Crystal Bacon enters her fifth year as the Associate Head Coach for the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs at Ursinus College. Bacon brings an impressive resume as both a collegiate and elite runner and coach. She works directly with the women’s distance/mid-distance program while also overseeing a variety of administrative duties.
In 2018, the women’s distance medley and 4x800M both broke school records under Bacon’s guidance. Seven women were named to the All-Centennial Conference Team and both the women’s cross country and track & field program were named to the USTFCCCA All Academic Teams.
Prior to Ursinus, Bacon worked at a Physical Therapy clinic as a Performance Enhancement Specialist, where she created sport-specific conditioning programs for clients to help them achieve their personal goals. She also has experience working at a well-respected running specialty store where she continues to apply her background with running and gait analysis.
The former Crystal Burnick was a standout runner at Division II Slippery Rock University, garnering Academic All-America honors all four years by qualifying for the NCAA championships and earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher. She was a two-time Atlantic All-Region Team nominee.
Bacon has established herself as one of the region’s premier distance runners. In 2015 Bacon was recognized as the Female Long Distance Runner of the Year by the USA Track and Field Mid-Atlantic Association, and has finished in the top 10 at the Broad Street Run five times. In 2016, she was the first female to cross the finish line, completing the 10-mile race in just under 57 minutes. Bacon boasts personal bests of 16:50 in the 5k and 1:16.55 for the half marathon.
A 2011 graduate of Slippery Rock, Bacon holds a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. She holds several certifications including the endurance specialist certification from the USTFCCCA, USATF Level I, Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified coach, and both a performance enhancement specialist (PES) certification and National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).