My favorite sports event/memory/moment is ... The opportunity to coach and play at Gettysburg College has been the most impactful sports experience for me as an athlete, student, coach and individual. My decision to play D3 lacrosse for the Bullets, with the goal of competing for conference and national championships, has ultimately shaped my path to coaching college lacrosse. Nothing is better than lining up for the National Anthem on a Saturday afternoon right before you are about to compete in between the lines with your teammates. As a coach, I still get goosebumps when the American flag is blowing in the wind and the music is blasting during pre-game warm-ups.
Crossing the finish line of the NYC Marathon with my cousin as our family cheered us on was an awesome experience that ranks real high on the list too.
Doug Sage took over as the fifth head coach in the history of the Drew University men's lacrosse program on July 17, 2017 after serving as Assistant Coach under veteran Head Coach Tom Leanos.
The Ridgewood, N.J. native returned to the Garden State following a five-year tenure as the Head Coach at The University of Scranton. During that stint, Sage compiled a 47-35 record and five consecutive berths in the Landmark Championship tournament, including a run to the conference championship game in 2015.
The Scranton Years highlighted Sage's defensive coaching prowess as his Royals led the Landmark in goals-against average in 2013, 2014 and 2016. While Sage's teams excelled on the field, they also remained focused in the classroom. He mentored five USILA Scholar All-Americans since 2013, the only Royals in team history to earn this distinction.
Along with his one-year stop at Drew, Sage served in similar assistant coach positions at Gettysburg College, his alma mater, and Stevens Institute of Technology. Earning his first head coaching job at Scranton, Sage produced 20 All-Conference performers and three honorable mentions on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America awards.
Sage's coaching career path started in 2002 as an assistant coach at Gettysburg, where he helped lead the Bullets to a 17-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship game. Over the next 15 years, Sage recruited and helped coach multiple conference Players of the Year and three USILA National Players of the Year.
Before returning to coaching college lacrosse, Sage was the Director of Athletics at Immaculate Heart Academy from 2002-2006. He served as the girl’s lacrosse coach there in 2003 and coached the boy’s lacrosse team at nearby St. Joseph's Regional High School from 2003-06.
Sage starred on the lacrosse field at Gettysburg from 1995-98, playing in the midfield and helping the Bullets reach the NCAA Final Four in both 1995 and 1997. He played on Centennial Conference Championship teams in 1995 and 1998, and served as a team captain in 1998. He graduated from Gettysburg with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science in the spring of 1998 and earned his Master's in Business Administration from Scranton in 2016.
Prior to his college career, Sage was an All-State lacrosse player at Ridgewood High School. Sage retained strong ties to his hometown from 2000-2014 as a coach, director and founder of Next Level Lacrosse and Gamerz Lacrosse, which provided club teams, instructional camps and competitive leagues to the local lacrosse community.