Emory Head Coach
Woodruff P.E. Center
26 Eagle Row
Atlanta, GA 30322
Coach Zimmerman is an experienced and respected coach, camp director, teacher and lecturer. He doesn't just sit on the sidelines and watch -- he gets into the action and teaches young people the fundamentals of the game. His passion and energy are contagious, as he makes learning the game fun.
Jason Zimmerman was named the fourth head coach in the history of Emory men's basketball in April of 2007. In his six years of calling the shots for the Eagles, Zimmerman has compiled won-lost ledger of 91-61.
Zimmerman directed the Eagles to heights they had not seen in over 20 years during the 2012-13 campaign, with the squad capturing the program's second-ever and first NCAA Tournament berth since 1990. Emory hosted a came away with a first-round victory in the national tourney, bettering Randolph College by a 77-56 margin. Emory closed out the year with an overall record of 20-7, the third time in school annals and second in the past three seasons that an Eagle squad has reached the 20-win plateau. Included in the team's win total was a 10-4 effort in the University Athletic Association, good for a first-place tie with the University of Rochester and Washington University. The club's effort in conference play represented the program's first UAA title since 1990. For his efforts, Zimmerman, along with assistants Chris Muprhy and Pete Zaharis. were tabbed as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. The Eagles’ final ledger marked the fourth consecutive campaign that they had compiled a record of .500 or better, a first in school history. Over the past four seasons Emory has fashioned an overall ledger of 74-28 with the victory total representing the highest win total over a four-year stretch for the program, surpassing the 66 triumphs that the Eagles turned in from 1987-88 through 1990-91. In UAA contests, the Eagles have churned out a 36-20 record over the past four years, tying them for the second-highest win total among league squads in that stretch. Under Zimmerman's guidance, the 2012-13 unit led the UAA and ranked 16th nationally among D-III programs in scoring offense with an 81.4 points per-game average. In addition, Emory topped the conference and stood sixth nationally in scoring margin (+14.0). The relentless Emory offense knocked down a total of 211 three-point field goals, the third-highest showing in school history, while its 7.8 triples per game was 49th nationally. Zimmerman was chosen as the South District Division III Coach of the Year by the NABC, and was the recipient of the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Whack Hyder Coach of the Year Award.
Under Zimmerman's guidance, Emory players earned their fair share of accolades in 2012-13, headlined by Jake Davis capturing his second berth on the All-UAA First Team, while senior Alex Greven also nabbed a first-team spot. Senior Michael Friedberg landed second-team recognition while sophomore Michael Florin and junior McPherson Moore were honorable mention picks. Jake Davis was a NABC Second Team All-South Region selection.
Zimmerman spent seven seasons on the Davidson staff, where he worked for Bob McKillop, from 1996-97 through 2002-03. During his tenure, the Wildcats compiled an impressive 122-81 record and competed in the 1998 and 2002 NCAA Tournaments. Davidson won North Division championships in the Southern Conference in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003, and won the Southern Conference Tournament in 1998 and 2002.
"Jason Zimmerman is the type of person that you want your son to play for," said McKillop, the 2007-08 NABC National Coach of the Year. "He is a superb coach and caring individual. He will maximize the talents of those who play for him.
"He has the ability to get on the court and show what has to be done and how to do it," McKillop continued. "Jason has the unique capacity to get players to blend and play roles. He is adept at getting players to grasp the team concept nature of the game while highlighting their individual strengths."
Jason and his wife, Traci, have a son, Trevor, and daughter, Taylor.
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Chris McHugh joined the Emory men's basketball program as an assistant coach in September of 2013.
McHugh came to Emory after serving as an assistant coach at Connecticut College College during the 2012-13 season. While with the Camels’ program, he worked with Matt Vadas who ranked as the NESCAC’s leading scorer with a 20.2 points-per-game average.
Prior to his stint at Connecticut College, McHugh spent three seasons (2009-10 through 2011-12) as an assistant coach at Mount Saint Mary College (NY). During his tenure with the Knights, he helped the program to an overall won-lost ledger of 52-31 including a 23-7 effort in 2011-12 which established a school record for most wins in a season. The prior year, the Mount recorded a 19-9 overall mark and finished second in the Skyline Conference with a school record 16-4 record.
“We are excited to welcome Chris to the Emory University family and to the Emory Basketball staff,” Zimmerman said upon McHugh's appointment. “As a student-athlete, he was able to learn from a very good coach in highly competitive atmosphere. He has had the opportunity to work for outstanding coaches in different parts of the country since joining the coaching profession. Everywhere Chris has been, the program has taken steps to improve. His work ethic, passion and personality complement our staff and will help our players and Emory Basketball in our pursuit of excellence.”
McHugh earned his bachelor’s degree in politics from Washington and Lee in 2009. He obtained his master’s degree in sports management from Fairleigh Dickinson in March of 2012.
Tim MacAllister joined the Emory basketball staff as an assistant coach in August of 2013.
MacAllister has served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air National Guard/Security Forces since 2007. While deployed at the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, he was the head coach of the base's first-ever basketball team (2009-10) that played a number of contests against teams throughout that country.
A native of Russellville, Kentucky, he earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish from Murray State in May of 2013.