Crimmins comes from long line of success

Hank Crimmins has always had an up close and personal relationship with St. Edmond athletics.

His brothers and sisters – Max, Ben, Rose and Liz – were heavily involved in sports, musicals and other academic endeavors throughout their high school careers, so it was just normal for Crimmins to continue doing the same.

“They were all successful student-athletes, and I just hoped I could play like them through the years,” Crimmins said. “I’ve had a lot of support from all of my family in everything I’ve done, especially sports. They’ve been at all my games over the years, which has meant a lot to me.”

Crimmins was a two-way standout for the state runner-up Gael football team this past fall before competing on the wrestling mats for the first time after three years of basketball. Now, as he puts the finishing touches on his career in the green and white on the baseball diamond, Crimmins can look back and reflect on his accomplishments.

“As a class, I felt like we did a good job of leaving a part of us behind at St. Edmond,” Crimmins said. “We succeeded a lot as a class athletically, musically and academically. There will be a lot of spots to fill next year.”

Crimmins, who will attend Iowa Central in the fall and play for Rick Pederson and the Tritons, is currently hitting over .380 with 28 RBI, four doubles, 13 steals and 20 runs scored at the plate.

He’s also been the most used pitcher for the Gaels, racking up 39 innings and sporting a 5-2 mark. Crimmins has 50 strikeouts and just 14 walks, with an earned run average under 3 on the year.

This past fall, Crimmins made 71 tackles, had two interceptions and ran for 200 yards and a pair of scores to help St. Edmond reach the Class 2A state football championship game before falling to Iowa City Regina. He also was 56-for-62 on extra-point attempts and had seven touchbacks.

“Playing for coaches like (Dick) Tighe and (Joe) Shanks, it’s really been a privilege,” said Crimmins, the 2014 Terry Griffey Award winner as the school’s most outstanding senior student-athlete. “By my senior year, I’ve really come to know them not just as coaches, but on a personal level, too.

“And being a first-year wrestler as a senior, coach (Tanner) Utley made it a really good environment to compete in.”

For Crimmins, the end of his high school chapter means leaving “countless memories I’ve made with my teammates and coaches” behind.