Team PRG is the highest level of Youth Climbing Instruction that PRG has to offer. Since 1998, we have trained the best climbers in the area to become some of the best climbers in the country. One of the longest standing & largest team programs in the region, our focus is on developing skilled climbers who are safe, passionate and can reach their full potential. Current and prior participants in the program include more than two dozen US Climbing Team members, Nine National Youth Champions and three International Youth Champions. Our teams compete throughout the year in youth events around the area. In addition, Team PRG offers several trips throughout the year to world class climbing areas such as the Shawanagunks, Red River Gorge, New River Gorge and elsewhere. Here, our team members hone their mental and physical skills on some of the best climbing the US has to offer.


Sept – June plus outdoor events over the summer


$1,090 for the season ($109 per month) + gym membership


Members of Team PRG are expected to compete in events throughout the season, as well as attend a minimum of 2 nights of practice a week


Must have approval from a Head Coach of Team PRG

Questions about the program? Email Tom at


  • Dave Rowland - Program Founder and Director

    Dave Rowland climbing a rock faceOur Program Director and the founder of Team PRG, David has more than 30 years experience developing athletes of all levels and all ages, in multiple sports. He began his coaching career as a swim coach, working for high level teams in the Philadelphia and New York area. But when the opportunity arose to start the first climbing team in the region, he leapt at the chance to combine two of his passions—rock climbing and coaching young athletes. Over the past 20 years, David has developed Team PRG into one of the largest and most successful climbing teams in the East, winning multiple Regional and Divisional titles, and placing in the Top 3 at Bouldering Nationals.

    During his career, Dave has personally trained eight Youth National Champions (at least one in every discipline, including several two and three-time champions), three International Champions, a World Champion and silver medalist, two Collegiate National Champions, two Adult National Champions, and more than a dozen US Team Members–not to mention many additional champions of Regional, Divisional and local events across the country. At the same time, he has worked to inspire his climbers toward the same lifelong passion for climbing that has kept him in the sport for over 30 years. To that effect, Dave started one of the first high-level outdoor programs for youth climbers in the East, and for 18 years has brought the Team to areas like the Red River and New River Gorge, Chattanooga, the Adirondacks, the Gunks, the White Mountains, and Bishop, CA where they hone and enhance their skills on some of the best outdoor climbing in the country.

    In 2000, Dave founded the first youth age-group competitive bouldering league—the Junior Indoor Bouldering Series, or JIBS—which quintupled in size over five years before he was invited to join the Board of Directors of USA Climbing to help bring about the first-ever US National Youth Bouldering series, culminating in the first Youth Bouldering National Championships in 2004, held at the original PRG. In his spare time, Dave has served on the Rules Committee for USA Climbing, as a certified route-setter and coach, founder of the Burn Bouldering Series, and is the author of an upcoming book on climbing technique—oh, and he is also the owner and President of the Philadelphia Rock Gyms!

    Dave still finds time to climb, too! A veteran boulderer, sport, and traditional climber, he has spent three decades climbing all over the US and abroad, racking up thousands of sends both indoors and out, from strangely terrifying 5.4 off-widths in Wyoming to monstrously overhanging 5.13 sport routes in the Red River Gorge. As a boulderer Dave spent over a decade developing “local” areas, quietly racking up nearly 400 first ascents—several of which, though he won’t grade them himself, have been called V10 or harder. Though he still loves all aspects of the sport, his current focus is hard traditional climbing, and after years of ticking off 5.12 trad routes, he is currently training for 5.13 gear.

    Dave is also a proud father of one of the next generation of climbers.

  • Tom Meehan - Program Director and Head Coach

    Tom Meehan climbing a rock faceTom Meehan

    How many years climbing?


    How many Coaching?

    10 climbing, 15 other sports

    Other jobs you do or have done involving climbing?

    Coaching, instructing, guiding, route setting

    Favorite outdoor climbing area for ropes and boulders?

    Ropes: New River Gorge, WV
    Boulders: Tough choice between New River Gorge, WV and Governor Dick Park (Mt. Gretna), PA because it is my home crag

    Favorite Route and favorite boulder?

    Routes: Dirty Smelly Hippie 5.13b @ Red River Gorge, WV
    Boulders: Dojo v9 @ Mt Gretna, PA

    How many competitions have you been a part of?

    Nationals: 10
    Divsionals: 12
    Regionals: 18
    Local: around 90

    What you love most about climbing?

    Climbing changed my life. It became my passion. In my opinion, it is one of the most unique activities on the planet, physically and mentally. Whether you are pushing the limit or just getting started everyone has the same goal and learns the same lesson in the process. That lesson is FAILURE. It is perhaps the biggest part of climbing. It is what we learn from that failure that defines us. It is the same thing in life.

  • Chris Palmer - Head Coach – Coatesville

    Chris Palmer

    How many years climbing?

    14 years

    How many Coaching?

    7 years

    Other jobs you do or have done involving climbing?

    Route Setting 5 years, Rock Climbing Merit Badge instructor 10 years.

    Favorite outdoor climbing area for ropes and boulders?

    Ropes: New River Gorge & Summersville Lake, WV
    Boulders: Governor Dick Park at Mount Gretna, PA

    Favorite Route and favorite boulder? 

    Route: Pod 5.13b @ Summersville Lake, WV
    Under the Milky Way 5.11D Summersville Lake, WV
    Boulder: Honeycomb V10 @ Dayton Pocket, TN
    Under My Thumb V6 @ Haycock Mountain, PA

    How many competitions have you been a part of?

    118 Competitions Total
    Nationals: 3
    Divisionals: 10
    Regionals: 15
    Locals: 90

    What you love most about climbing?

    There’s a lot to love about climbing. Getting a First Ascent is by far one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced as a climber, but being out in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Maybe get a little scared on routes or psyched on some boulders and having a good laugh with friends. That’s what’s kept me climbing and will keep me climbing for decades more.

  • Brendan Dugan - Head Coach – East Falls

    Brendan Dugan

    How many years climbing?


    How many Coaching?

    3 for climbing, around 10 for other sports

    Other jobs you do or have done involving climbing?

    Setting, Setting, and more Setting. Also, I dabble in setting. But besides setting I have no problem sitting down for some instruction. Can give beta, training, and encouragement on the wall. Off the wall, I have a background in the weight room, and not just lifting heavy but a solid grasp on injury prevention.

    Favorite outdoor climbing area for ropes and boulders?

    Psh, who uses ropes. (Please be safe and use ropes.) Gretna is my winter Sunday pilgrimage.

    Favorite Route/Boulder?

    Does a high boulder count as a route? Incredarete V1 highball down in Tennessee, don’t climb it in the rain, it’s very scary. Also the classic Body Snap at Gretna.

    How Comps have you been a part of?

    I have been involved in setting for many of the burn series comps. I have done youth sets and set some of the hardest graded climbs at a comp. Seeing people enjoy a climb during and long after a comp is really what I like to see. Especially when a team member goes from projecting a certain grade, to sending that same grade at comps.

    What you love most about climbing?

    I really like the self-challenge of pushing limits of movement and strength. But what I love about climbing, is either going out to the crag or gym with some friends. A climbing community is supportive, and it is part of what I hope I bring to my own coaching in and out of practice.


  • Matt Brooker - Head Coach – Wyncote

    Matt Brooker

    How many years climbing: 11

    How many Coaching: 5

    Other jobs you do or have done involving climbing (instruction, guiding, route setting, etc.): Current – Route Setter, Past – instructor at the desk for PRG, and worked at the climbing wall at Bloomsburg University for 3 years, which is where I started climbing.

    Favorite outdoor climbing area for ropes and boulders:
    Ropes – The New
    Boulders – Coopers Rock

    Favorite Route and favorite boulder. Grade doesn’t matter:
    Route – Narcissus (12A at the New)
    Boulder – Boxcar Arete (V8 at the Gunks)

    How many youth competitions have you been a part of (this includes attended, competed, set, etc.). Split it up between local, championship, and National. Yes the Burn series counts:
    Set 29
    Burn series of all 4 comps – 20
    Rope USAC Local(Rope Burn)-6
    USAC Rope Regional
    USAC Boulder Regional 2017
    USAC Boulder Divisional 2019

    What you love most about climbing:
    Either the fact that there is always something harder to work and always room for improvement and to get better. Or the sense of community where seeing someone send their first V4 after projecting for a while can have the same amount of excitement as someone sending their first V10

  • Alex Raybold - Head Coach - Oaks

    Alex Raybold

    How many years climbing?

    5 Years

    How many Coaching?

    I haven’t formally taught a team, however, I have a good sense of seeing why (or how) someone is having a hard time with a problem or route. Whether it be footwork, strength, body positioning, or focus, I have a way of seeing how others need help.

    Other jobs you do or have done involving climbing?

    I’ve been route setting for just about 2 years by this point. On top of this, I have been sport climbing harder routes for about a year and a half. I had started at PRG as a belayer and eventually made my way to instructor, where I had the opportunity to meet the Team’s Head Coach, Tom. After becoming friends, I was offered to start setting. The rest is history!

    Favorite outdoor climbing area for ropes and boulders?

    In terms of routes, I absolutely love the Nuttal Sandstone that the New River Gorge has to offer. Aside from being great texture, it has amazing rock patterns that have a very distinct movement to them. I often climb the more steep routes near the NRG. Typically the South Side Crags and Summersville Lake. However, the Cirque has a special place in my heart as well.

    For boulders, I have always been a fan of the delicate nature of PA diabase. While I don’t love the cold, the boulders at Mt Gretna have a ton of interesting climbs and movement. Not to mention the friction is awesome when it is less than 30 degrees!

    Favorite Route and favorite boulder?

    “My absolute favorite route” is a hard decision to make. I love Narcissist and Reckless Abandoned at Summersville lake, in WV, but I think the one that takes the cake in terms of sheer fun, is “Solstice” at the South Clear (Obed), in Tennessee.

    How many competitions have you been a part of?

    I have only ever competed once in a (more or less) formal competition at a midnight burn closer to the beginning of my climbing career. I had a ton of fun but I learned that, personally, I didn’t want to compete. Rather, I had more enjoyment out of the fact that I was surrounded by people having fun and sharing a common interest.

    What you love most about climbing?

    The biggest part of climbing for me is not just the fun I get from taking a big ol’ whipper down at the New, or the excitement I get from sending a new high grade for myself. It is the people that climbing can connect you to. It’s the communing with not just those you know, but those who you don’t. All the while, you end up immersing yourself in nature and putting yourself up to a very difficult task. Climbing has taught me many things but a few of the important things are; maturity, patience, dedication, and passion. To me, that is what sets climbing apart from most other hobbies.


  • How do I get approval to be on team?

    Must have approval from a Team Head Coach. It is strongly suggest that anyone looking to be on Team PRG has been through our Youth Program. Contact Tom at

  • What is the age requirement?

    We have kids aging from 9-18 on our Team. It depends more on motivation, maturity, and skill rather than age.

  • How many nights a week are practices?

    We have 3 formal practices a week at each facility. We require kids to attend at least 2. Most kids will climb around 4 nights per week.

  • Can we practice at other PRG facilities?

    Of course! It is encouraged. Team members automatically get upgraded to a Multi Gym Membership with no extra cost!

  • Does your Team compete in USA Climbing events?

    Yes. We do NOT require kids to compete in these events, but we prepare our team for the mental as well as physical aspects of these event including in depth strategy for these events.

  • Is private training an option?

    Yes. We have a number of expert level coaches who can create personalized programs for athletes to follow to reach their peak performance.