Sager, 34, who assisted Joe Heasley for eight years, 2004-12, before becoming head coach at Centennial and Rogers one year each, was named Friday to succeed Heasley, who resigned in June.
“We are excited to welcome Dale back to Elk River,” said Mike Cunningham, activities director. “His personality, his experience, along with his dedication to our program in the past, made him an excellent choice to lead our girls hockey program.”
For Sager, 34, a special education para at ERHS, this will be his fourth post in four years. He left ERHS when opportunities opened first at his alma mater, Centennial, and then at Rogers.
“If this came up at any other place than Elk River, I would not have even considered it,” said Sager.
He said it was “a very tough decision” to leave the Rogers program, but his long history with the Elks program and “already being in the (ERHS) building” were the keys.
“I loved Rogers, and I had a lot of great kids,” said Sager. “My decision was made more outside the realm of hockey than inside. This is the best fit for my family and myself. My roots are here, and I’m excited to be back.”
Cunningham said the process was long and carefully-structured to ensure that they hired the best person for the program.
“Since Friday, Dale has already started digging in and prepping for the upcoming season,” said Cunningham.
Sager, who is also president of the state girls hockey coaches association, played hockey and tennis at Centennial and was also a track and cross country runner.
At ERHS, he rejoins a program that’s been one of the better ones in Elk sports. In Heasley’s nine-year tenure, the Elks were 156-81-21 with three state trips, two conference titles, and eight trips to section finals.
“We’ll have some good kids back,” said Sager, “and we should contend in the conference and section again.”
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