Rollins “Dick” and Jim Emmerich, brothers from New Ulm, Minn., who distinguished themselves in athletics at SDSU during the 1930s, were honored in 1972.
Dick Emmerich lettered three years in track and two each in football and basketball at SDSU. He received his degree at SDSU in 1936 and was commissioned into the U.S. Army. Following a stint on the ROTC staff at SDSU, he served in Belgium during World War II, then served in the Korean Conflict before being assigned to the Pentagon staff in 1951.
Jim Emmerich gained his greatest fame as track and cross country coach at SDSU from 1946 to 1960. During those 15 years, Emmerich entered competitors in 13 North Central Conference meets, winning 10 while finishing second the other three years. The 1953 team won the NAIA national championship in track. Then his 1959 cross country team won the NCAA College Division title.
He also received recognition for his work with the U.S. Olympic teams. He was one of eight trainers to travel with the team to Melbourne, Australia, for the 1956 games, and he was head trainer for the U.S. Pan-America team in Chicago in 1959, then was head trainer for the Summer Olympics in Japan in 1964 and for the U.S. hockey team. Jim was co-captain of the SDSU football team which won the NCC title in 1939. He was an all-conference and all-America selection in football and also lettered in track and field. Jim Emmerich died in 1993 at the age of 81.