Coal Ridge tabs Sager as its new football coach |

Coal Ridge tabs Sager as its new football coach

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Kyle Sager wanted a change in scenery and a head coaching job. In accepting Coal Ridge High School’s head football gig, he’s getting both.

The former University of San Diego lineman is leaving his post on the coaching staff at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Ariz., and heading north to Colorado’s Western Slope.

“I’ve always wanted to be a head football coach at a high school,” said Sager, who served as junior varsity head coach and a varsity defensive assistant at Willow Canyon. “My wife and I were thinking about a making the move from Arizona. We’ve both spent most of our lives in Arizona, and we wanted a change. We wanted to start a new chapter in our lives.”

Sager, who will also be a math teacher at Coal Ridge, will arrive in town in early June. He’s poised to inherit a program loaded with talent.

“I’m very excited about the potential Coal Ridge has,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of athletic talent.”

Under then-head coach Scott Parker, the Titans finished up 2011 with a 4-6 overall record, battling discipline issues along the way. In 2010, Parker guided Coal Ridge to a 7-4 record while making the playoffs for the first time in the school’s young history.

Sager, who grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and played at Horizon High School, brings vast experience as a player and coach to his new job. He spent a season as a defensive tackle and three campaigns as an offensive guard at USD. He graduated from the Southern California university in 2004 with a degree in mathematics.

Sager, who has two daughters, Londyn and Brielle, with his wife, Maurin, began his coaching career at his high school alma mater in 2004. Atop his time at Horizon and Willow Canyon, he’s also coached at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Ariz.

He’s eager to make Coal Ridge his next destination.

“My wife and I, when we were there, we fell in love with the New Castle area,” Sager said. “We’re excited. It all worked out. It’s a dream for me.”

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