Mergin Sina has been a mainstay on the Gill basketball courts for the last 20 years. After coaching the girls’ program for five seasons, Mergin has led the boys’ team to unprecedented success over the last 18 seasons.
Under his guidance, the boys’ basketball program has emerged as the top team in Somerset County and one of the best squads in New Jersey.
The Knights have won the five of the last six Somerset County championships and seven of the last ten. They have also won the past ten Skyland Conference divisional titles and a remarkable 12 overall. Additionally, the program won the Non-Public B Sectional title during the 2011-2012 season.
Additionally, Sina was named Coach of the Year by The Courier News after the 2017-18 season, and once again by NJ.com after the 2019-2020 season.
"I’m a 24/7 basketball guy," Sina said. "Basketball was my whole life - high school, college, going pro, coaching - I don’t think I could have done anything I would have been happier with. I’ve been coached by top notch college and professional coaches and that background has allowed me to take the best of each coach and mold myself into what they would do. I take a lot of things from them and use it."
Along with coaching at Gill, Sina is the founder and director of Sina’s Hoop Academy and coaches AAU teams in the area.
Prior to coaching, Sina was a standout basketball player. He competed at the Division I level for Seton Hall and the University of Rhode Island. After college, he went on to play professionally in Europe for 12 years and was named league MVP in 1994. He also holds the record for most points scored in a single game in Portugal with 69 points.
The Middle School boys’ basketball program allows interested students to get used to the Gill basketball facilities. This is a competitive team that regularly has a strong winning record each year and helps prepare players for the varsity competition in the Upper School.
The boys’ basketball team has emerged in recent years as one of the best programs in Somerset County and in New Jersey. The Knights have won 12 Skyland Conference titles (2005-2007, 2011-2019), seven Somerset County Championships (2011, 2012, 2015-2019), three Prep B Championships (1967-1969) and one Non-Public B South Sectional Championship in 2012. This past season, the program finished once again as a Top-20 team in the state. The Knights have had 11 players score over 1,000 career points.
Varsity, Junior Varsity, MS 7-8 (A), MS 7-8 (B)
Delaware Division of Skyland Conference and Somerset County Interscholastic Athletic Association
Monday before Thanksgiving
Approximate ending date:
Beginning of March