Ryan Sage has been hired to coach girls’ lacrosse at Menlo School. The hiring was announced Thursday by Menlo Athletic Director Earl Koberlein.
“We are thrilled to have Ryan lead our girls’ team. He brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge and coaching experience,” Koberlein said. “He is passionate, energetic and competitive on the field but more importantly, Ryan will be a great teacher of important life skills. As a top student and high-level athlete, he can provide exemplary leadership and help develop the strength and confidence of our student-athletes on and off the field.”
Sage has served as Director of Operations for the Firehawks Lacrosse Club since 2017. He oversaw all aspects of the program. He was the Boys’ Director for the club this past season. During his tenure, he managed a pool of more than 250 players from ages 4 to 14.
Sage also served as a lacrosse offensive coordinator and strength coach at Notre Dame de Namur, creating the playbook, running practices and scouting.
“Ryan also has the skills and expertise to provide coaching assistance with volleyball as well as strength & conditioning,” Koberlein added. “We look forward to him providing coaching experience in those areas as well.”
A native of British Columbia, Sage learned lacrosse as a box player and soon transitioned to field lacrosse.
He studied and played at Mars Hill University in North Carolina, where he was the South Atlantic Conference leader in goals and a two-time Academic All American.
He helped Mars Hill win the 2015 conference champion and received the Male Scholar-Athlete Award for achieving the highest GPA of all senior athletes. Before graduating with a bachelor’s in biology, Sage also served as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team.
Since 2014, Sage has been competing internationally as a member of the Scottish National Team. He has played in two World Championships and one European Championship. He is on the active roster preparing for the 2023 World Championships.
Sage over a program which has won 13 West Bay Athletic League titles since 2004. The Central Coast Section sponsored championship play in the sport for the first time last season.
“I hope to bring continued success to the program by creating an environment where the girls are excited to be there every day, and happy to work hard,” Sage said. “My coaching philosophy is simple in that if everyone works as hard as they can, and as selflessly as they can, success will soon follow.”