Steve Karbowski '93 enters his 15th season as head women's soccer coach at Siena College. The winningest coach in program history, Karbowski led the Saints to the program's first-ever MAAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Women's College Cup Appearance in 2010.
A 1993 graduate of Siena, Karbowski has posted a 123-110-21 (.526) overall record as the head coach of his alma mater including a 66-47-13 (.575) mark in the MAAC. A two-time MAAC Coach of the Year (2001, '02), Karbowski picked up his milestone 100th career coaching win with a 2-1 victory at Holy Cross on Sept. 24, 2010.
In his first 14 years at the helm, Karbowski has guided the Saints to eight MAAC Tournament Appearances, six seasons of 10 or more wins and .500 or better records in eight of the past 10 years. Additionally, he led the Saints to 15 straight home wins from 2009-11 and 20 consecutive non-conference home wins from 2007-12.
The program has reached new heights recently as the Saints posted the three winningest seasons in program history between 2008-10 en route to an impressive 42-11-4 (.772) record culminating in the program's first MAAC Championship and NCAA Appearance in 2010.
The 2010 season was an historic year for Karbowski and the program as the Saints' set a program single-season record for wins and finished one victory shy of the MAAC record with an impressive 17-4-0 mark including a 6-3-0 record in the MAAC.
Additionally, the Saints were the last remaining undefeated, untied team left in all of Division I Women's Soccer as they began the season a perfect 12-0-0 which included signature wins over Big East powers UCONN and Providence. As a result, Siena was ranked No. 25 nationally for consecutive weeks (Oct. 4, 11) in the Soccer America Poll for the first time in program history. Siena received votes for eight straight weeks (Aug. 23 - Oct. 12) in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Top-25 Poll, culminating with a program-record 25 votes - the 28th highest total in the nation - in the Oct. 12 NSCAA Poll.
Siena captured the 2010 MAAC Championship as the No. 3 seed, defeating No. 1 seed Canisius 1-0 in overtime on a golden goal from MAAC Tournament MVP Tabitha Tice. Under Karbowski's tutelage, Tice became the first player in program history to be named to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-Northeast Region First Team and was also just one of two MAAC players named to the 2010 NSCAA Scholar All-East Region First Team.
In 2009, Karbowski led the Saints to 12 wins and the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Tournament following a 6-2-1 conference slate. The previous season in 2008, the Saints posted a then program record 13 wins and were named the nation's 10th Most Improved Team.
In 2006, he guided the Saints to the MAAC Championship game for just the second time in program history. The team posted a 9-8-2 overall record marking its fourth consecutive winning season. In addition, Karbowski mentored the 2006 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and NSCAA All-Northeast Region Third Team honoree, Kristen Turner.
Karbowski paced the Saints to back-to-back 10 wins seasons in 2004 and '05, including a program-best 7-1-1 MAAC record in '04.
In 2002, Karbowski led the Saints to their second-straight MAAC Tournament appearance with a 5-3-1 conference record. For his efforts, he was named MAAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. In 2001, Karbowski guided the Saints to a 10-8 record which ranked Siena as the eighth most improved program in the nation (2000: 4-12-2; 2001: 10-8-0).
Karbowski, who earned his United States Soccer Federation National `C' License in 2007, served as an assistant coach under Charlie Curto for the men's soccer team from 1993-1998 before being named the fifth head coach of the women's program 1999. In 1998, Karbowski was a key part in the success that the men's team enjoyed, when the Saints went 11-6-1 and placed fifth in the MAAC with a 5-4 record.
Karbowski was a First Team All-MAAC performer at midfield for the Saints in 1992. Unfortunately for Curto and the Saints, that was the only year he played for the Green and Gold. His first three years were spent at the University at Buffalo before he transferred to Siena for his fourth and final season.
Following graduation, Karbowski played four seasons with the Capital District Alleycats of the United States Inter-Regional Soccer League. He is also a two-time Empire State Games gold medalist as a member of the Adirondack Region Open team, and was an assistant coach for the team in 1997.
Karbowski has also coached in the Clifton Park premier program for the past 20 years.
A local product from Clifton Park, Karbowski played two years of varsity soccer at Shenendehowa High School and was a starter on the team that finished the 1988 season ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today.
Year-by-Year With Coach Karbowski
MAAC Coach of the Year; 8th Most Improved Team in the nation
MAAC Coach of the Year
Program-best MAAC record
Advanced to MAAC Championship Game
10th Most Improved Team in the nation
First-ever MAAC Championship and NCAA Women's College Cup Appearance; Program record for wins; Won first 12 games; Ranked No. 25 for consecutive weeks in the Soccer America Top-25 Poll