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Colfer leaps into DI coaching post

Colonie Central High School graduate takes the reins at the University at Albany

— “Our team is an amazingly close-knit group,” said Colfer. “If our team cohesion wasn’t in place, it would have been a lot more difficult, especially with a new coaching staff coming in.”

Colfer said the goal is to guide UAlbany to the America East regular season title – an objective made easier by the departure of eight-time conference champion Boston University, which moved to the Patriot League.

“With them leaving and a Division II program (University of Massachusetts-Lowell) becoming a Division I program, I think we have an opportunity here,” said Colfer. “This is a time for us to step up and put our name on America East.”

Monroe’s tenure at UAlbany included three America East tournament appearances, including a trip to the conference finals in 2011.

“(Monroe) elevated the program, and now Caitlin (Colfer) has the opportunity to further elevate the program,” said McElroy.

Beyond the challenge of guiding the Great Danes to their first league title, Colfer is also looking forward to ushering in a new era of women’s soccer when the team hosts Columbia on Friday, Sept. 20, at Bob Ford Field, the school’s new 8,500-seat multi-purpose stadium.

“I think that stadium gives us a huge advantage over other schools, even ACC (Atlantic Coast Con-ference) schools,” said Colfer. “Any young player who comes here to be re-cruited and sees that new stadium is going to be very excited.”

The team’s wait to play its first home game at the new stadium will be nearly a month. The Great Danes will spend most of that time on the road.

“Playing on the road is tough ... but if we play well away, then it will make it that much easier for us when we do play that first home game,” said Colfer.

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