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  Tara Zapata

Tara Zapata

Player Profile

New York, N.Y.

Assistant Coach (Sprints/Hurdles)

1st Season

Alma Mater:
Lincoln University (1999, MBA 2002)

Tara Zapata begins her second season as an assistant coach for the Redhawks track and field team. Zapata will be in charge of both the men's and women's sprinters and hurdlers. She also serves as the team's camp coordinator and assists in other day-to-day operations.

Last season, Zapata's coaching resulted in a combined 12 All-OVC performances in the sprint events including the women's OVC Indoor 4X400 relay title.

Prior to her stint at Southeast Missouri, Zapata was an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock where she coached the Trojans sprinters and hurdlers. Under her guidance, the Trojans had their first women's track and field athlete qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Regional since 2005. In 2008, she coached two more athletes who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Mideast Regional.

Zapata, a native of New York City, began her coaching career at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey where she spent two seasons. She assisted in the training and conditioning for sprints, hurdles, and jumps as well as planned and conducted practices.

At Essex, she coached 16 national champions and 14 All-Americans. The 2007 ECC women's team won the NJCAA Division I national championship.

In her career, Zapata has coached NJCAA National Champions and All-Americans including Lorain McKenzie from the University of Florida, Justin McKenzie from Seton Hall University, Trish Bartholomew from the University of Alabama, Allison George from Texas A&M, and Bianca Strachan from the University of Maryland.

A NAIA, NJCAA, and NCAA All-American and honorable mention All-American sprinter, Zapata was a member of the 1996 NAIA Outdoor Championships team at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Zapata received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1999 and her M.B.A. in Business Administration in 2002 from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.


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