Merv Emms was more than an outstanding basketball coach. He was also a great contributor to basketball’s progress, helping to develop stadiums, competitions, associations and administration throughout NSW and Oceania.
His beginnings in the sport were in Lithgow where he was the Association Secretary and then Country Secretary (1952-62). Under his guidance, Country grew from seven associations to seventy.
Merv was a credentialed coach. His Lithgow teams won Country Championships while as coach of the NSW Under 18 men’s team, he won Australian titles in 1954, 1955 and 1957. Concurrently, Merv’s NSW State Under 16 teams were National Champions in 1955 and 1956. He also coached in Newcastle and Coffs Harbour. By 1962 Merv had coached at 11 National Championships.
During his career, Merv was both a NSW and a National selector. As an authority on the game, he wrote many coaching articles for Hoop High magazine. He is well known for his vast contribution to Oceania basketball where he gave countless coaching clinics to island nations such as New Guinea, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Guam, Kiribati, Fiji. His mentorship, passion, skills and love for the game had a profound effect on basketball in the Oceania Region. He is a Life member of BNSW and a member of the BA Hall of Fame.