Colm C. Cronin
Colm C. Cronin
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Team: Track & Field

Colm C. Cronin '79
Hometown:
New Orleans, LA
Sport:
Track & Field
Year Inducted:
1988

When Colm Cronin arrived at Brown, the Bear track coaches knew he was something special. After all, how many freshmen win Heptagonal Championships? Cronin did when he leapt 49’11” in the triple jump. The success continued throughout his career. As a sophomore, he earned All-Ivy and All-New England recognition. The Cork, Eire, Ireland, native won the New England Outdoor Triple Jump despite competing with a pulled hamstring. His junior year is when his talent came full bloom. Cronin dominated his competition, earning All-America, All-IC4A, All-New England and All-Ivy recognition. In dual meets, indoors and outdoors, he swept every long jump and triple jump, but one. The rest of the country got to see him at the 1977 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, as he hopped, skipped and jumped 53’41/2” to set a Brown standard in the triple jump which still remains today. As a senior he continued his dominance of the event. He won the Heps indoor title (51’61/1”), the Heps Outdoor title (50’6”), a Brown record that still stands, and the New England Outdoor title (50’2”). An All-Ivy and All-New England selection for the third straight season, he again proved himself unbeatable in dual meet competition both indoors and outdoors. Upon graduating, Cronin found himself owner of the Irish National records, the New England Outdoor mark, the Eastern and Ivy Indoor standards, in addition to his Brown records. His career highlights include his All-America honors, his selection to the 1976 Ireland Olympic Team, and winning the European Junior Triple Jump Championship that same year. Now, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ferruzzi USA Inc., Colm lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with his wife Majella and daughter Aisling.