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Jim Emmerich - Inducted 1974

Born March 18, 1911, in New Ulm, Minn. 1929 New Ulm HS and 1940 SDSU grad. Coached track and cross country at SDSU from 1946-60 and was prominent nationally as an athletic trainer. His track teams won 10 North Central Conference titles. He started the cross country program at SDSU in 1947. His 1953 track team won the NAIA national championship, the first national title in any sport for SDSU. His 1959 cross country team won the NCAA college-division title. He was a trainer for the U.S. team at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Was head trainer for US teams at Pan Am Games in Chicago in 1959 as well as for Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 and for the US hockey team. In 1963, he was with US track teams for dual meets in Russia, Poland, West Germany and England. In 1967, was administrative assistant for the Pan Am team in Winnipeg, and in 1968 was appointed an administrative official for the Olympics in Mexico City. Got his start as a track coach at Shattuck Military Academy in St. Paul, Minn., in 1942-44. As an athlete at SDSU, Emmerich was a Little All-American guard in football and helped SDSU to the 1939 NCC title. Emmerich worked at home for seven years before entering college.

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