Sage DoVale joined the Seton Hall staff prior to the 2015 campaign, reuniting with head coach Rick Stainton for whom she played as a standout at Fairleigh Dickinson. DoVale previously served as an assistant coach at Rutgers-Newark during the 2014 season.
"Sage is a very talented, driven and committed to her craft. In a short time, she has already built an impressive coaching résumé. I believe she is the right fit on a variety of levels but most importantly, when you look back at the last two years; she has been an integral part of the type of success we are working to make the standard here at The Hall," said Stainton upon the announcement.
In her first and only season as an assistant coach in Newark, DoVale helped lead the Scarlet Raiders to a program record 14 victories and their first-ever New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournament appearance. The squad had been pegged to finish ninth in the 10-team conference in the preseason poll after winning five matches the year before.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks full-time, DoVale delivered her finest collegiate season under Stainton's direction as a senior at Fairleigh Dickinson. After being a part of 11 victories over her first three seasons at FDU, DoVale re-wrote the school record books as the Knights powered their way to eight wins and a 4-1-3 conference record that earned the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament.
During the campaign, the native Hawaiian notched a single-season program record eight shutouts, matching the career record of 14 in the process. A four-time NEC Defensive Player of the Week throughout the season, DoVale was voted as NEC Goalkeeper of the Year and also took home First Team All-NEC honors.