Student-athlete excels in classroom, on field with scholarships

Connor Crimmins

Connor Crimmins grew up hearing about Washburn University.

His parents, two grandparents and an uncle all graduated from Washburn, and his father played football as an Ichabod. So naturally, following family tradition played a factor in Crimmins’ college decision, but the scholarships and opportunities at Washburn were what really inspired him to become an Ichabod.

“Washburn had more to offer me, especially in terms of scholarships. That support has allowed me to pursue the major that I wanted,” he said.

Crimmins, a junior marketing major and leadership studies minor, receives academic and athletic scholarships. He is a wide receiver on Washburn’s football team and an outfielder on the Washburn baseball team.

He appreciates that he is able to play both sports at Washburn. “I didn’t want to give one up,” he said. “My coaches have been very understanding.”

As a Topeka native, Crimmins was familiar with campus and had been to a few athletic events, which made for a smooth transition to becoming an Ichabod.

“I’ve always been around Washburn, so I knew what it was like, and because of that, it was easier to decide to come here,” Crimmins said.

Even though he has a busy schedule juggling sports practices and his class load, he has learned how to manage his time while at Washburn.

“Sometimes it’s easier for me to be busy. I have a set schedule, which keeps me organized,” Crimmins said. “I think I would lose focus if I wasn’t doing so much.”

Washburn head baseball coach Steve Anson said that Crimmins does well maintaining a balance.

“Being a two-sport athlete, you don’t really have downtime,” he said. “To balance academic requirements while playing two sports, you must be very disciplined. Connor has become a good time manager.”

Crimmins would like to one day coach at the college level, but he also is interested in working in sports marketing after he receives his degree. Scholarships have inspired him to focus on academics while also pursuing his interest in sports.

“The support I have received makes me respect Washburn and my time here even more,” he said. “It keeps me focused, and I try to do my best to show that I deserve the scholarships that I have received.”