The Village will be directed by five-time national cross country “Coach of the Year” Doug Watts. In his 44 years of coaching the Boro prior to retiring in 2013, Watts brought national recognition to his men and women distance runners. Six national cross country team champion-ships are matched by six runner up trophies as well as 34 top ten finishes. Individually, Edinboro runners won four XC national titles, and have produced over 100 All-American under Watts’ lead. Sixteen former Edinboro runners have qualified for the Olympic trials. Five have gone on to represent the United States in international competition.
After completing his 1st season as head coach, Rick Hammer joins our camp staff. In his first year the Edin-boro men and women finished 9th and 13th. The women won the NCAA II Atlantic Regional. Prior to coming to Edinboro Hammer coached at Lewis University and Manchester College.
Also joining our staff is Edinboro alum, former DIS-TANCE VILLAGE camper, and veteran counselor, Jake Krolick. Training under the Edinboro system, Krolick has run 1:05 for the half marathon while assisting Edinboro’s cross country and track teams in 2013-14. He also has a year of experience with the ultra successful Adams State University distance program.
Counselors include former national champions, colle-giate All-Americans and professional resource people. The camper, living closely together with these exceptional leaders, should be directly influenced by the knowledge, example, and especially the SPIRIT offered by such outstanding runners.
Housing will be in the University's modern residence halls - two campers to a room. Women's housing will be in a separate residence hall or hall wing. Meals will be prepared and served in the University's regular dining hall. Camp week is definitely a pre-college educational experience. From past experience we know you will leave camp tired from the miles of training, but injury free, enthusiastic, and wiser from the experience of the Village.