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New WSU wide receiver coach Derek Sage coaches at high volume; Great video on Sage coaching technique

CONSIDER IT unofficially official. Derek Sage hasn’t yet been formally named by Washington State as Mike Leach’s new inside wide receivers coach. But Sage has already changed his Twitter account to reflect his change in status. We also found a great video of Sage coaching receiver pass-catching technique. Plus, based on an article from Sage’s previous stint at Wyoming, the Wazzu practice field is about to get a whole lot louder.

Coaching contracts go through a series of approvals and combined with the holidays, it makes sense that Sage hasn't yet been officially named by WSU as its new inside receivers coach replacing the departed JaMarcus Shephard (Purdue).  But Sage’s twitter account @CoachDSage speaks for itself.


Sage spent the past three seasons coaching Toledo's wide receivers group into one of the more explosive units in the MAC. It doesn't figure to take long for the Cougar players to get to know Sage out on the Palouse ... and to hear from him. From a 2013 article in the Casper Star Tribune when Sage was at Wyoming:

"This is Sage's coaching style. If you do something right, he's going to yell at you. If you do something wrong, you better believe he's going to yell at you. Some coaches are strategists. Others teach by example. Sage is a yeller -- and from the first second they step on campus, his receivers know it."

For the full article, click here.

Cougar receivers are probably going to hear the phrase "Above your eyes!" early and often this spring from Sage.  For a preview of some techniques Sage might employ out on the Palouse, check out this great Youtube video from Sage's time at Wyoming.

Meanwhile, Sage's time at Wyoming overlapped with Cougar d-coordinator Alex Grinch and Sage and Grinch were also on staff together at New Hampshire.  Sage also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Nevada when Ken Wilson and Jim Mastro, the Cougars' linebackers and running backs coaches, respectively, were on the Wolfpack staff.

The Sage File
2014-16 Toledo - Wide Receivers
2010-13 Wyoming - Wide Receivers
2005-09 New Hampshire - Wide Receivers
2003-04 Nevada - Graduate Assistant

For more on Sage, click here.

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