As a freshman at Bishop Connolly High School in nearby Fall River, Mass., Scott Barboza ran two weeks’ worth of sprints during the preseason for the school’s freshman basketball team and promptly decided his career in sports was not going to be as a player.
Kelsey Johnson showed up to Emerson’s accepted students day in the spring of 2012, she was as much of an unknown as the rest of the incoming freshmen he hadn’t recruited.
Emerson’s men’s basketball team (13-12, 6-8) made an unexpected run to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference playoffs this season, bolstered by strong offensive plays from forward Jon Goldberg and guard Michael Thorpe.
One of the most noteworthy seasons in Emerson College athletic history came to a close Wednesday night in Cambridge as coach Jim O’Brien’s blue collar men’s basketball fell in a competitive game against Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 64-56.
Most of the 250,000 college students in the Boston area saw the Red Sox’ improbable run to the World series on a television screen, enduring every rant Fox commentator Tim McCarver could rattle off as the team redefined clutch hitting seemingly every game.
The long process to hire a permanent athletic director at Emerson College has finally entered its final stages. On Feb. 14, an email from Dean of Students Ronald Ludman to athletic staff and team captains announced the four finalists picked by the 12-person Athletic Search Committee, which Ludman chaired.
If the state of Texas is known as the mecca of high school football, then the same can be said about California and its intensive volleyball scene. No state produces more players than the Golden State.
For the past two weeks, a mysterious, masked man has been spotted practicing and playing with the playoff-bound Emerson men’s basketball team.
John Karalis, 40, was the first in a string notable men’s basketball players to graduate from Emerson College during the tenure of longtime coach Hank Smith, who led the team from 1994-2011. Karalis was a four-year starter and a two-year captain, finishing his college career with over 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. He became the first Emerson athlete to play professionally, briefly continuing his basketball career overseas in Greece.
Emerson’s transition into the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference brought with it fresh challenges that were too much to overcome for the other five team sports that have already made the transition. But a scrappy men’s basketball team led by coach Jim O’Brien has overcome the odds this winter, following a December upset of then-No. 1 Amherst College with another monumental week to begin February.
When the Emerson men’s volleyball team played nationally ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier in the year, sophomore libero Jared Gross had one of the best sequences of his career, according to head coach Ben Read.
A roundup of Emerson's athletic teams from the past week.
The Emerson men’s basketball team is now fully immersed as a member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, which is widely regarded as one of the toughest in all of Division 3. WPI is currently the third-ranked team in the country, as rated by D3hoops.com, and in 2012, MIT made it to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
A veteran of women's basketball programs like Boston College, Stonehill and Bentley, post specialist Bill Gould has brought an expert eye as Emerson's longtime women's basketball coach.
When a sports fan hears the name “Jim O’Brien, Boston basketball coach,” it conjures memories of the former Rick Pitino assistant who went on to coach the Boston Celtics squads on surprising playoff runs in the early 2000s. But Boston’s real Jim O’Brien is the one who sits in a subterranean office two floors below the Piano Row entrance, contemplating the rest of his third season as Emerson men’s basketball coach