DTC Coaching & Fitness Team

Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford

DTC Coaching & Fitness Team, Cycling Coach

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 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 lives near cycling mecca Durango, CO on a small farm with his wife of 27 years and three sons.

Jon Fecik

Jon Fecik

Coaching and Fitness Team, Swim Coach

Jon has been a triathlete for over 10 years and he lives and breathes the sport. The sport changed his life because he’s 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 BS in Heath Science Studies–with a focus in exercise physiology and the aging process– a BA in English from Quinnipiac University, and a MA 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 Richards

Coaching and Fitness Team, Swim Coach

Paul is the Head Men’s and Women’s swim coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA as well as the Chair of Physical Education and Director of Aquatics. He joined the Dickinson staff in 1994 following a highly successful career at Mary Washington College in Virginia. Richards has 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 in 1994, Dickinson’s 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 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 M.S. in sports sciences and aquatics administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Laura Heilman

Laura Heilman

Coaching and Fitness Team, Run/Walk Coach

Laura ran competitive Cross Country & Track at the University of Pittsburgh where she held five track records for over 10 years and was ranked in the top 20 in the 5000 meters in Division 1 competition her junior year. Laura continued to pursue racing competition into her 20’s, 30’s and now her 40’s and has made athletics a daily priority which consist of running, swimming, cycling, and strength training. Laura’s coaching experience started nine years ago as the distance track coach at Academy of Notre Dame High School in Villanova, PA. 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 PA 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 2nd 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 & Cross Country consultant for collegiate athletes and enjoys coaching her son’s school Track & 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.

Robert Powell, PhD, CDE, CEP

Robert Powell, PhD, CDE, CEP

Coaching and Fitness Team, Cycling Coach & Medical/Exercise Physiology

Robert Powell joined the DTC team in 2013. He is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and the Director of the Diabetes Exercise Center at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Recently, he has become the Faculty Coordinator/Coach of the Marshall University Cycling Club to promote both recreational riding and collegiate racing.

Prior to this, Rob worked at the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI) for 9 years as a Manager and Researcher for community based programs involving diabetes, obesity and physical activity. During the latter part of his ]me there, he worked as a diabetes educator in the primary care setting. Throughout his years with UPDI, Rob received both his MS and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Rob also holds the credentials of Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), ACSM, Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and NSCA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Licensed USA Cycling Coach.

Rob’s professional ambition is to enhance the promo]on 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 has a personal passion for exercise. In the warmer months, you can usually find him cycling, running or kayaking. When snow falls, he likes to strap on the skis and snowshoes. However, when he is not working or playing solo, he enjoys spending ]me with his wonderful boys, Preston and Evan.

Marcus Grimm DTC

Marcus Grimm DTC

Coaching & Fitness Team, Run/Walk Coach

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 eighty-six mile bicycle ride visiting ten legislators in a single day to gather support for the PA 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.

Charlie Catalano

Charlie Catalano

DTC Coaching and Fitness Team, Cycling Support

Charlie Catalano was diagnosed with diabetes at age 30. He comes from a long, proud line of Type 1 diabetics that includes his mother and sister.

Born in an ambulance on the Autobahn somewhere near Wurzburg, Germany, Charlie has remained in motion, having completed 8 triathlons, including 2 IRONMAN races; 31 marathons; 2 ultra-marathons; and 2 duathlons. He once ran 3 marathons in 16 days to “leaf peep” across New England. He’s motivated by a quotation from a T1D and ultra-marathoner that appeared on DTC’s Facebook page: “[Charlie] sure as hell [isn’t] going to allow a pesky pancreas to keep [him] from doing epic shit.” This summer, for example, he plans to “Ride across Indiana”: one day, one way, 160 miles.

Charlie uses diabetes to fuel his passions—tackling every day and every goal despite his disease and drawing inspiration from all the wonderful “peeps with beeps” in the close-knit diabetic community. He hopes that he can be as much of an inspiration to those with diabetes as they have been to him.

Charlie lives in Loveland, Ohio, with Chas, his high school sweetheart and wife of 24 years, and their rescue dog, Jasmine.

Mike Hebe

Mike Hebe

Coaching & Fitness, Cycling Coach

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 his body was reacting the way it was, was a relief. Mike has raced bikes, be it road, mountain, cyclocross or triathlon for thirty-one 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 Type 1 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 three dogs.

Gillian Forsyth

Gillian Forsyth

DTC Coaching & Fitness Team, Cycling Coach

Gillian Forsyth was diagnosed with diabetes at age 30. The diagnosis was a shock to her and 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 works as a director in finance, coaches marathon and computrainer groups and in her spare time trains for endurance cycling events and ironman triathlons.

Gillian finds great joy in mentoring and training new athletes and is a certified USA Triathlon Level 1 coach. She has competed and completed in 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 competer but has several age group placing under her belt. She is best known for her mental toughness when it comes to finishing long races and training days.

Jeannie Zappa

Jeannie Zappa

DTC Coaching & Fitness Team, Swim Coach

Jeannie is a certified Total Immersion (TI) Swim Coach and Owner of Swim Your Best with Coach Jeannie. After a nearly 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 (Pa.) YMCA swim team from 2008 to 2011, coaching her swimmers to State championships and YMCA Nationals. She is currently the assistant coach of men’s and women’s swimming at Messiah College, the 2014 Middle Atlantic Conference Women’s champions and a first in program history.

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.

Conor Smith

Conor Smith

DTC Coaching and Fitness Team, Cycling Support

Conor Smith is a devoted husband, father,  executive, endurance athlete and a person with Type 1 Diabetes.  Conor was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 40.  Prior to diagnosis he was active but getting T1D has ignited his fire for endurance sports.  Conor has completed many endurance events and triathlons including several Ironman 70.3 distances and a full Ironman in Madison, WI, one of North America’s most challenging courses.  Conor is passionate about exercise being the most important prescription a person with diabetes can take.  He is active in diabetes awareness and advocacy and blogs at activeoninsulin.com

Conor is president of The BOSS Group, a leading provider of human capital solutions for the interactive, creative and marketing professions.  Smith has won numerous awards including being named a Future 50 Winner, from SmartCEO magazine and to Staffing Industry Analysts North America Staffing 100 list of the most influential people in the industry.

Smith holds a BA degree from King’s College and an MBA from Penn State University.

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