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Retiring After 40 Years...
What a ride!
R.A Mattrisch - 1/5/15

Tim Nethery and Rodney Mattrisch

Tim Nethery and Rodney Mattrisch

If you're reading this, it means that you're on the Greendale Panther Touchdown Club's website. This website was an inspiration of Tim Nethery who was one of the key figures in starting the Touchdown Club back in 2006. It was he who approached me and asked if I knew anything about websites. At the time, I didn't but that didn't mean that I couldn't learn because after all, we should be able to do anything-right?

After a self-imposed crash course, I soon was able to put something together in time for the 2007 football season. Little did I know at the time that it would end up to be what it is today.

This website served primarily as a social informational/communication link between the Touchdown Club and it's supporters as well as a portal to the Greendale High School football program. The mission was to cover and report everything that had to do with ALL of the football programs in the community of Greendale.

Like the saying goes, "All good things come to an end." I have been involved in one way or another with the Greendale football program for the last 40 years. I played here, coached here, scouted, helped out with fundraisers, videotaped, photographed, and supported Panther football through various means. This website would be one of those means.

It hurts to step away because of the love and passion I have for the sport and for Greendale but on the same token, I realistically couldn't do this forever. Who knows, maybe someone else will step up to the plate and take over. All I know is that I had fun and enjoyed all of my experiences. I have had the pleasure of getting to know lots of people especially the players themselves. I'm 99.9% sure that they moved on knowing and feeling the same thing that I did when it comes to the great experiences from being a part of Greendale Panther football.

Rodney Mattrisch

Former GPTC website administrator and
Panther football supporter Rodney Mattrisch

One last thing... It just so happened that I was able to attend my 40th consecutive (and my last) GHS end of the season football awards banquet. As usual, everything was proceeding along as normal. Then something happened that I never saw coming that would change my life forever. Coach Keith Ringelberg, who I just so happened to have videotaped when he was playing at Greendale back in 1981, stood up and read a declaration that was approved by the school board proclaiming that the press box that looks down on Gavinski Field from high above will be officially named "The Rod Mattrisch Media Center" in my honor. I can't even begin to tell you all what I was feeling inside. In fact, there are no words. All I can say is that I am deeply honored and humbled for I know things like this don't happen too often. What's ironic about this is that it will seem like I will always be right next to the coach I played for and coached with in Steven Gavinski of which the stadium is named after. He without a doubt is one of the main reasons I got involved and stayed involved with the football program. Thanks to everyone that had anything to do with this honor, especially Keith and Tim.

And now for the moment that I dread. As of 1/2/2015 (312,476 hits later), the GPTC website will no longer be updated and/or maintained. It will become an archived site and will remain on the web as a static memento of the past football seasons prior to 2015.

Feel free to browse, watch, and download anything you would like. I truly enjoyed creating this monster and making it what it is today. I would be remise if I didn't mention two special guys that have been with me from day one with this website. Our official GPTC photographer Chuck Cairns who was the guy that took the varsity game pictures, and my field side video guy Chris Ksobiech who gave you the other angle in all of the videos that are uploaded here. These two gentlemen always stood on the sidelines sometimes in the rain and the cold just to add that third dimension. They... like me loved being around the program and did this for nothing of which I can't thank them enough for. There are many others that helped too of which I can't thank them enough for. It was an awesome pleasure to work with these folks.

Finally, there are a bunch of guys out there that I just love to death. That would be all of the coaches. These guys were comfortable enough to allow me to be a part of the group which really helped me when putting things together on the website. There is one coach that I couldn't be prouder of for what he has done and is doing. To think that back in 1991 I was one of the varsity coaches coaching him. Thank you Coach Rob Stoltz for everything. I will never forget you.

That will do it I think. It's time to sign off once and for all. It's been an honor and a privilege to have been a part of such a great program from within a great high school located in a great community.

GO PANTHERS!

Rodney Mattrisch

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