Hometown: Big Flats, NY
College: University of Buffalo SUNY
Specialties: 800m - Mile
Coaching at: Woonsocket Middle School
800m - 1:48.67
1,500m - 3:42.66
Mile - 4:00.68
3,000m - 8:25
8K XC - 24:50
“Running to him was real; the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free.”
~ John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner
Brian Crimmins joined NE Distance as member of the Athlete-in-Residence program in the summer of 2017, just a few months after graduating from the University at Buffalo with his Bachelor’s in Pharmacology and Toxicology. A native of Big Flats, NY, Brian was a standout runner for Horseheads High School; he was twice the runner-up at the highly competitive Indoor and Outdoor Track New York State Championships, and still holds several Section IV records.
Upon arriving on campus at the University at Buffalo, Brian’s successes continued as he quickly became one of the best competitors in the Mid-American Conference. He was a member of two MAC champion relays, was MAC runner-up on three occasions – once to 2016 US Olympian Clayton Murphy – and holds an astounding six school records. Brian also twice qualified for the NCAA East Regional – the first round of the NCAA Championships. He joins NE Distance with a stellar set of PR’s, including a 1:48 800m, a 3:42 1500m, and a 4:02 mile
After steadily progressing throughout his collegiate career – he set PRs in both the 800m and 1500m each of his four years in Buffalo – Brian knew he wanted to continue competing upon graduation. With the help of his college coach, he began surveying the post-college running scene and reaching out to training groups, eventually discovering NE Distance.
Brian was immediately drawn to NE Distance’s unique dual mission. He was excited by the prospect of coaching middle school kids and helping them gain confidence in their abilities. Grateful for all the mentorship he had received from coaches throughout his career, he viewed NE Distance’s program as a great way to give back to a sport that has given him so much. The idea of training alongside NE Distance’s talented group of middle distance runners was also a big driving factor. With his sights set on the 2020 US Olympic Trials and a sub-4:00 clocking in the mile, he felt that the solid community NE Distance has built in Rhode Island would be the perfect environment to live, train, and continue to pursue his goals.