SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State head field hockey coach Gabby Gomez Sosa has announced the hiring of Erika Dombkowski as assistant field hockey coach. Dombkowski comes to Missouri State after one year as an assistant at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) following her successful playing career at Oneonta (N. Y.) State College.
Dombkowski fills the position Gomez Sosa held before she replaced Dawn Callahan, who resigned in November, as head coach.
"I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to coach at Missouri State University," Dombkowski said. "I'm excited to be working with our student-athletes and to contribute to an already enthusiastic, hard-working team. Gabby and I have a shared vision of where we can take the program and how to achieve success."
Working primarily with the goalkeepers and defenders at Vassar last season, Dombkowski helped lead the Brewers (3-14) to their first Betty Richey Tournament championship in 15 years. On the season, their goalies combined for a solid .704 save percentage while allowing 3.19 goals per game. They also produced one Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week award.
Dombkowski's Brewers had the eighth-highest GPA (3.46) of any Division III field hockey team last season and was honored as a 2010 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA National Academic Team.
"We are very excited to welcome Erika to our field hockey program," Gomez Sosa said. "Erika was a successful hockey player and she will bring her defensive knowledge to our team. She will also be able to provide a lot of on-on-one with our goalkeepers, which will be great for them. Erika is a motivated and driven individual, so she will be able to pass that along to our players."
Dombkowski was the starting goalkeeper in 56 of the team's 57 games during her three seasons at Oneonta State, where she compiled a 25-30 career record with six shutouts. She graduated with some impressive statistics, including a career 2.23 goals against average and a .763 cumulative save percentage.
Dombkowski was reliable for the Red Dragons. In her three seasons there, she played 3,790:20 of a possible 4,035:34 minutes (93.9%) in the cage. She logged every minute of the 2006 season (1,339:29).
Her finest season came in 2007 when she led Oneonta State to a 10-9 overall record on the strength of a career-best 2.04 goals against average. She started all 19 games and saved .758 percent of shots on her way to three shutouts.
In 2008, her 7.67 saves per game ranked 40th in the nation. In 2006, she had 20 saves in a 2-1 win over Ithaca (10/11), which was the 38th-highest single game total in Division III that season.
She spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons playing full time for the Wildcats of the North East Field Hockey Association, an adult club league in New York, N.Y., with whom she played for part time during the 2006-08 seasons.
A 2008 team captain, Dombkowski graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Art, while minoring in art history.
The Carmel, N.Y., native also gained coaching experience with the 2011 USA Field Hockey Futures team and as an instructor for the Brewster field hockey camp in 2005. She has played for a variety of club teams in the New York area, both women's and co-ed. Dombkowski earned her USA Field Hockey Level I Coaching Certification in 2011.
Dombkowski's hire is pending final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next meeting in May.
Dombkowski Career Statistics at Oneonta State
| ||GP-GS ||Minutes || Goals |
|GAA ||Saves ||Save Pct. ||Record ||Shutouts |
|2006 ||19-19 ||1339:29 ||45 ||2.35 ||132 ||.746 ||9-10 ||1 |
|2007 ||19-19 ||1306:58 ||38 ||2.04 ||119 ||.758 ||10-9 ||3 |
|2008 ||18-18 ||1143:53 ||38 ||2.33 ||138 ||.784 ||6-11 ||2 |
|Totals ||56-56 ||3790:20 ||121 ||2.23 ||389 ||.763 ||25-30 ||6 |