Mergin Sina has been a mainstay on the Gill basketball courts for the last 18 years. After coaching the girls’ program for five seasons, Mergin has led the boys’ team to unprecedented success over the last 13 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 past four Somerset County championships and six of the last eight. They have also won the past eight Skyland Conference titles and a remarkable ten overall. Additionally, the program won the Non-Public B Sectional title during the 2011-2012 season.
Last season, the Knights went 24-5, extended their county win streak to 55 games and finished the year ranked fifth in the state. At the season’s end, Sina was named Coach of the Year by The Courier News.
"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.