Welcome to The Buccaneer’s sports column, “Breakfast with a Buc.” Each week, over a bagel breakfast, we’ll be chatting with an RBR student-athlete who is committed to play a sport at the college level.
We sat down this week with senior soccer player Michael Colao, a three-star recruit and one of TopDrawerSoccer’s top 25 players in New Jersey.
Name: Michael Colao
Committed to play: Soccer
Club team: PDA Academy
College: Loyola University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
In five years, I’ll be: Looking to play more soccer
Bagel Order: Bacon, egg and cheese on a plain
EB: Why Loyola?
MC: It was actually unexpected. It was one of the last schools that contacted me, but they have a new coach, and it’s a really young program that’s on the rise. This is this new coach’s first recruiting class, and they put a lot of money into the program, and he’s gathered a top-15 recruiting class in the country, which intrigued me. It’s somewhere I can go and be competitive, and where I can have an immediate impact right away.
EB: What has RBR Soccer taught you?
MC: In my junior year, I only got to play three games because I was injured, and I ended up tearing my ACL. But just being a part of that team was a lot of fun. We made it to the state finals, and I was the captain for a little bit, which was a lot of fun, and all of my best friends played. So I think it taught me about being a part of something, even though I was injured, and how it was like a family. It taught me that even when I was injured, those kids were still around for me, and then it was more than soccer we were playing.
EB: What’s your favorite RBR sports memory?
MC: Probably just winning our first game together as a team, because that was our first time playing together and just, winning.