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Sage, Temple standout and Penn coach,to be inducted into Montco Coaches Hall of Fame posthumously

Saturday, 21st September 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 9/21/19
From Press Release

Thr late Anne Sage, who starred in lacrosse and field hockey at Temple and then coached lacrosse for 26 years at Penn, will be one of five inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame in the 18th annual induction banquet on November 26 at Presidential Caterers in East Norriton.

Anne Sage

Sage, a member of the Temple Hall of Fame and a graduate of Abington High, was a member of the U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse Team from 1963-70. Her collegiate career at Temple saw her captain both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams, twice earning All-American honors in lacrosse. She was named Temple’s Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1967 and was inducted into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.

Her high school career at Abington saw her dominate at field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She was Abington’s Outstanding Female Athlete as a senior and would earn induction into Abington’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sage passed away in February.

In her professional career, Sage served as head field hockey coach at the University of Pennsylvania for 24 seasons and head women’s lacrosse coach for 26 in her role as Director of Field Hockey and Lacrosse. She is just one of three head coaches all-time for both programs – amassing 339 total wins during her time patrolling the sidelines. Her 178-115-32 record as field hockey head coach still ranks her as the all-time winningest coach in program history and her 151 wins with women’s lacrosse have been surpassed only by current head coach Karin Corbett.

The first head coach of Penn’s varsity field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams, Sage was instrumental in the formation of both programs. She had a winning record in 20 of her 24 field hockey seasons and won 10+ games six times in her career. After the addition of field hockey as an Ivy League sport in 1979, Sage won seven Ivy League championships in 16 seasons, only finishing lower than third once. In 1988, she was named Coach of the Year by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association.

In the spring, Sage continued her success as head coach of the women’s lacrosse team. She coached the program’s first Ivy League championship in 1982, and four of her teams reached the postseason including AIAW semifinal appearances in 1980 and 1982 before NCAA Tournament runs in 1983 and 1984. Her teams would finish in the Top-20 on five occasions during her time as head coach. She guided 10 women’s lacrosse All-Americans and 27 of her players earned All-Ivy honors, including one Ivy League Player of the Year and three Ivy League Rookies of the Year.

Sage not only broke ground for women as student-athletes at Penn, she championed causes in every walk of life. In 1990, Sage was awarded both Coach of the Year by the March of Dimes and the 1995 Robert Davies Award (along with her fellow Penn coaches) for Promoting Social Change and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond.

Others inducted will be Jim Buckley, who built the Germantown Academy girls basketball program into a perennial powerhouse, before moving on to coach the Ursinus College women’s team; Tony Funsten, who had brief stints coaching Upper Merion High basketball and girls’ basketball before making Upper Merion volleyball into a dynasty; Lou Lombardo, who crafted a legendary career while coaching baseball at Montgomery County Community College as well as many other levels, including CYO, American Legion and the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League; and Jim Wilkinson, who coached some of the greatest basketball teams in Pennsylvania history during his 23-year career at Abington High, compiling a 434-162 record.

Tickets for the banquet are available for purchase by contacting any member of the Hall of Fame Advisory Board. Additional information can be obtained by going to the website – or by calling the banquet management office at 484-868-8000 or Tony Leodora at 610-721-8186.

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