Coaches
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Rustin Nyce
Interim Head Coach- 1st Season

Rustin Nyce begins his first season as interim men’s and women’s cross country coach in 2015. A 2002 graduate of Goshen College and former Maple Leaf track and cross country runner, Nyce returns to his alma mater as head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant cross country and track coach at GC, sandwiched around six seasons (2008-13) as the head boys cross country coach at Fairfield High School.

While at Fairfield, Nyce oversaw two teams that qualified for semistate and three individual regional qualifiers. During the regular season, his teams racked up the most dual-meet wins in Fairfield history. In his concurrent tenure as an assistant track coach specializing in distance, the Falcons broke five of their eight school records in distance events and seven 4x800 relay teams advanced to regionals.

A fourth-grade teacher at Benton Elementary School in the Fairfield system, Nyce is an avid runner himself, participating in races from 5K to 50 kilometers (31.1 miles).

 
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Mark Furkis
Assistant Coach- 9th 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- 4th 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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Erin Smeltzer
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season