James Emma was hired in the spring of 2018 and is the Linebackers Coach and Recruting Coordinator for the Cal Lutheran football team.
Emma, a defensive lineman at Cal Lutheran from 2009-12, returns to the Kingsmen after spending the past three seasons at Cal Poly. For the mustangs, he was the Linebackers Coach before being named the Defensive Line Coach. Emma also served as the team's Director of Football Operations. While at Cal Poly, Emma coached multiple All-Big Sky Linebackers, including Rush linebacker Josh Letuligasenoa, a 2016 Third Team All-Big Sky team member, who signed a free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers following the 2017 NFL Draft.
At CLU, Emma was named All-SCIAC in 2012. During his career, he recorded 42 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss. His favorite memory as a Kingsmen, was intercepting a pass at the goal line against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as a senior. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in accounting and then became an assistant coach for CLU.
Emma is a 2009 graduate of St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, where he earned First Team All-Channel League, All-Ventura County and All-CIF Southern Section honors.