Inductee Information
Name Jerry Hemmings

Inducted 2007
Induction Category Builder

Role Coach, Administrator
Coaching at Brandon University from 1974 thru 2003, Jerry has led the Bobcats to 4 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships, 13 final-four appearances, and 21 final-eight appearances, of which 16 were consecutive. The Bobcats won 19 conference championships. With 734 career wins, Jerry is the winningest coach in Canadian university basketball. In addition, Jerry was the national team assistant coach in 1989, ’90, and ’94, and the national World Student Games team coach in 1991.

Jerry also spent countless hours volunteering his time to promote and develop basketball in Brandon and beyond. He served as a guest speaker, clinician, camp director, and colour commentator. He was an organizer of the YMCA Mini Basketball League. From 1974 thru 1988, Jerry toured Westman with the Bobcats.

Jerry has also written a number of articles related to basketball, many of them published by basketball organizations in Canada and the U.S.A. Those that have not been published have been shared with a large number of coaches.


In a coaching career at Brandon University that spanned parts of four decades, Jerry Hemmings (MBHOF Class of '07) led the Bobcats men’s basketball program to unprecedented success and created a legacy of excellence.

The native of Mount Airy, North Carolina served nearly three decades at the helm of the Bobcats, winning four national titles to go along with 19 conference championships, while amassing 13 final four appearances. He had 734 career victories, while being named Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Coach of the Year eight times (1980, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, and 2001) and winning the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union's (CIAU) Coach of the Year award in 1980.

Hemmings began coaching the Bobcats in 1974, following a stint as an assistant coach of Lakehead’s men’s basketball squad. Hemmings led the Bobcats to their first national championship appearance in 1979 before elevating BU to the nation’s best, winning three straight national championships from 1987 to 1989. The Bobcats won their fourth CIAU title in 1996.

Internationally, Hemmings coached with the Canadian National Men’s team from 1989 until 1994. He assisted Ken Shields in two world championships, Argentina in 1990 and Toronto in 1994. He also led Canada to a silver medal at the 1991 FISU Games in Sheffield, England.

As a student-athlete, Hemmings played centre at Lakehead University, then came to Brandon, where he was named an honourable mention All-Canadian, WCIAA all-star and Brandon University’s male athlete of the year for the 1971-72 basketball season.

Hemmings has been inducted in the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Brandon University Sports Wall of Fame, as well as the Lakehead Athletics Wall of Fame.

NAME: Jerry Hemmings
SPORT: Men’s Basketball
YEARS ACTIVE: 1974-2003

Four-time CIAU champion (1987, 1988, 1989, 1996)
1980 CIAU Coach of the Year
Coached Canada to silver in men’s basketball at 1991 FISU Games
Eight-time GPAC Coach of the Year


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