SFU Director of Athletics Bob Krimmel to retire this summer

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“When I look at my opportunities here,” said Bob Krimmel, SFU’s Director of Athletics, “it’s been surrounded by people that cared about the students and wanted our students to have a good experience.”

Krimmel announced earlier this semester that he will retire from SFU this summer. He has served as athletics director for 11 years, beginning his tenure on Aug. 1, 2005, when he took over for former A.D. Jeff Eisen.

During his time as athletics director, SFU introduced two new intercollegiate sports (women’s bowling and women’s water polo). He also oversaw dramatic improvements to the University’s athletics facilities.

Krimmel will retire on July 29, 2016.

“I’m excited for Saint Francis, because change is good,” said Krimmel. “And a new person will bring new ideas, new vision and new connections.”

The father of three sons, two of who work at SFU – Red Flash men’s basketball coach Rob Krimmel and associate athletics director John Krimmel – Bob Krimmel said plans to spend his time with his four grandchildren and attend SFU sports events without any responsibilities.

The dance team and marching band have also been introduced to the University during Krimmel’s tenure.

Athletics facility improvements include the football, soccer and softball fields, as well as the track surrounding DeGol Field.

Red Flash Futures, a fundraising arm for the athletics department developed by former SFU president the Rev. Gabriel Zeis, and overseen by associate director of athletics Jim Brazill, has brought in significant funds to the department.

Krimmel is excited about the potential of these fundraising efforts.

“I can only imagine what will happen in the next 10 years.”

Frank Montecalvo, SFU’s Vice President for Student Development, oversees athletics at the University.

“To work with a Bob Krimmel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Montelcalvo.

“He transformed our athletic department. And more importantly, he touched the lives of so many people he has encountered.”