Tom Sage enters his first season as assistant coach for Virginia Commonwealth University, working with the hurdles, vertical jumps, and multis. Sage previously spent time at the University of New Orleans, University of Texas, University of Illinois, and Texas A&M University Corpus-Christi before arriving in Richmond.
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 newly acquired 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 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.