A former college goalkeeper, Erika Dombkowski has helped lead a Bears defense that has earned national attention for defensive saves. Under Dombkowski's tutelage, Missouri State defender Reiann Stoute notched 11 defensive saves, the most among all Division I student-athletes. In addition, the Bears were named the team champion for Division I defensive saves with a total of 16.
In addition, Dombkowski has helped develop goalkeeper Andrea Bain into a mainstay in net. As a junior in 2012, Bain recorded more than 800 minutes in net, racked up 83 saves and a .664 save percentage, and notched one shutout.
In Dombkowski's first season as the Bears' assistant field hockey coach in 2011, she helped to produce a team with the most wins (7) since the 2004 season and three All-Mid-American Conference players.
Dombkowski had an immediate impact on MSU's goalkeepers, finishing the season with both goalies ranked in the top ten in the conference. Dombkowski coached Bears' goalkeeper Bain to finish 30th in the nation in saves per game (5.6). As a team, MSU finished 21st in the nation in saves per game. Dombkowski's coaching also produced a conference defensive player of the week honor for Bain. Dombkowski also assisted the Bears' defense, which finished seventh in the nation in defensive saves (13), and Reainn Stoute ranked fourth in the nation individually in defensive saves with eight.
Dombkowski came 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. Working primarily with the goalkeepers and defenders at Vassar, 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.
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 II Coaching Certification, the second highest certification in USA Field Hockey, just under the international level, in 2012. She graduated from the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in 2012.