Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
Ashland County Sports
Hall of Fame

Class of 2018

'Becky Joyce
Greg Emmons
'Paul “Spitz” Ganyard *
'Jason Hess
'Mark Hess
'Matthew Hess
'Mark Humrichouser
'Sue Ramsey
'Taylor Rogers
'Robin Ann Stull


'Warren Jonee Jr.

Great Teams:
'2000-2001 Hillsdale Boys
'Basketball Team

Selection Committee
'Randy Emmons: Chairman
'Paul Dienstberger
'Dave Gray
'Tom Herron
'Gaylord Meininger
'Jack Purtell
'Ron Whitehill




Greg EmmonsGreg Emmons

Many Hall of Fame athletes have a lot in common—the success, the drive, they can’t stand losing—but few are constantly laughing and smiling while they are competing. Greg Emmons is the epitome of the joyful athlete, who lifts his teammates through laughter and sportsmanship.

Truly a son of Ashland, Greg Emmons was born on November 19, 1984, and raised here by a family that understood how valuable a sense of community was to a small town. And the Emmons pack had basketball in their blood. Emmons’ father, Randy, played ball at Ashland University (AU) and his two older brothers, Ryan and Chad, both earned varsity letters at Ashland High School (AHS). The family was all brought together and kept in line by mom Susie.

With his height and pedigree, there was a lot of hype and hope for Emmons as he entered high school. The challenge was accepted, as he helped guide the Arrows to one of their best seasons in program history his senior year.

The 2002-2003 AHS boys basketball team went 19-6 and won the Ohio Heartland Conference. They even beat local rival and perennial basketball powerhouse Mansfield Senior, not once, but three times that year. The squad’s deep tournament run went all the way to the Elite 8, where they lost Toledo St. John’s.

Emmons was named 1st team all-conference, where he averaged 17 points and seven boards a game. At the end of his high school career, Emmons was 18th on the all-time scoring list, with 808 points.

Although many colleges recruited Emmons to play at the next level, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, who graduated in ’76, and play ball at AU.
It didn’t take long at AU before a fitting nickname was given to Emmons: “Mr. Consistent.” Every season, Emmons averaged over 10 points a game.

All four years, Emmons played for coach Roger Lyons and during his junior year (2005-2006), the men’s team went 19-10 and came up just short of qualifying for the NCAA tournament. For his senior year, Emmons averaged 18.4 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. Those stats and his overall gameplay saw him receive 1st team Great Lakes Athletic Conference honors along with 1st team all-region.

At the end of his college career, Emmons was 11th all-time in scoring with 1,438 points and 5th all-time in rebounds with 2,007.

Like many people from around this area, no matter where we end up, we always find a way back home. After being away for 10 years, Emmons moved back to Ashland in 2017 with his family. Emmons is married to his wife Missy and has four-year-old daughter named Georgia and a two-year-old son, Graham. He works at Lighthouse Wealth Management in Ashland as an investment advisor and recently obtained the CFP® designation.

Basketball has always been a huge part of Emmons’ life, and you can still find him on Wednesdays at noon playing pick up games at AU. He’s kept his love of the game because he was never pushed too hard growing up. When you are truly passionate about a sport, the hard work and discipline come naturally, and in the case of Emmons, so does the enjoyment.

Nominated by Jim Cutright

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