ABOUT COACH EMMY
Coach Emmy Unaegbu has been involved in the British Columbia basketball community in some capacity over the past 22 years. As a young, athletic member of several successful teams at Terry Fox Secondary, Coach Emmy found his niche as a menacing defender and committed rebounder.
Along with coach Taylor, he was an integral part of the 1999-2000 Terry Fox Secondary basketball team that won the Fraser Valley Championship and placed second at the BC AAA Provincial Tournament.
In addition to basketball, coach Emmy was also the top wide receiver in the province as a member of the Terry Fox football team. He was named MVP of the Senior Bowl, which is an all star showcase of the top players in BC. Coach Emmy carried his early accomplishment into a dual sport athletic scholarship to Simon Fraser University beginning in September 2000.
After their first season of post secondary studies and athletics, coaches Emmy and Taylor teamed up once again as members of the U-19 BC provincial team that competed at the 2001 Canada Summer Games.
In 2003, his junior year at SFU, Emmy suffered a a broken kneecap during warm up before a game against cross town rivals, UBC. During his rehab process, he realized that it's very difficult to rebound the ball with a broken leg, so he took that time to develop his all around game. No longer able to rely on athleticism alone, in between physiotherapy sessions, he got in the gym and worked on his ball handling, shooting and developed a decently respectable 15 foot jumper towards the end of his career at SFU.
In 2009-2010, coach Emmy was a member of the inaugural BC Titans professional basketball club that competed in the International Basketball League (IBL). During his first season, he was named a league all-star as he enjoyed team and individual success.
Coach Emmy has been given so much from the game of basketball. The game has brought him joy, heartbreak, an insatiable competitive spirit, lifelong friends and memories that only it can bring.
He and coach Taylor owe the game a lot, which is why they've dedicated their efforts into giving back- to the community, to the youth, to the city of Vancouver and Lower Mainland, and most importantly- to the game.