Petrana Petkova enters her first year as an assistant coach at Union College. This will be her first overseeing the men's and women's cross country/track and field programs.
Petrana graduate from Goshen College in 2007 with bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Sports management. Petkova also worked at Lafayette Sports Centre in Lafayette, Indiana as a Sports Performance Trainer. During that year Petkova was working individual with high profile athletes in different sports conducting their weightlifting programs.
During her running career at Goshen College, Petkova earned two individual NAIA national titles and 14 NAIA All-American honors, the most in school history. She won back-to-back titles in the indoor 5000 and outdoor 10000 meters in 2007. In cross country, Petkova was a four year All-American at the NAIA national meet.
Petkova sits atop the Goshen College cross country chart with the fastest 5K time in school history. She also holds records in the 1500, the mile, 3000 and 5000 indoors, as well as the 3000, 5000 and 10000 outdoors.
A native of Razlog, Bulgaria, Petkova represented her country in the Balkan Games, European Cup and Mountain run European Cup. From 1995-2003 Petkova was the member of Bulgarian Cross Country National Team. She twice won the National Cross-Country title and was a three-time runner-up. Petkova is national 5000m indoor record holder. She also won two National triathlon championships and represented the country in the European triathlon cup in 1997.
Petkova and her daughter Kristina live in Bourbonville, Ky. Petrana's husband works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Premier Soccer league in Russia. In her free time, Petkova enjoys running, reading and spending time with her daughter.