ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany vice president and director of athletics Lee McElroy on Thursday announced the hiring of Caitlin Colfer as head coach. Colfer previously was a head coach for one season at the Sage Colleges.

“Caitlin has a strong background and broad experience in every aspect of women’s collegiate soccer,” McElroy said. “We are excited that Caitlin will bring passion, energy and integrity as she provides leadership for the 2013 women’s soccer team at UAlbany. I look forward to working with Caitlin as she fosters a culture of excellence in academics, athletics and leadership.”

The Sage Colleges Gators finished 6-8 overall and 4-4-1 in the Skyline Conference with Colfer at the helm. Under Colfer’s tutelage, forward Nicole Maher was selected as the conference’s rookie of the year. Also honored were freshman midfielder Kelsey Woron and senior defender Rachel Wampler as second-team selections.

“Being a head coach at the Sage Colleges was a time for me to grow as a coach,” Colfer said. I was able to make my own decisions and run my program the way I saw fit. Transferring over to Division I level, having played at that level, will be a challenge but I feel that I am prepared to begin the journey.

“I have always wanted to be a Division I head coach and to be given the opportunity to take on the responsibility as head coach for the University at Albany is a great privilege and honor.”

Outside of coaching, Colfer has played at the highest level of women’s soccer for the past three years. In 2011, she played for the ASA Chesapeake Charge in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Colfer led the Charge to the ASA Eastern Regional championship (Region I).

An Albany native, Colfer excelled at Ohio State from 2005-09. During her time, she accrued 11 career assists. Off the field, she garnered four OSU Scholar-Athlete awards, and in 2007 and '08 she was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as a NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-Academic honoree in '07.