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Official: Derek Sage is Mike Leach's inside WRs coach at Washington State

WASHINGTON STATE made it official on Thursday: Derek Sage is Washington State’s new inside receivers coach. "Derek is a proven receivers coach who will blend in well with our program and hit the ground running," Mike Leach said in a statement. "He brings a great deal of energy, passion, understands our offensive philosophy and has a great reputation as a coach and recruiter."

Sage has coached with three current WSU assistant coaches during his career: Alex Grinch at Wyoming and New Hampshire and Jim Mastro and Ken Wilson at Nevada. He arrives to WSU following three seasons as the receivers coach at Toledo (9-4 this past season).

In 2016 Sage guided a Rockets receiving group that saw two players earn All-Mid-American Conference honors after catching 10-plus touchdowns. First-team selection Cody Thompson posted 1,269 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
 
In his three seasons at Toledo, the Rockets improved from 234.2 passing yards per game in 2014 to 322.8 hashes in 2016.  Toledo was 28-10, went to three bowl games and won two during Sage’s time there.
 
As the receivers coach at Wyoming for four years, Sage mentored Cowboy wide receiver Robert Herron, who finished his career as the school's No. 4 all-time leader with 20 TD catches.

Sage was also the wide receivers coach at New Hampshire from 2005-09, again working with Grinch as well as NH offensive coordinator Chip Kelly. UNH earned bids to the FCS playoffs in each of Sage's five seasons as Sage coached some of the greatest receivers in school history, including All-American David Ball. Ball set New Hampshire receiving records for career receptions (304) and career receiving yards (4,655). He also became the NCAA career leader in TD receptions with 58, breaking Jerry Rice's previous record of 51 at Mississippi Valley State.
 
Sage started his coaching career at Nevada as a graduate assistant in 2003-04, helping coach the defensive backs and wide receivers, and worked alongside Mastro and Wilson.
 
A native of Sparks, Nevada, Sage played tight end for Sacramento City College for two years (1998-99), helping win conference and bowl championships at the junior college level. He completed his college career at Cal State Northridge, where he won two letters at tight end in 2000 and 2001 before earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2002. Sage and his wife Mandy have two children, daughter Piper, and son, Casen.

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