Name: Megan Petraska
Current Role(s): Head girls cross country coach, assistant track coach (distance), English teacher at Hudson High school
Years in Current Role(s): 3 as a coach, 4 as a teacher
Additional/Previous Coaching Roles & Experience: Middle school cross country coach at Cleveland Heights for 2 years
Family: Husband, Andy and dog, Perry
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, spending time on Lake Erie on my kayak, our family boat, or one of my many inflatable rafts (I currently have a unicorn, llama, popsicle, pizza slice, and flamingo) crafting, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and running, of course!
Favorite Food: Ice cream (that’s a food, right??)
Favorite Television Show/Movie: Television show: New Girl, Movie: Mean Girls (it actually mirrors Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar!)
Favorite Vacation Location: Prague or Siesta Key
Favorite Music/Genre/Artist/Song: Country
Favorite Sports Team(s): Pittsburgh Penguins (I’m originally from PA), Cleveland Indians
What do you enjoy most about coaching? I enjoy having the opportunity to see athletes grow in their confidence and accomplish things that they never thought they could along with encouraging them to work to become the best version of themselves that they can be. I also really enjoy working with my two assistant coaches, Casey Feitshans and Eric Standley.
What is your best memory/proudest moment as a coach? There are so many! The last two cross country state meets are awesome memories, as are the last two track state meets. In general, though, I would say I am most proud any time any of our girls has a breakthrough race that leads to a PR; it is really incredible to think about helping someone to become the best they have ever been and these are moments that I cherish.
What goals do you have for your program? First and foremost, we want our girls to be great human beings who are kind, passionate, and persevering. We also want every girl on our team to grow as a runner every year and to become a lifelong runner after they graduate. We like to say we strive to grow good runners and great people.
Awards/Honors/Accolades Earned: 2017 Akron Touchdown Club girls cross country coach of the year