Caitlin Colfer is moving across the river.
Colfer, who coached at Sage last season, was introduced as the new women’s soccer coach at the University at Albany Thursday.
“Being a head coach at The Sage Colleges was a time for me to grow as a coach,” said Colfer, a Baltimore, Md., native who played collegiately at Ohio University. “I was able to make my own decisions and run my program the way I saw fit. Transferring over to Division I, having played at that level, will be a challenge, but I feel that I am prepared to begin the journey.”
The Gators were 6-8 under Colfer last season. During her one-year stint at Sage, Colfer earned her National “A” license from the U.S. Soccer Federation.
“I always wanted to be a Division I head coach, and to be given the opportunitity to take on the responsibility as head coach for the University at Albany is a great privilege,” said Colfer.
Outside of coaching, Colfer has played at the highest level of women’s soccer for the last three years. In 2011, she played for the ASA Chesapeake Charge in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
“We are excited that Caitlin will bring passion, energy and integrity as she provides leadership for the 2012 women’s soccer team,” said Lee McElroy, vice president and director of athletics at UAlbany.
Colfer’s departure from Sage opened the door for a local player to step in, as Shenendehowa graduate Ashley Moore was named to replace Colfer.
Moore, a 2010 graduate of North Carolina, joined the Sage women’s staff last summer as an assistant coach. She has an extensive resume as a player, helping the Tar Heels win national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Moore was a Parade Magazine high school All-American at Shenendehowa, and also played professionally with the Adirondack Lynx of the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2006 and 2007. Since earning her bachelor of arts in exercise and sports science, Moore has also served as the head coach of the Albany Alleycats U11 team since 2004.
“I’m excited that Ashley is able to assist our women’s soccer program in the coming year,” said Dani Drews, Sage’s director of athletics. “Her knowledge of the game is incredible, while her playing experience proves that she has the passion and dedication to compete at the highest levels. She is what we need to continue with the development of our women’s soccer program.”
The Siena women’s basketball team should be well-prepared when the Saints open their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule in late December.
The Saints, under the direction of second-year coach Ali Jaques, will be playing four teams that advanced to the postseason in 2013 as part of their nine-game non-conference schedule.
“We really have to challenge ourselves by playing against some very good teams,” said Jaques.
The 2013-14 season tips off against the University at Albany in the Albany Cup at the Times Union Center on Nov. 8, and Siena will hit the road on Nov. 16 to play Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Saints will be playing in the TD Bank Classic at the University of Vermont on Nov. 22-23, opening against Horizon League champion Green Bay.
The Saints will also play Sacred Heart (Nov. 26), Buffalo (Dec. 7) and Binghamton (Dec. 21) in non-conference games at the Alumni Recreation Center.
Road trips will also take Siena to Central Connecticut (Dec. 3) and Maryland (Dec. 9). The Terps won 26 games last year, and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Siena posted a 13-18 record last year and reached the semifinals of the MAAC Championships.
Heck in Texas
Recent Union College graduate Tyler Heck has joined the Alexandria Aces in the Texas Summer League. He made his first appearance on Sunday, playing third base and going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Heck was named the Liberty League Player of the Year last spring, after leading the Dutchmen in hitting (.394), home runs (three), RBI (26), walks (16) and stolen bases (38). The Dutchmen finished with a 26-11 record.
The Texas Summer League is for aspiring professional players seeking to improve their skills under the direction of veteran professional managers. The Aces are managed by former major league outfielder Von Hayes.