Kara  Velez
Kara Velez

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Iowa '07

Career Record:
9-68 (7-23 NEC/MAAC)


2017 Field Hockey Schedule Released

17-Game Schedule Includes Eight Home Games


Eight Join Field Hockey Program

Eight Incoming Freshmen Represent Siena’s Newest Class


Cornine and DeGroot Tabbed October Student Athletes of the Month

Nick Cornine and Danielle DeGroot Take Siena Monthly Award


Field Hockey Looks to Surprise in MAAC

Saints Picked Last in Preseason Poll


Field Hockey Announces Class of 2019

Largest Recruiting Class for Three Year HC Kara Zappone


Field Hockey vs. Miami (OH) (8/27/17)

Field Hockey vs. Miami (OH) (8/27/17)


2017 Siena Field Hockey Photo Day

2017 Siena Field Hockey Photo Day


2016 Siena Field Hockey Picture Day

2016 Siena Field Hockey Picture Day


Siena Field Hockey Senior Day

Siena Field Hockey celebrates their senior day against Sacred Heart


Field Hockey vs. Georgetown (9/26/14)

Field Hockey vs. Georgetown (9/26/14)

Kara Zappone enters her sixth season as the head coach of the Siena Field Hockey program. A local product from nearby Queensbury, N.Y., Zappone has continued to build the program and has led the team to a 9-68 record with seven conference wins after taking over a program that finished 0-18 in 2011.

In 2016, Zappone coached Siena to a 3-11 overall record, going 2-2 in MAAC play, and finishing fifth in the conference standings. The team scored its most goals in a season (25) since 2009. The Saints also had two representatives on All MAAC Second Team in 2016, including sophomore defender Jaycie St. John. Zappone's team also received the NFHCA Academic Team Award for the fifth consecutive year and had eight players named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2016.

Zappone led the Saints to a 4-12 overall and 3-3 conference record during the 2015 season. Zappone's squad tied for the most overall wins since the program won four in 2009 and had the most conference wins since the team won four in 2002. She also guided the Saints to a victory over the first place team in the MAAC on the final weekend of the regular season for the second consecutive year.

A four-year member of the field hockey team at the University of Iowa in the mid-2000's, Zappone arrived at Siena after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Fairfield University. At Fairfield, Zappone helped oversee the daily operations of the team, including but not limited to recruiting, performance review, travel planning, and video exchanges. In her time at Fairfield, the Stags went from a program that went just 3-17 in 2007 to one that won nine games in both 2010 and 2011. The squad's 9-8 record in 2011 gave the program its first winning season since the 2000 campaign.

As a player, Zappone was a former captain at the University of Iowa. Her teams won 46 games in four years and participated in two NCAA Tournaments after winning the Big Ten regular season title in 2004 and the Big Ten Tournament in 2006. Individually, she won the Big Ten's Sportsmanship Award as a senior in 2007, and also was named Iowa's Practice Player of the Year in 2005.

Zappone earned her Bachelor's degree in Health and Sports Studies, with a concentration in Exercise Science, in May of 2007. She completed her Master's in Elementary Education at Fairfield University in 2013.


2012 0-15 .000 0-7 (NEC) .000
2013 1-15 .063 1-5 .167
2014 1-15 .063 1-4 .200
2015 4-12 .250 3-3 .500
2016 3-11 .214 2-4 .333
TOTALS 9-68 .117 7-23 .233