Amy Zombeck returns for her 15th season as the winningest coach (134 wins) in UMass Boston women's soccer history and as a three-time Little East Conference Coach of the Year recipient. After breaking the 100-win milestone in 2014, Zombeck stands as one of just three female coaches to have won 100 or more games in UMass Boston history.
Since coming to Boston, Zombeck has changed the program into one of the top ranked teams in all of New England, including winning three-straight Little East Conference Regular Season titles, and the program’s first-ever Little East Conference Title in 2012.
After three-straight rebuilding seasons, UMass Boston put together their best season in five years during the 2018 campaign. Zombeck integrated 18 new faces on to the roster, including 15 freshmen, during the 2018 season and led the Beacons to their best finish since 2013. The Beacons found their footing in the middle of September when they went on a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1), that included a 3-2 win over LEC Regular Season Champion Western Connecticut State University. After finishing as the third seed, UMass Boston defeated #6 Castleton University and #2 Eastern Connecticut State University by identical 1-0 score lines to reach their fourth LEC Title game in a decade.
Over the previous three seasons, coach Zombeck has begun a rebuilding process, as the Beacons look to once again climb back to the top of the conference standings. In 2015 and 2017 UMB advanced to the conference semi-finals, after recording thrilling home quarterfinal wins in Boston.
The 2014 campaign, saw the Beacons post their sixth straight 11+ win season on their way to claim their third straight regular season title. The Beacons, however would suffer a quarterfinal round upset to mark the end of one of most successful era’s in women’s soccer history.
In 2013, she led the Beacons to their second consecutive Little East Conference Regular Season Title and the team’s longest winning streak in program history. UMass Boston won nine consecutive games to close out the regular season to set a new program mark, including defeating NCAA Tournaments participants Keene State and Bridgewater State.
The Beacons not only took home the Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Titles in 2012, but they also earned their first-ever national ranking, coming in at #23 in the D3Soccer.com Top-25 Coaches Poll on October 16.
UMass Boston opened the 2012 season on a then program-record eight-game winning streak, en route to a program-best 18-3 mark. The Beacons dominated the Little East going 6-1 to earn the number spot in the postseason and knocked off Keene State College and Western Connecticut State University in the LEC Tournament to win their first ever LEC Tournament Title and finish a perfect 12-0 at home.
For the first time in school history, UMass Boston defeated every team in the conference during the season, and earned their first ever victory over Keene State and first regular-season win against Eastern Connecticut State University.
Zombeck picked up her third career Little East Conference Coach of the Year Award at the end of the regular season and coached the program’s first ever All-American and Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year in Krista Ledin '15.
During her first decade as head coach, Zombeck has coached multiple all-conference and all-region honorees, and has led the Beacons to the conference tournament every single season since 2008.
In 2010, she made history by leading UMass into their first conference tournament final after upsetting the first-seeded Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State in penalty-kicks. UMass also made conference tournament history by becoming the first fourth-seed to ever advance to the championship round.
The 2011 campaign was just as impressive as Zombeck and her Beacons made a serious run in both the conference and the ECAC New England tournament. Led by the program’s third conference Rookie of the Year honoree in the last four seasons, UMass advanced to the semi-finals of both tournaments.
During the remarkable turnaround, Zombeck has coached a combined 22 all-conference honorees, seven All-Region selections, three conference Rookies of the Year, one ECAC and Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and one All-American selection. Prior to her arrival UMB had only one player named to an all-conference team since the program’s inception in 1995.
Zombeck arrived at UMass after serving as the assistant coach for Keene State College women's soccer for four years. Before joining the Keene State coaching staff, Zombeck was a highly decorated soccer player for the Owls, earning Little East Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior. The midfielder was named Second-Team All-American by the Division III National Soccer Coaches Association of America, as well as All-Regional First Team and Little East Conference First Team as both a junior and senior.
Zombeck earned All-Region Second Team accolades for her junior and senior campaigns from the New England Women's Soccer Coaches Association of America and, following her sophomore year, she was tabbed as a member of the Division II NSCAA All-Regional Second Team after leading the Owls to an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
After graduating from Keene State in 1999 with a degree in sociology, Zombeck continued her career as both a coach and player. She coached in various soccer camps and leagues and enjoyed two seasons playing in the United States Independent Soccer League with the Springfield Sirens and the New Hampshire Lady Phantoms in 2000 and 2001, respectively.