"I am honored, thrilled and humbled by this new contract," says Hopkins. "(Athletics Director) Tom Bowen and (Senior Associate Athletics Director) Marie Tuite have provided amazing leadership to this program. They have improved every facet of this department. I am very excited to continue raising the bar of excellence in our program."
In his first college head coaching position, Hopkins' six-season dual meet record is 52-22-1 (.700), with an even better 20-6-1 (.759) mark against Western Athletic Conference (WAC) teams. He is the first Spartans swimming and diving coach to reach the 50-win plateau in the program's 46-year NCAA history.
In his six year tenure at San Jose State, Hopkins' swimmers set 14 of the 16 all-time individual program records and his relay teams hold every school mark. His student-athletes have earned 11 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America awards and 72 Academic All-WAC honors. In the same time frame, San Jose State athletes have produced 41 first-team and 118 second-team All-WAC performances at the conference meet.
"In a short time, Sage Hopkins established himself as the most successful San Jose State women's swimming and diving head coach. He has recruited student-athletes who can win in dual meets and score big points at invitational meets and the WAC Championship. The number of academic honors these same student-athletes have earned is clearly more than at any other time in our program's history. Sage is very deserving of this new contract to lead the Spartans," says Bowen.
According to collegeswimming.com, the Spartans were ranked as high as No. 5 among mid-major programs during in 2010-11 season. In 2009-10, he guided the Spartans to a San Jose State best third-place WAC Championship finish. The 2008-09 team set a school single-season dual-meet record with 16 victories.
"Over the last six years we have made marked improvement," adds Hopkins, a 1997 Cal State Bakersfield graduate. "We are very excited to and focused on continuing to improve our program. There are a lot of very positive changes coming for us in the next 12 months. Those changes will propel San Jose State to the top of the WAC and to a higher level of Division I competitiveness."