Kevin Emerick Joins Women's Basketball Staff
Sept. 29, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Women's basketball head coach B.J. Smith announced the addition of Kevin Emerick to his coaching staff for the 2004-05 season. Emerick comes to Southeast from Montana State University-Northern, where he served as head women's basketball coach and as an instructor of HPER.
Emerick brings with him over 13 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including five as a head coach. A graduate of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa he got his start in coaching serving as a volunteer coach for the men's basketball team at Blackhawk Junior College where he received his associates degree before moving on to Mount Mercy.
At Mount Mercy he again served as a volunteer coach for the women's basketball program under head coach Dave Slifer. At Mount Mercy he specialized in organizing and conducting individual workouts, player development, scouting opponents, recruiting, assisting and organizing summer camps and clinics. He was part of a Mount Mercy program that won over 20 games ten years in a row, including five NAIA National Tourney Appearances and two "Final Fours". During his two different stints at Mount Mercy (190-92 an 1994-96) the teams he was associated with compiled a record of 178-30.
Emerick then moved on to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to serve as an assistant women's basketball coach. After one season he then took over as interim head coach during the 1997-98 season. While at the Division III school, he led Wisconsin-Platteville to their first back-to-back "double-digit win" seasons in eight years. As head coach he managed the team budget, which included travel plans, equipment costs, player development, scheduling and recruiting. He also started a grass roots fundraising event that helped in the increase flexibility of his budget. He also re-established contact with alumni and boosters. Emerick also served as an instructor and lecturer for the Physical Education Department.
After UWP he took the position of head women's basketball coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He also served as Director of Athletics and NCAA Compliance Officer as well at OPSU.
As a coach Emerick, took over a program that had a losing record six years in a row and led OPSU to their first winning season in seven years, their first regional ranking ever in NCAA Division II, first win ever against a ranked opponent and his team finished in the top-25 in the nation in team G.P.A in 1999 with a team cume of 3.33 (every team he coached from 1998-2000 had a G.P.A of 3.1 or higher). An amazing 96% of his players graduated.
As an athletic director, he managed the department's $650,000 budget, oversaw all hiring, supervised fifteen collegiate coaches and a department staff. He was a major part of OPSU moving from the NAIA ranks to NCAA D-II level in 1999. He established connections with local and regional media that led to increase visibility and coverage of OPSU athletics.
He supervised and helped conduct a landmark case for the NCAA as a NCAA compliance officer for OPSU in 1999.
In 2000 Emerick took the women's head coaching job at Montana State University-Northern, a NAIA D-I school. In his first season as head coach he led MSU-N to a 26-8 record, a top-ten ranking and a "Sweet 16" birth in the NAIA Tourney. In 2002 his team ranked amongst the top 16 teams in the nation.
At Southeast will he will be in charge of scheduling to go along with his on-court coaching.
"We are excited to have someone of Kevin's coaching background on board," said Coach Smith. "He's built winning teams wherever he's coached at and that's what we are doing here at Southeast. He's a perfect fit for our program and he will help us succeed as a program this season and the season's to come."