DTC Coaching & Fitness Team
Rick Crawford has had extensive experience competing as a pro athlete, coaching endurance athletes and managing successful elite/pro level cycling programs in a career now spanning over 40 years. He has been involved with DTC since the very first camp and has returned every year to offer his expertise and to be enriched and inspired by the DTC team and campers. Crawford’s basic tenet is “work hard to understand the athlete, learn what makes them respond, and never stop working towards their ultimate potential."
Crawford has an uncanny intuition to anticipate what his athletes need. He is constantly probing progressive training methodology and is not afraid to innovate to create programs that stimulate growth for his athletes. He realizes that athletes and their lives are dynamic, requiring programming that responds to an ever-changing environment. Crawford’s philosophy is anchored in fundamentals, always building the physiological base so it can support greater loads, employing progression and periodization, with the hub of his method being the ultimate respect for the role of the central nervous system as the governor of success.
Molding coaching programs to athletes’ real lives and their individual stresses create consistency and longevity, essentials to achieving potential. Comprehensive management of the whole athlete addresses all limits. Coach Crawford works with Open Sky Wilderness Therapy near cycling mecca Durango, Colorado, where he lives on a small farm with his wife of over 31 years and their three sons.
Robert Powell, PHD, CDCES, CSCS, ACSM-CEP
Robert Powell joined the DTC team in 2013. He is Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology and Director of the Diabetes Exercise Center at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is also Faculty Coordinator/Coach of the Marshall University Cycling Club to promote both recreational riding and collegiate racing.
Prior to his time at Marshall, Rob worked ten years at the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI) as a manager and researcher for community-based programs involving diabetes, obesity and physical activity. During the latter part of his time there, he worked as a diabetes educator in the primary care setting. Rob received both his Master of Science and PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds the credentials of Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), ACSM-Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) and NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is a licensed USA cycling coach.
Rob’s professional ambition is to enhance the promotion of exercise as a therapeutic modality to the diabetes population and to educate both students and healthcare professionals on the role of exercise in diabetes management. Rob also provides coaching services for health/fitness and sports performance to those with and without diabetes.
Rob has a personal passion for exercise. In the warmer months, you can usually find him road cycling, mountain biking, running (mostly trail) or kayaking. When snow falls, he likes to strap on the skis and snowshoes. However, when he is not working or playing solo, he dedicates his time to his wonderful boys Preston and Evan.
Megan Robinson, MS, RDN, CDCES, CSSD, LDN
Megan Robinson has been a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) since 1994 and currently works at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at the Diabetes Center for Children. She also owns a private sports nutrition and coaching practice at MeganSportsRD, LLC. Megan is a board-certified specialist sports dietitian, certified diabetes care and education specialist and a certified RRCA coach. Megan has been a prolific writer for Philly.com, has published in numerous nutrition journals and has presented at local and national conferences on sports nutrition and diabetes. She received her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in exercise physiology from West Chester University.
Megan has been a competitive track and cross-country runner since high school and has competed in numerous long distance races and multiple marathons including the Boston Marathon. She coaches distance runners of all levels, and her expertise in sports nutrition, diabetes and running makes her an exceptional counselor for both aspiring and accomplished athletes with diabetes.
When Megan is not running, she enjoys balancing her life with yoga, travel and spending time with her family.
Jon has been a triathlete for over ten years, and he lives and breathes the sport. The sport changed his life because he has learned to live as an athlete. “Living as an athlete isn’t simply participating in a sport, training for 30 hours a week or competing at the Ironman World Championship–although I’ve done these things” states Jon, “rather, it’s a life approach. It requires a relentless awareness of the body, mind and environment and a willingness to live and adapt, rest and grow.”
Presently, Jon is racing as a professional triathlete. Jon also enjoys coaching age group triathletes. “There’s nothing quite like seeing the individuals I coach grow as athletes and human beings” says Jon. He is a USAT certified coach and received a Bachelor of Science in health science studies with a focus in exercise physiology and the aging process, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Quinnipiac University and a Master of Arts from Duquesne University. He strongly believes that his education sets him apart from many other coaches: “My foundation allows me to educate my athletes about themselves from an acute, biological point of view, helping to prevent sickness and injury.”
In his down time, Jon enjoys watching series on Netflix such as “Better Call Saul” and “That 70’s Show.” He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife Amber.
Paul was the head men’s and women’s swim coach and Director of Aquatics at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for 26 years. He also served as the Chair of Physical Education. He retired in June of 2020. He joined the Dickinson staff in 1994 following a highly successful career at Mary Washington College in Virginia and a three year stint at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Richards received nine Coach of the Year awards while coaching in the Atlantic States Swim Conference, Capital Athletic
Conference and the Centennial Conference. In every semester since Richards joined the Dickinson College staff, his swim teams have earned prestigious All-Academic awards from the College Swim Coaches Association of America. Paul has coached conference champions, All-Americans and national champions in NCAA Division III. He retired with over 500 career dual-meet coaching wins.
He has certifications from the College Swim Coaches Association of America as a master coach, the American Swim Coaches Association as an instructor and Level 4 coach and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as a master clinician in competitive swimming.
He is a graduate of Bloomsburg State College and earned a Master of Science in sports sciences and aquatics administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Paul resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with his wife Jeanette and chocolate lab Jake.
Mike was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2010 at the age of 43. To say this came as a surprise to him was quite an understatement. However, to finally understand why his body was reacting the way it was, was a relief. Mike has raced bikes, be it road, mountain, cyclocross or triathlon for over 30 seasons. Over that span he has competed in well over 800 events with 85 career age-group, overall or series wins. Since his diagnosis of T1D, Mike has qualified for the Ironman World Championships, raced the Kona IM World Championships and won an Age-Group World title in off-road triathlon.
Professionally, Mike works for Lilly USA in their Diabetes Division supporting their product portfolio in skilled nursing and long term care facilities. When not at work or training, he loves to spend time with his dogs
Gillian Forsyth was diagnosed with diabetes at age 30. The diagnosis was a shock to her as well as her family who had no previous history with the disease. Gillian was born in Glasgow, Scotland, grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now resides in Chicago, Illinois, where she owns and operates BFF BIKES, a small local bike shop in the heart of the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago. In her former life she was a finance executive but much prefers her current role as a shop owner.
Gillian finds great joy in mentoring and training new athletes and is a certified USA Triathlon Level 1 coach. She has competed in and completed races of all lengths and types including over 30 marathons, several ultra-marathons, endurance cycling races including gravel, road and mountain, and 6 Ironman races. Gillian thinks of herself as a completer versus a competitor but has several age group placings under her belt. She is best known for her mental toughness when it comes to finishing long races and training days.
Marcus has been “thriving” with diabetes since 1984. A college letter winner in cross country, he has competed in over 100 races, including ten marathons and seven ultra-marathons. He counts qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon in 2012 as well has finishing his first 100-mile ultra in 2013 as his career highlights. He has had top three performances in distances ranging from 5K to 40 miles.
He competed for Team Type 1’s first amateur running team and was named the Team Type 1 Amateur Athlete of the Year in 2011 after an 86-mile bicycle ride visiting ten legislators in a single day to gather support for the Pennsylvania Safe at Schools Bill. He has also competed on bicycles and in kayaks and considers himself skilled in finding miserably long races that have spawned from otherwise pleasantly recreational hobbies. He tells stories for a living, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer for a venture capital firm.
Laura ran competitive cross country and track at the University of Pittsburgh where she held five track records for over ten years and was ranked in the top 20 in the 5,000 meters in Division 1 competition her junior year. Laura continued to pursue racing competition into her 20s, 30s and now her 40s and has made athletics a daily priority, consisting of running, swimming, cycling and strength training. Laura’s coaching experience started over nine years ago as the distance track coach at Academy of Notre Dame High School in Villanova, Pennsylvania. While there, Laura helped the Academy of Notre Dame break over 25 school track and field records in both indoor and outdoor
track was named 2011 Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association Cross Country Coach of the Year, won four PAISAA State Team Championships titles in track and field and four PAISAA State Team Championships titles in cross country. In 2012 her distance medley relay team broke the Pennsylvania state record and finished second in the country at the New Balance Indoor Track and Field Championships. Several of Laura’s athletes continued their track and field careers at Division 1 and Division 3 programs throughout the country.
Laura is currently working as a track and cross country consultant for collegiate athletes and enjoys coaching her son’s school’s track and field program. Laura really enjoys seeing the athletes she coaches evolve, allowing her to witness the growth and improvement they have achieved together. She has trained many athletes who could barely run 400 meters when the season started to successfully complete 5K races by mid-season.
Denise is a certified personal trainer, RRCA run coach and USAT Level 1 triathlon coach. After 15+ years as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, Denise decided to pursue her passion of training and coaching full time in 2014. Denise coaches athletes of all abilities ranging from the beginner who wants to run their first 5K to athletes looking to PR (personal record) the 140.6-mile Ironman distance. Denise grew up playing organized sports in school but dreaded the mile test in gym class.
Never considering herself a “runner,” it wasn’t until a friend convinced her to run a half-marathon that she discovered her love of long distance running. There was something about adding mileage each week and being amazed at what the body could accomplish that left her wanting more and wanting to go longer.
She quickly transitioned to the marathon distance which, to this day, is her favorite. After spending a few years running road races from 5Ks to a 50-miler, Denise decided to dabble in the sport of triathlon after an injury left her only able to swim for a while. After landing on the podium at her first sprint triathlon, the fire was lit to see what else she could accomplish, and the following year she completed her first Ironman distance. Denise has raced over 15 marathons with multiple Boston qualifying times, is a multiple Age Group Nationals qualifier and finisher and holds several first female overall wins and age group podium finishes. She absolutely loves a challenge and believes training and racing should be fun.
Jeannie is a certified Total Immersion (TI) swim coach and owner of Swim Your Best with Coach Jeannie. After nearly a 20-year career in higher education IT leadership, Jeannie decided it was high time to return to her passion for coaching and teaching swimming in 2008. Jeannie was the assistant coach of the Sunbury branch of the Greater Susquehanna Valley (Pennsylvania) YMCA swim team from 2008 to 2011, coaching her swimmers to state championships and YMCA Nationals. She has varied experience as a competitive swimmer, coach and official.
She is a lifelong fitness swimmer, has competed at the US Master’s National Championships and has a passion for everything swimming. She always considered herself a short-axis swimmer (breaststroke and butterfly) and individual medley (IM), and avoided freestyle like the plague, until finding TI. Now she is proud to say that she prefers swimming freestyle and thoroughly enjoys the continual improvement goals that TI freestyle swimming provides.