 85% of ETBU’s full-time faculty have earned doctorates or terminal degrees and each student has an abundance of opportunity for one-to-one interaction with each of them given the very low student-to-faculty ratio.  Spiritual and professional development is facilitated through a variety of campus programs, chapel services, and community events.”

Christian Universities Online reports that the colleges on the Top 50 list had to be accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools or a member/affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  The website ranked the 50 schools by average net price data put out by the National Center for Education Statistics. Also, in order to ensure the comparisons were as commensurable and practical as possible, the website set a lower limit on the student population at 1,000.

 ETBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Fall 2013 enrollment was 1,247. The average net price to attend ETBU was $18,235. For the upcoming academic year ETBU will award over $9 million in financial aid to students and over 99% will receive financial aid.  

ASC Honors ETBU Sports Information Department

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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Before the start of a new year of classes and athletic contests on the campuses of members of the American Southwest Conference, a meeting is held of all the Sport Information Directors (SID) in the conference. The meeting is a time for the SID’s from their respective universities to visit with ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton and Assistant Commissioner Jimmy Glenn about the upcoming athletic seasons as well as learn of any NCAA Division III rule changes.

SID’s have the responsibility to report and keep official statistics for every game played. SID’s are usually the first to arrive at the stadium, gym, field, or court, and the last to leave. Since 2008, the ASC has given out a Sports Information Department of the Year award.

This year, ETBU’s SID department led by Adam Ledyard is the co-recipient of this year’s award along with the staff at UT-Tyler.

I am very humbled by this award and being honored by my peers,” said Ledyard after receiving the award.  “I had a great staff last year in Erik Holth, Kayla Franklin, Drew Dawson, and T.J. Barnes helping out. They deserve this award just as much as I do. I am grateful to use my gifts every day that God has given me to use and am thankful for those gifts.”

Congratulations to the ETBU SID staff.  Keep up the good work on reporting the great things the #TigerFamily is accomplishing on the field as well as the classroom.

To read more about the ASC Sports Information Department Staff of the Year Award, click here.

ETBU competes in NCAA Division III athletics for a number of sports: football, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, softball, and baseball.

Liles Plays Softball in Europe

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lacy Liles in her Team USA uniform before playing softball in Europe.

Lacy Liles in her Team USA uniform before playing softball in Europe.

East Texas Baptist University All-American softball player Lacy Liles, who graduated this past May, had the opportunity to play a few more softball games even though her time in a Lady Tiger uniform had ended.  

Liles was chosen by the organization American International Sports Teams to play softball overseas. She represented the United States of America during a 10-day trip across Europe.

Upon returning back home to East Texas, Marshall News Messenger sports editor Nathan Hague reported on her international softball playing experience.

To read the story by Hague, click here.

McClain Nominated for Allstate Good Works Team

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has released the list of candidates for the Allstate Good Works team and East Texas Baptist University’s Jake McClain is on the list.  Over 182 nominees from across the country are on the list from NCAA Division I to NAIA and McClain is the only nominee from the American Southwest Conference.

 “Jake is well deserving of this nomination as he gives a lot back to this community, ETBU, and his churches he is a part of,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “He is a hard worker and is what ETBU football is all about.”

 McClain will be a junior at ETBU and played in three games last year as the quarterback.  The Teague, Texas, native has volunteered at numerous church events and been a leader in small groups.  At ETBU he is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader, a Journey parent for Baptist Student Ministry, and helps with the Tupas Discipleship program.  He has taken two mission trips in the last year to Honduras and Mexico and been a camp counselor at “Nextreme.”  He volunteers at Mission Marshall and the ETBU Sports Camps last spring along with leading a weekly Bible study.  He has also preached at First Baptist Church in Redwater. 

To read the complete release from ETBU Sports Information click here.

The Marshall News Messenger also reported on McClain’s nomination, read the story by clicking here.

Three Tiger Football Players Named to Pre-Season All-American Team

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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There are still over 40 days until the East Texas Baptist University football team starts the season but they have earned three pre-season awards from the USA Football Network. Toi Glover, Tyler Bates, and Michael Garcia have been named All-Americans heading into the 2014 season.

“These awards show how hard our program is working and represents us all at the national level,” says head football coach Joshua Eargle.

Earning USA Football Network Pre-Season All-American third-team status is running back Toi Glover. The senior returns after his first 1,000 yard rushing season and nine touchdown effort. In five games he rushed for over 100 yards and had 187 yards vs. Willamette and 182 yards against Sul Ross State. He also rushed for two touchdowns in a game three different times.

Tyler Bates and Michael Garcia were both named to the USA Football Network Pre-Season All-American honorable mention team. Bates had a standout season in 2013 breaking the ETBU record for receptions in a season (73) and touchdowns caught (10) while being named All-ASC second team as a wide receiver and return specialist.

Garcia started on the offensive line for the third straight year and was named to the All-ASC honorable mention team. He helped ETBU’s offense break several team and single game records last year.

ETBU starts their season under second year head coach Eargle on Thursday, September 4, in Commerce, Texas, against NCAA Division II Texas A&M-Commerce at 7:00 p.m. ETBU has the very first game among all the other NCAA Division III football teams.


Click here to view 2104 Tiger Football Schedule so you can plans to attend a Tiger game. The Tigers have six home games this year at Ornelas Stadium and make plans to visit Tiger Alley before all home games. 

ETBU Professor Nominated to Serve With BWA

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, "Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience." Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, “Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience.” Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a fellowship of 228 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 42 million members in 177,000 churches.  Last week, during its annual meeting held in Izmir, Turkey, a faculty member of the East Texas Baptist University School of Christian Studies was elected to serve on the BWA  Nominations Committee for the term of 2014-2019.

Dr. Elijah Brown, ETBU’s Director of the Freedom Center and Associate Professor of Missions, was nominated by the North American Baptist Fellowship to serve on this vital committee.

“With 26 member bodies, the North American Baptist Fellowship promotes fellowship and collaboration among Baptists across both Canada and the United States.  It is an honor to be selected as one of their representatives to the nominating committee of the Baptist World Alliance,” said Dr. Brown from Izmir.  “I am grateful for the support offered by East Texas Baptist University and for the willingness of both the NABF and the BWA to intentionally include young leaders in their decision making processes.” 

Dr. Brown  also tweeted from the meeting, “Thank you @NABF for recommendation with @samchaise_cbm to help with nominating committee @TheBWA for 2014-2019. Honored by the opportunity.”  Sam Chaise, the other NABF nominee, serves with Canadian Baptist Ministries.

Another attendee at the Annual Gathering, George Bullard, president of Columbia Partnership, based in Columbia, South Carolina, posted to his blog (, “It is important that this group have God’s wisdom in choosing a diversity of qualified people to serve BWA in the years to come so it’s a true worldwide organization.” Bullard also serves as the general secretary of the NABF.

While in Turkey, Dr. Brown took the opportunity to visit several early New Testament sites like Ephesus and the Church of Saint John, which is the traditional burial site where John the Apostle is said to have been laid to rest.  

To read more, click here.

To discover more about the ETBU School of Christian Studies,click here.