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Steve Karbowski '93 enters his 19th season as head women's soccer coach at Siena College. The winningest coach in program history, Karbowski has led the Saints to the program's first two MAAC Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances over the past seven seasons (2010, 2015).
A 1993 graduate of Siena College, Karbowski has amassed a 162-140-34 (.533) overall record as the head coach of his alma mater, including an 87-60-19 (.581) mark in the MAAC. A two-time MAAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2002), Karbowski picked up his milestone 100th career coaching win with a 2-1 victory at Holy Cross on Sept. 24, 2010.
In his first 18 years at the helm, Karbowski has guided the Saints to 12 MAAC Tournament appearances, eight seasons of 10 or more wins, and .500 or better records in 12 of the past 14 years. Additionally, he led the Saints to 15 straight home wins from 2009-11 and 20 consecutive non-conference home victories from 2007-12.
Karbowski's teams have excelled equally in the classroom during his tenure, routinely ranking amongst the highest GPA squads at Siena annually. The Saints have earned 14 consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards for maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher, and in both 2014 and 2017 the program was bestowed with NCAA Public Recognition Awards for achieving Academic Progress Rates in the top-10 percent of all women's soccer programs nationally.
Last fall, Karbowski piloted the Saints to a 9-7-3 overall record. Siena finished second in the conference with a 7-3 league mark to earn the program's fourth consecutive MAAC Tournament appearance. The Saints' second place finish and seven league victories both tied program bests.
The previous season, Karbowski led the Cinderella Saints to the program's second MAAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. He piloted Siena to a seven-match unbeaten streak (6-0-1) down the stretch, which culminated with the Saints becoming the first-ever No. 6 seed in MAAC history to win the Tournament.
Karbowski earned his milestone 150th career head coaching victory at Siena on his birthday in the Saints' crucial 2-0 victory at Quinnipiac in the regular season finale which clinched the squad the final MAAC Tournament berth. He then proceeded to steer Siena to MAAC Tournament victories over each of the conference's top-three seeds - Marist, regular season champion and regional power Monmouth, and second seeded Manhattan 5-2 in the championship match.
Under Karbowski's guidance, Siena's stout defense recorded a program single-season record nine shutouts including a record four consecutive clean sheets and benchmark shutout streak of 504:23.
The program first reached unprecedented heights from 2008-10, posting the three winningest seasons in program history 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 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 2005, 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.
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 for Clifton Park Soccer Club for 24 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
|2001||10-8-0||.556||6-3-0||.667||MAAC Coach of the Year; 8th Most Improved Team in the nation|
|2002||5-10-3||.361||5-3-1||.611||MAAC Coach of the Year|
|2004||10-8-1||.553||7-1-1||.833||Program-best MAAC record|
|2006||9-8-2||.526||5-3-1||.611||Advanced to MAAC Championship Game|
|2008||13-2-4||.737||6-2-1||.722||10th Most Improved Team in the nation|
|2010||17-4-0||.810||6-3-0||.667||Program's first-ever MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament Appearance; Program record for wins; Won first 12 games; Ranked No. 25 for consecutive weeks in the Soccer America Top-25 Poll|
|2013||11-9-1||.548||5-4-1||.550||Won two MAAC Tournament games; Best record since 2010 MAAC Championship team|
|2014||7-7-6||.500||4-2-4||.600||Unbeaten in 12 of final 15 matches (6-3-6)|
|2015||12-7-3||.614||5-4-1||.550||MAAC Tournament Champions and NCAA Tournament appearance; First-ever No. 6 seed to win MAAC Tournament|
|2016||9-7-3||.553||7-3-0||.700||Tied for both the program's best MAAC finish (second) and most conference wins (seven)|