BANGOR — Amanda (Gifford) Cummings said that since she was a child, one of her “biggest dreams was to be a college coach.”

Her dream has become a reality as Cummings was named the women’s soccer coach at Husson University on Monday.

“It’s incredible to reach this goal at age 25. It’s pretty exciting,” said Cummings, a former Lee Academy three-sport standout who shone in three sports at Husson after playing soccer and basketball for one season at Bates College in Lewiston.

In taking the position, Cummings, who is Husson’s director of alumni relations, had to resign as the girls basketball coach at Hermon High School.

“It was a tough decision. I loved that community and loved what we were doing there,” said Cummings. “But I had to jump at this opportunity, and it’s a year-round commitment.”

She said she travels a lot with her job at Husson, and there wasn’t enough time to coach both the women’s soccer team and Hermon’s basketball team.

Hermon went 20-19 in her two seasons as the head coach. The Hawks were the 11th seed in the Eastern Maine Class B tournament last season, but they upset No. 6 John Bapst of Bangor and No. 3 Medomak Valley of Waldoboro before losing to No. 2 Presque Isle in the semifinals.

Cummings will replace Carly Gettler, although Husson had hired Kate Thomas to take the position in April. Husson athletic director Frank Pergolizzi said Thomas failed to complete some of the school’s basic requirements for any new employee, so he was forced to reopen the search.

Gettler led Husson to a 26-32-2 record (18-8-1 in the North Atlantic Conference) and three straight league semifinal appearances before leaving to take a coaching position in the Richmond (Virginia) Strikers club program.

Pergolizzi said in a press release that he and his entire department are thrilled to have Cummings on board.

“Her coaching career so far has been very successful. We are confident that she has the passion, commitment and knowledge to continue to move our women’s soccer program to great success,” He said.

She inherits a Husson team that went 12-8 overall (7-2 NAC) and lost to Castleton State 4-0 in the conference semifinals.

Goalkeeper Jess Poulin and midfielder Desiree Hamler were the only senior starters.

Cummings considers soccer her favorite sport and missed not being involved in it, although she did play in some local leagues.

Her Husson teams will play “aggressive, physical soccer.”

“That’s real important at the college level,” said Cummings, who earned an English degree at Husson. “If you play that way, it gives you a leg up on your opponent. We’re going to be very attack-minded. So as much as we want to be very strong defensively, we want everyone up in the play as a unit without big gaps in between. We want to score a lot of goals.”

She looks forward to recruiting and feels it is important to talk to her recruits “face to face and get to know them as people beyond their soccer talent.”

Cummings also likes the fact there are so many quality in-state players.

“I’ll be able to recruit players in our backyard,” said Cummings.