Following a national search, York College has announced the hiring of Clarence Emengo as the head coach of the men’s basketball program. Since 2013, Emengo has served as the head coach at Queensborough Community College, most recently helping the program to its first CUNYAC title since 2003.
“I am super excited to start my tenure as York men’s basketball head coach. My 10 years at Queensborough have led me here. I am forever indebted to that institution, but I am ready for the next challenge. I am ready to shake up the CUNYAC. Nothing but hard work and persistence is what I am bringing to York and the community.”-expressed Emengo
No stranger to the City University of New York, Emengo graduated from Baruch College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Communication, specializing in Corporate Communication. A two-year captain while playing for the Bearcats, the guard claimed an All-Star nod and a third-team All-Metropolitan Region selection in 2007. Before Baruch, he also played two seasons at Queensborough, helping the Tigers to the 2003 CUNYAC title and landing on the CUNYAC All-Star First Team in 2004.
During his nine seasons at Queensborough, Emengo posted 88 wins, including two straight trips to the CUNYAC Championship game. Emengo guided the Tigers to six NJCAA Region XV Championship Tournament appearances. Developing his student-athletes to the tune of two All-Americans, two Region XV Division III Player of the Year and two CUNYAC Player of the Year nods, five XV Division III All-Region distinctions, and 11 CUNYAC All-Stars during his tenure at QCC, Emengo was named the 2023 CUNYAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Emengo also coached five CUNYAC Sportsmanship selections (two award winners, three team honorees) and two Region XV Sportsmanship honorees.
Prior to making his mark as head coach, Emengo served as Baruch’s assistant coach from 2007-12 under Ray Rankis. On Baruch’s sidelines, Emengo contributed to the Bearcats’ 2010 ECAC Championship and a trip to the 2009 NCAA Tournament following a title game appearance in the CUNYAC Championship Tournament. Baruch also advanced to the CUNYAC Championship Tournament five times and produced nine All-Stars and one Sportsmanship Award during his tenure.
“We are ecstatic with Carl’s selection as the next head men’s basketball coach of York College. He is a perfect fit for what we need at the moment given his rich background both as a student-athlete and successful head coach in the CUNY system. We were beyond thrilled with the hundred-plus resumes that we received for the position, but in the end, Carl’s know-how, passion, and aspirations for this program were the difference makers. I want to thank our committee for their quick and diligent work, and especially Olawale [Kila] and German [Chavez] as current student-athletes for their participation and support.”-said Interim Athletic Director Zak Ivković
Off the court, Emengo has held multiple jobs working for the city. He was employed by the NYC Department of Probation for five years. Working for the NYC Department of Education since 2016, Emengo spent over five years at Richmond Hill High School as a Drug and Alcohol counselor and has been a guidance counselor at P.S. 184 Newport in Brooklyn since October 2021.
In 2019, Emengo received his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Alfred University.
Hailing from Brooklyn, Emengo attended Canarsie High School before playing two seasons at Queensborough.
Emengo inherits a roster that includes eight returners and a talented class of incoming recruits