Brian Emerson enters his third season with the Sewanee men's basketball program in 2019-20. On April 30, 2019, after serving two seasons as an assistant, he was named the 24th head coach for the men's basketball team at the University. He was a member of the coaching staff that saw Sewanee win its first conference championship in over 20 years.
Emerson has been a part of two very strong defensive teams nationally with the Tigers. During the 2019 season, the program finished the season ranked fifth in defensive three-point field goal shooting (29.6%) 34th in scoring defense (66.7) and 39th in defensive field goal percentage (40.6%).
In 2018, the Tigers led the conference in defensive field goal shooting percentage (40.5%) and finished 30th out of 416 NCAA Division III teams. However, behind the arc, the Tigers were even better, as they led the nation in defensive three-point field goal shooting percentage (27.5%).
Emerson arrived at Sewanee after serving as an assistant coach at Williams College from 2015-17. While at Williams, the Ephs were 53-29, including a 23-9 mark in 2017. That season, the program earned a Final Four appearance while head coach Kevin App was named the 2017 Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year.
In addition to his time with the varsity student-athletes, he also served as a head coach of the junior varsity program for the Ephs.
Prior to his return to Williams, Emerson served as an assistant coach during the 2013 season at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). That season, the Engineers finished 20-9, won the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) conference tournament and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a student-athlete at Williams, Emerson was part of two Final Four teams and one national finalist. His overall record while at Williams was 93-22. In his senior year, Emerson won the team sportsmanship award and the Mathew Godrick award. Playing under head coach Mike Maker, the four-time letterwinner graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.