Head Swimming & Diving Coach
Kevin Sage begins his first season as the Head Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Coach / Director of Aquatics at Colorado School of Mines in 2008-09. Sage, who initially joined the Mines coaching staff in the fall of 2007, was appointed to his current post on April 10, 2008.
In 2007-08, three CSM divers (Chandra Lippitt, Chris Moore and Simon Demby-Myers) qualified for the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving National Championships under Sage's tutelage. Sage was selected as the Men's Diving Coach of the Meet when the Orediggers hosted the Rocky Mountain Invitational on February 14-16, 2008, at the CSM Natatorium.
Prior to his arrival at CSM, Sage spent three years as the assistant swimming & diving coach at Metro State. Sage's previous collegiate coaching experience also includes positions at Ball State, the University of Denver and the University of Colorado (club team).
In 2006-07 at Metro State, Sage helped one student-athlete achieve NCAA Division II National Runner-Up honors on the 3-meter, and All-American accolades (6th place) on the 1-meter. Two of Sage's student-athletes rewrote four of the eight possible diving records at Metro State in 2006-07, as well.
A USA Diving master-level certified spotter in all dryland training tools, Sage's program will begin to model that of the USA National Training Center. Sage has been on five visits to the National Training Center in recent years, including a week-long mentorship just before the 2004 USA Olympic Trials, and most recently, a mentorship with two other Colorado coaches to the NTC in Indianapolis (shadowing coaches John Wingfield, Wenbo Chen, Eric Barnes and Sean McCarthy).
In 1998, Sage founded Sagebrush Diving, a local springboard and platform diving club in Arvada, where the club tied for 18th at the USA Diving West Nationals in 2005. During his coaching tenure at Sagebrush Diving, the club raised sufficient funds to completely replace and reconfigure the diving facility at George Meyers Pool, making it one of the best diving facilities in the western United States.
Sage has coached numerous NISCA All-Americans, USAD National Finalists, USAD Senior Prequal Finalists and an AAU All-American. Sage has contributed to the diving careers of over 60 different Colorado State Finalists (top 16 at state meet), including several CHSAA State Champions.
During his career, Sage has shared his aquatics expertise with many high schools in the north Jefferson County area and Boulder Valley. Sage, who coached diving at five Colorado high schools (Arvada, Arvada West, Pomona, Ralston Valley and Standley Lake), earned Jefferson County Coach of the Year accolades as a head diving coach in 1998 and as a head swimming coach in 2005. Sage helped revamp the varsity swimming program at Arvada High School after the sport had been dropped years earlier due to lack of interest.
Sage, the Colorado AAU Diving Sport Director, is a lifetime coach member of USA Diving. Also a USA DIVE SAFE Program Director, Sage is a member of the Professional Diving Coaches Association. Sage conducts all of the USA Diving coaches' certification and elective courses in Colorado and Wyoming. From 2002-07, Sage volunteered to lead the diving keynote presentation for the CHSAA Swimposium, which is required for all high school coaches. Sage also leads CASO Diving Judging Clinics.
Sage and his wife, Debbie, have three children, Brianna (12), Elijah (7) and Joshua (4).