St. Thomas More High School will honor Tom Sager (DB ’60), legendary coach and principal within the Don Bosco and St. Thomas More communities, at a fundraising auction on March 30 at 5:00 p.m. At this event, St. Thomas More will present Sager with the school’s Chancellor Award, which commemorates exceptional, continuous support of Catholic education in Southeastern Wisconsin.
St. Thomas More welcomes members of the community to join us for this special celebration of Sager’s legacy as a distinguished student-athlete, inspiring coach, and compassionate principal. The Italian-restaurant-themed fundraiser will feature live and silent auction items, raffles, and games, and all attendees will receive a three-course dinner and access to an open bar. All proceeds of the event benefit St. Thomas More High School.
“Tom Sager was a key player in the 1972 merger of Don Bosco and Pio Nono High School that created St. Thomas More High School,” said Don Bosco 1966 alumnus and Athletic Hall of Fame member Mike Fons. “His influence, guidance, and administrative leadership were vital to the successful beginnings of the new school.”
Sager has maintained a strong presence in St. Thomas More and Don Bosco history since he returned to teach and coach in 1964. Over the past several years, Sager has been the driving force behind the creation of the Coach Jim Haluska Wall of Champions. Named after St. Thomas More’s legendary football coach, the Wall of Champions honors exceptional athletic teams who have represented Don Bosco, Pio Nono, St. Francis Minor Seminary, and St. Thomas More. Through his efforts, Sager has helped to strengthen and reaffirm St. Thomas More High School as the home for the legacy of Don Bosco High School.
“Tom is a devoted and caring individual who was present in the infancy of the school and is back almost 50 years later still working to make St. Thomas More’s legacy stronger,” Fons continued. “His professional efforts have affected so many alumni to bring them closer and to be more supportive of their alma mater.”
Sager graduated from Don Bosco in 1960 as the school’s first 10-varsity letter winner. After graduating from college, Sager returned to his alma mater in 1964 as a social studies and physical education teacher as well as head basketball coach. His teams won Catholic Conference championships in 1968 and 1970. In 1970, he moved from the classroom into a new role as assistant principal. Sager has also served as an administrator at Racine Park, Whitnall, and Racine Case High School and continued to teach the game of basketball to thousands of boys and girls, earning a great reputation among students, parents, and other coaches.
In 1997, Sager was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2001, St. Thomas More inducted Sager into its Athletic Hall of Fame and, in 2005, Sager joined the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Reflecting their coach’s personality, Sager’s teams were known for their incredible discipline and intensity. Like Sager himself, his players exuded high energy, dedicated purpose, and moral integrity.
To purchase tickets, sponsor the event, and view items available for bidding, please visit tmore.org/2019auction.