Emmrich starts his 15th season at Saint Xavier and 39th overall. He has served as defensive coordinator for SXU since his arrival back in 2000. The 2012 season was a big year for the Cougar defense with the team ranked No. 8 in the nation in scoring defense (16.5) and No. 6 in total sacks (36). SXU also posted its first shutout since the 2008 campaign in a 31-0 win over No. 13 ranked William Penn University (Iowa) in the first round of the 2012 NAIA Football Championship Series.
In 2011, the Cougars had the NAIA’s seventh best sack-producing defense (34 total) and ninth ranked total defense (269.2 ypg) nationally. The Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) honored Emmrich by naming him the Mideast League’s Assistant Coach of the Year after the 2007 season.
Prior to SXU, Emmrich was the head coach at Marist High School in Chicago from 1995-99, where he compiled a 29-23 overall record and made two appearances in the ISHA state playoffs.
Emmrich was defensive coordinator at Marist High School from 1984-91 and at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle from 1992-93.
He has held coaching stints at the University of St. Francis (Ill.), Columbus Wehrle Catholic (Ohio) and Logan (Ohio) High Schools. Emmrich also was a student coach at his alma mater Muskingum College (Ohio).
Emmrich has been teaching at Marist since 1982 and resides in Plainfield with his wife, Ann, and children, Clay and Savannah.