Hage ready to roll out mats as new Newnan coach

by DOUG GORMAN

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Sean Hage

When new Newnan High School wrestling coach Sean Hage found out the school was looking for a new head coach, applying for the job was a no brainer.

Hage had heard nice things about Coweta County and this is where he wanted to put down roots.

"My wife and I are expecting our first little girl in October, and this is the type of place where we want to live and   to raise our kids."

He also heard good things about the school from former Newnan coach Randy Bortles. 

Bortles  convinced Hage he should think about applying for the job.

 Hage brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cougars'  program after spending time most recently as the head coach at North Cobb High School.

Wresting and coaching are definitely part of Hage's family bloodlines.

Hage cut his teeth on the wrestling mat at Harrison High School under the watchful eye of his father, Brian, who was the his head coach.

Brian Hage coached teams to state titles at Avaondale in 1983, Redan in 2004 and Harrison in 2000, winning more than 350 dual meets and coaching 20 state champions. He is in several coaching Hall of Fames 

"He had a lot of influence on me," Hage said. "Coaching was something I knew I wanted to do from an early age. I love being around kids, so coaching was just a good fit for me."

Sean and his brother Scott are both four-time state champions.

With a 117-1 record, Hage earned a scholarship to West Virginia where he became an All-American.

He suffered his only loss  against a former national champion who Hage beat a year later to win one of his four state titles.

But it was his track record as a head coach at North Cobb that led Newnan athletic director Steve Allen to extend the job over to Hage

He replaces Tom Everett who has retired.

Everett turned around the program at Newnan with his enthusiastic approach to coaching the Cougars. There were time when the team didn't even have enough wrestlers to fill all the weight classes on the team. 

Two years ago, Everett coached the team to its first ever Coweta County title. They also won the Region 2-AAAAAA title.

"We know coach Everett laid the ground work for this program," Hage said. "I have't had the chance to meet too many of the wrestlers, but I have met some of the parents and the booster club members and I am really excited about getting started."




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