DTC Coaching & Fitness Team

Rick Crawford

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."

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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.

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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.

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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 Fecik

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.”

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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 Richards

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

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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.