Krimmel moves into second place on Men’s Basketball wins list


With his 86th win as head coach of the Red Flash men’s basketball team on Jan. 19 in a game against Central Connecticut State, Rob Krimmel moved into second place in career wins in program history.

Krimmel’s 86 wins as head men’s basketball coach at Saint Francis trails only Skip Hughes, who retired with 293 wins in 20 and a half seasons (1945-66).

A 2000 graduate of Saint Francis who played for the Red Flash basketball team from 1996-2000, Krimmel passed both of his former head coaches, Tom McConnell and Bobby Jones, on SFU’s all-time wins list.  McConnell and Jones each won 85 games during their years at the University.

“I would not be here without Coach McConnell and Coach Jones,” said Krimmel. “Coach McConnell provided me with the opportunity to be a student-athlete here at Saint Francis and had a huge impact on me as a person, as a player, and now as a coach.”

A native of State College, Pennsylvania, Krimmel is in his seventh season as the SFU men’s basketball coach. His teams have shown improvement from year to year. In 2017-18, the Red Flash won 18 games, the most by an SFU team since 1990-91, and the team made its third postseason appearance in the last four years.

This season, Saint Francis entered its game at Robert Morris on Thursday night with an 8-11 overall record and 4-4 mark in Northeast Conference games.

Saint Francis has led the NEC in scoring during the last two seasons and is currently second in scoring in the league.

Off the court, the men’s basketball program has made an impact on campus and around the community. The team works with organizations such as the Miracle League, Special Olympics and the Stay-in-to-Win Program.

“Our job as coaches is to help each individual reach their potential as player, a student, and most importantly, as a person,” said Krimmel.