COLONIE Caitlin Colfer is getting her first shot at living her next dream.
The Colonie Central High School graduate was recently hired by Sage College to be the Albany school's first full-time women's soccer coach, and Colfer said she can't wait to move back to the region.
"I'm looking forward to moving back home," said Colfer, who had been working as an assistant coach with the Goucher College women's soccer team outside of Baltimore. "It will be a very nice thing to have my family close by again."
Colfer has already had a dream career in soccer. After becoming Colonie's all-time leading scorer, Colfer moved on to play Division I college soccer at Ohio State University from 2005 through 2008. She joined the Goucher College program in 2009 -- first as a graduate assistant, and then as a full-time assistant after she earned her Masters degree.
While home for Christmas in December, Colfer noticed that Sage was looking for a full-time head coach. So she applied for the position, and within a month she was being interviewed.
"Once it started, it was a total whirlwind," said Colfer. "(The interview process) went by pretty quickly."
When Colfer learned she landed the job last week, she started making plans for the move back home.
"I'm very fortunate that I have very supportive parents," said Colfer. "I'm looking for my own place right now, but I know that if I need to I can always move back in with them for a few weeks."
The program Colfer is moving into is in good shape, she said. Under previous coach Barry Balkwell, Sage College -- which plays at the NCAA Division III level -- posted a 10-year record of 79-71-22.
"They've done pretty well in their conference (the Skyline Conference)," said Colfer. "They've been around .500 for the most part, so I see some potential for growth."
Colfer's first priority will be to get to know her current Sage players. Then, she will set about constructing her first recruiting class by looking both within her old Section II stomping grounds and then farther out.
"I'm pretty focused on recruiting within Region I, which stretches from Maine to Virginia," said Colfer. "But, I definitely think that Section II has a lot of talented kids. So, you can't overlook this region."