Petia Yanchulova is entering her first season as an assistant coach for head coach Jennifer Petrie and will assist the USD coaching staff with all aspects of the game.
Yanchulova , a 2000 USD graduate, made a huge impact on the Torero volleyball program. The 5-11 outside hitter from Sofia, Bulgaria, was a two-time AVCA first team All-America selection, a two-time District VIII first team pick, a two-time WCC Player of the Year and a two-time WCC first team selection, all for 1998 and 1999 seasons.
During her four years on the USD volleyball team, she guided the Toreros to the WCC Championship twice (1997, 1998) and to the NCAA Tournament each year with the team reaching the second round three times. She was named WCC Defender of the Year in 1999, a WCC second-team member twice, (1996, 1997), and the WCC Freshman of the Year in 1996. A two-time MVP, she also was named second team District VIII All-Academic in 1998, and was a two-time WCC All-Academic selection. She is USD's all time leader in kills (1,892), digs (1,341), and attack attempts (4,295).
Petia continued competing on a professional stage as she took part in the Beach Volleyball World Tour together with sister Lina Yanchulova-Taylor from 1998-2007. The two represented their home country of Bulgaria in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics. Petia later went on to play Indoor volleyball in Europe from 2008-2010.
Atop her tremendous volleyball accolades, in recent years, Petia has served as a coach to the Coast Volleyball Club and various beach volleyball camps and clinics.
Petia Yanchulova was inducted into the USD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.