Thomas Sage
Thomas Sage
Title: Assistant Coach (Hurdles, Vertical Jumps & Multis)
Phone: 804-828-3026
Email: tjsage@vcu.edu

Tom Sage begins his fifth season as assistant coach for Virginia Commonwealth University, working with the hurdles, vertical jumps, and multis. In the five years Sage has been a part of the VCU staff, the women have won five Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. Sage previously spent time at University of New Orleans, University of Texas, University of Illinois, and Texas A&M University Corpus-Christi before arriving in Richmond.

In 2017, Sage helped guide the women’s team to history, winning both the indoor and outdoor Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championships. Totaling 5 championships in 4 years. In addition to the team's historic performance, Sage guided 10 athletes to top three A10 individual performances. Sage oversaw 11 top five all-time performances during this historic season. Top five performances include:

  • Olivia Coopwood (1st All-Time) 400H

  • Ian Davis (1st All-Time) 110H

  • Ian Davis (2nd All-Time) 60H

  • LeClare Beres (3rd All-Time) Heptathlon

  • LeClare Beres (3rd All-Time) Pentathlon

  • Kara Lyles (3rd All-Time) 400H

  • Xyan xRichardson (3rd All-Time) Indoor High Jump

  • De’Nisha Smith (3rd All-Time) 100H

  • De’Nisha Smith (4th All-Time) 400H

  • Jonathan Mukeni (5th All-Time) Heptathlon

  • Xyan xRichardson (5th All-Time) Outdoor High Jump

In 2016, Sage helped guide the women’s team to a first place finish at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship and the men to a fifth place outdoor finish. Sage oversaw 2 top five all-time performances during this season. Top five performances include:

  • Ann Sheehy (2nd All-Time) 400H

  • De’Nisha Smith (2nd All-Time) 60H

In 2015, Sage helped guide the women’s team to a historic first place at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships and the men to a 3rd place outdoor finish. Sage also continued where he left off started at VCU helping athletes move up in the record books. (REWORD?) 4 athletes moved up or into VCU’s top ten all-time under Sage’s tutelage. Top five performances include:

  • Kyle Martin (2nd All-Time) 110H

  • Xavier Waller (4th All-Time) 110H

  • Christina Solomon (5th All-Time) Outdoor High Jump

  • Alliyah Stevens (5th All-Time) Heptathlon

In 2014, Sage arrived at VCU and set his sights on the record books. Sage oversaw 4 top five all-time performances in his first year in addition to helping capture VCU women’s track and fields first Atlantic 10 indoor team championship. Individually, Sage helped Kyle Martin to a first place finish in the 60m hurdles at the A10 indoor championships as well as in setting a new school record in the 60m hurdles (7.99). Other VCU top five performances include:

  • Irielle Little (3rd All-Time) 60H

  • Kyle Martin (4th All-Time) 400H

  • Xavier Waller (4th All-Time) 60H

In 2013, Sage served as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans where he helped transition the Privateers back into the Division I ranks. The Privateers qualified three to the NCAA East Preliminary Round and one to NCAA National Championships.

Prior to his time at UNO in 2013, Sage spent the first semester working with the Longhorns at the University of Texas. Sage worked alongside associate head coach and three-time Olympian Tonja Buford-Bailey. While at UT, Sage’s main responsibilities included working with the sprints and hurdles while being tasked with running individual practices as well as serving as a recruiting coordinator.

In the summer of 2013, Sage assisted Buford-Bailey in working with post collegiate hurdler Andrew Riley. Sage accompanied Riley to the JAAA Jamaican National Senior Championships where Riley won the 110m hurdles advancing him to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Capping off his rookie season as a professional, Riley finished 8th at the World Championships while consistently posting times that ranked in the top 10 in the world.

In 2012, Sage worked as a volunteer assistant with Buford-Bailey and Mike Erb at the University of Illinois. The Fighting Illini won the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Champions and Sage helped guide them to a 14th place finish at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships.

Sage assisted Buford-Bailey in coaching Ashley Spencer to a second straight national championship in the 400m. After leaving Illinois Sage's resume includes assisting with 1 NCAA National Champion, 12 NCAA All-Americans, 10 Illinois School Records, and 9 Individual Big Ten Champions.

In 2011, Sage served under former Head Coach Randy Bungard as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M University Corpus-Christi. Working specifically with the men's and women's throws, jumps and multis, Sage's athletes set school records in the men's and women's high jump, women's javelin, shot put, discus, and heptathlon, in all totaling 7 school records.

Prior to his coaching experience, Sage competed as a decathlete at Marquette University. He was a consistent conference qualifier and point scorer. Sage was a multiple IC4A qualifier and currently ranks third all-time at Marquette in both heptathlon and decathlon.

A native of New Berlin, WI, Sage earned his Bachelor's from Marquette University. Sage resides in Richmond, VA.