A Career Committed to Academic and Athletic Excellence
Chris Sagar is entering his Seventh year as the head coach at Phoenix College. Sagar took over the program in 2007 after spending five years as the assistant/goalkeeper coach for the Bears. In his six years at the helm he has amassed a 60-47-10 record, finished five years in the top four of the ACCAC, and made appearances in one championship game and four semi-finals in the NJCAA Region 1 Tournament.
Last season the team finished with a 11-7-2 record, narrowly losing in the Region semi-final to the eventual NJCAA National Champions. The 2009 edition with a 12-8-1 record had the best finish in the history of the program ending as runners-up in the NJCAA region 1 Tournament. In 2008, the team finished with a 13-6-1 record. In doing so they broke the school records for most wins in a season, most consecutive wins in a season (a stretch of 8), and most goals scored in a season (51). They also scored in 20 of their 21 matches.
Sagar's teams have been named NJCAA Academic All-American Teams in five of his six years in charge. In that time 7 bears have also received individual Academic All-American Honors. Sagar has produced 17 ACCAC All-Conference/All-Region Players, 2 ACCAC Players of the year and 2 NJCAA All Americans. He has also moved 28 other players on to four-year institutions in that time.
Sagar also currently serves as a Staff Coach and Goalkeeping Director for the Phoenix Rush Soccer Club. There he is responsible for the technical and tactical development of competitive youth teams as well as the implementation of a program of education and instruction for the club's goalkeepers.
He has been involved in coaching youth soccer here in the valley for the past fifteen years, was the former Director of Goalkeeping for the State of Arizona Olympic Development Program and also spent some time as the Head Coach of the Fort Collins Force, an amateur team competing in the W-League. There he led a team comprised of both current and former players from some of the nation's top collegiate soccer programs.
His former college experience includes a stint as an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Arizona State University in 2000. There he helped the young program to its most successful season to date (14-7-1) and to round two of the NCAA Div. I Playoffs. Additionally, he led the varsity boy's Prescott High School team to Desert Sky titles in 1997-98 and 1998-99 and the state semi finals each year amassing a 33-6-0 record. Sagar was named the Region's Coach of the Year for the 1998-99 season.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Sagar represented his country at the U-19 and U-23 (Olympic) levels playing in the Junior World Cup qualifying tournament in Guatemala 1988 and in CONCACAF qualifying rounds for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Sagar won a National Championship with Yavapai College in 1992 and earned the distinction of being named Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the National Tournament in both 1991 and 1992. In 1999, he received Honorable Mention on the NJCAA All Century Team. He finished his college career at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. There as captain, he led his team to its first ever NCAA post season appearance. He still currently holds the NCAA II National Record for Lowest Goals Against in a career (0.32goals/game). He received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for excellence in Academics and Sport and was inducted to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2001.
He, wife Cara and new baby boy Brayden currently reside in Scottsdale.