Wednesday September 22nd, 2021 11:46PM

Baseball: Sage hired to take over at RMA

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

GAINESVILLE — Former West Hall baseball coach Chad Sage was recently hired to take over the Riverside Military Academy program.

Sage and the Eagles finalized the move last week after Zeb Lackey, who spent just one season with the Eagles, stepped down.

Sage, a former Chestatee standout, coached the Spartans or four seasons (2016-19) and guided them to the playoffs three of his four seasons. He and West Hall parted ways after the 2019 season.

The Riverside opening did not come about until after the 2019 school year and Sage said he had initially planned to take a year off from coaching.

“I had four good years at West Hall but I was really thinking of just stepping back for a year and kind of recharging and reevaluating things,” Sage said. “But the Riverside job just kind of opened up and they called me and it seemed like a really good fit for me and for them I think.”

The Eagles finished the 2019 season at 9-15 under Lackey, however, they have not made the playoffs since 2013 when they were a member of Class 2A. They finished 36th in the Class A Private power rankings in 2019 in a very tough Region 8-A that had six of 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Sage said he understands the unique challenges and is ready to get going.

“It is a unique place and right now I don’t have any idea who is coming back as far as players,” he said. “But I am ready to get going and the aspect of having to teach the basics to a new group possibly every year is interesting and I think going to make me a better coach, which I hope I can pass down to the kids.

“It should be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to it.”

  • Associated Categories: Sports, High School Sports
  • Associated Tags: High school baseball, riverside military academy baseball
© Copyright 2021
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Baseball: Sage hired to take over at RMA
Former West Hall baseball coach Chad Sage was recently hired to take over the Riverside Military Academy program...
7:54AM ( 4 minutes ago )
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick’s plans spoiled by cautions
Inopportune cautions foiled the best laid plans of drivers Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick – and their respective crew chiefs. Even though those two drivers arguably had...
6:00AM ( 1 hour ago )
Denny Hamlin leads 1-2-3 Pocono finish for JGR
Thanks to a fast No. 11 Toyota, a feel for fuel economy and a first-ever application of traction compound to the asphalt at Pocono Raceway, Denny Hamlin rediscovered...
7:56PM ( 12 hours ago )
Two-a-Days: Bulk of White County offense returns in 2019
The Warriors managed to get into the playoffs in 2018 for a second straight season despite a four-game drop in wins and playing in the brutal Region 7-4A. And they did it with a young roster...
2:03PM ( 1 day ago )
Two-a-Days: Youthful Spartans' LB group could be one of area's best
Second-year head coach Krofton Montgomery said he is more prepared for his sophomore season at the helm but will have to deal with a lot of youth, which also happens to be pretty talented as well...
7:03AM ( 2 days ago )
Two-a-Days: OL may hold the key to Panthers in 2019
Coach Brian Allison touted his receiving group as perhaps one of the best in the area but rebuilding an offensive line may be the key to their region and playoff chances...
2:03PM ( 2 days ago )
High School Sports
Hab Central's McFarlane to head to Miami despite draft pick; Buford's David also taken in MLB Draft
Despite being taken in the MLB Draft earlier this week, Habersham Central right-hander pitcher Alexander McFarlane, a move-in in 2019 from the U.S. Virgin Islands, is expected to keep commit to the University of Miami...
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:03AM ( 1 month ago )
Baseball: Humphries hired as next baseball coach at West Hall
Brannon Humphries is the next leader of the Spartan baseball program. West Hall Athletics Director David Wagner made the announcement Monday afternoon.
8:00PM ( 2 months ago )
Baseball: North Hall's Clark joins state record books
Caleb Clark was just quietly going about this business in 2019. So much so, in fact, that the North Hall senior outfielder/pitcher did not even realize his name was about to be etched in lore among some of the all-time high school greats until after it was all over...
7:09AM ( 2 months ago )
The Latest: Branch girls, Union, GHS boys advance to title game; JHS, Jefferson boys fall; NHall baseball swept
Six area soccer teams and one baseball team entered Tuesday's semifinal round of the GHSA state playoffs with the hopes of advancing to the finals.
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:25AM ( 2 months ago )
PLAYOFF BASEBALL: Pace Academy sweeps North Hall
Pace Academy scored a combined 17 runs in two games to sweep the Trojans in the semifinals of the Class 3A playoffs.
By AccessWDUN Staff
7:43PM ( 2 months ago )