Coaches
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Doug Yoder
Head Coach- 11th Season

Doug Yoder begins his tenth season as head cross country coach in 2013, presiding as the Leafs' sixth cross country coach in program history. He is also the head track and field coach and an Assistant Athletic Director at Goshen College.

In his nine seasons, Yoder has mentored 22 all conference honorees, taken 14 student-athletes to NAIA National Championships, and had three NAIA All-Americans.  His teams have also earned recognition as NAIA Scholar-Teams on 13 occasions and he has coached 50 individual NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

"You look at distance running philosophically, and it's something that's hard to do, it's time consuming and most other sports use running as a form of punishment," Yoder said. "But in that framework I try to make it fun. I've learned a lot from my own running, and I think athletes can make a lot of connections from the sport to other areas of their lives, such as study habits and decision making."

Yoder began coaching at the college level after 25 years of work in coaching track and cross country at Goshen High School. Yoder was an assistant boys' track coach from 1979-1990 and was the head girls' track coach for the Redskins from 1991-2003. Yoder added girls' head cross country responsibilities in 1992, a position he kept until the fall of 2004. Yoder also directed the Goshen Relays track meet for six years and assisted in the process for seven years, while producing eight straight winning seasons in girls' cross country and qualifying his team for regional and semi-state competition for the last six years. He has had at least one all-state academic performer on his team for the last eight years, and said he hopes to continue the balance of strong running and performance in the classroom at Goshen College.

Yoder runs daily, and has participated in 40 marathons in the last 10 years. He has qualified and ran in the Boston Marathon three times, and said he enjoys running with his athletes during practices. Yoder also took the role of head track and field coach at Goshen College beginning late in the summer of 2010.

Yoder graduated from Goshen College in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in art. He completed his master's degree in art from Ball State University in 1984. He also performed graduate studies at the University of St. Francis and Indiana University.  Along with wife Vicki, the couple has three adult children, Kyle, Adam, and Alyssa.

 
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Mark Furkis
Assistant Coach- 8th Season

Mark Furkis begins his seventh season as an assistant coach at Goshen College and 21st season overall. Furkis spent four years as the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Fairfield High School. In 1999, he was an assistant for NCAA DI Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

He has also held coaching positions at West Noble High School and West Noble Middle School.

As a runner, Furkis still holds the 3200 meter record (9:24) at West Noble High School, which he set in 1975. He has qualified for the National Senior Games on multiple occasions, including wins in the 5000 meters in 2007 and this summer's event in Cleveland.  He won the 5km in this year with a time of 18:11, while also taking the title in the 1500 (4:53), 10k and was runner up in the 800 meters.

Mark has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 35 years an they have two grown children, James and Jenny.

 
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Petrana Petkova
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

One of the most decorated athletes in Goshen College history, Petrana Petkova, returns to the Maple Leafs for her second season on the coaching staff in 2013.

In cross country, Petkova was a three-time All Mid-Central College Conference performer, three-time All NAIA District 21 and three-time NAIA All American.  She holds eight of the 10 fastest 5k times in program history, including the all-time best mark of 18:06.

In track, Petkova earned eight NAIA All American honors, while winning the 2007 Indoor 5K and 2007 Outdoor 10K National Championships.  She holds Goshen College program records in the 3k, 5k, and 10k outdoors and 1,500, Mile, 3,000, and 5,000 meters indoors.

 
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Rustin Nyce
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
 
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Erin Smeltzer
Assistant Coach- 1st Season