Albany, NY – The Sage Colleges' Department of Athletics has appointed Robert Verhayden (Schenectady, NY) as the head men's golf coach. Verhayden is no stranger to Sage, as he is currently serving as the Gators' men's volleyball coach. In 2016, Verhayden was named the Skyline Conference Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading Sage to a third place finish in the regular season.
A lifelong golfer, Verhayden began his golfing career a greenskeeper at the Edison Club in Rexford, NY. A former member at Cobleskill Country Club, he was the First Flight Men's Club Champion in both 2008 and 2009.
Verhayden said of his selection, "I am very thankful to Dani Drews and the Sage administration for the opportunity to lead the golf program at The Sage College.' He added, "I hope and plan to bring the program back up to being an annual contender for the Skyline Conference championship with hopes of earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Golf is a life-long sport that can help with your business, career, demeanor, relationships and good healthy living."
Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dani Drews said of Verhayden's appointment, "We are so fortunate to have such a talented coach already on our staff." Drews added, "Bob is a true renaissance man and we are excited to have him take on yet another role at Sage. I know he will do great things with the men's golf team just as he has with the volleyball program."
A former women's head volleyball coach at Fulton-Montgomery Community College for three seasons, he has an extensive background within the sport of volleyball. He concurrently serves as the Girls' Varsity Volleyball Coach at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, New York, a position he has held since 2009. His 2015 squad went 23-4 overall, were the WAC South champions and qualified for the Class B sectionals as the fourth seeded team, and advanced to the semifinal match, losing to number one seeded Hudson Falls HS. He collected his 100th varsity victory on this past fall in volleyball.
An accomplished athlete in his own right, Verhayden was a member of the 1998 Men's Masters Championship Team as a competitor at the USA Volleyball IREVA Regional. He also garnered a silver medal as a member of the 1995 Men's Senior Adirondack Team at the Empire State Games.