Emery was hired at Western New England on April 19, 2005, following seven seasons as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. He served as defensive coordinator the last four years with the Blue Jays and as associate head coach in 2004, when he was recognized as the AFCA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year.
Emery took over a Western New England squad that had won just 18 games over the previous six seasons and immediately began to turn the Golden Bears into a contender.
Western New England posted a winning campaign (5-4) in 2006 during Emery’s second season in Springfield before establishing a new program record for victories (6-4) in 2009.
The Golden Bears continued their upward climb the following season with a 9-2 record in 2010 that culminated in a 66-41 victory over Maine Maritime in the ECAC North Central Bowl. The win, which represented Western New England’s first ever postseason triumph, was fueled by Bryce Brown’s 467 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.
Western New England made its first appearance on the national stage in 2011, after the Golden Bears defeated Framingham State 20-13 in overtime in the NEFC Championship game to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Emery gained national recognition for Western New England's success as he was selected as one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year award.
After going a combined 10-10 in 2012 and 2013, Emery had the Golden Bears poised to make another run at the NEFC title in 2014. Western New England won its first six contests before falling to MIT 35-34 in the de facto NEFC championship game on a blocked extra point late in regulation. The following week, Curry edged the Golden Bears 7-0 in overtime. Western New England finished the season 8-2 with its only two losses coming by a combined eight points.
The narrow defeats the previous season fueled the Golden Bears in 2015. That fall, Western New England began a dominant three-year run that included a 29-4 (.878) record, a trio of conference titles, and a multitude of accolades for Emery and his student-athletes.