Rago began his collegiate head coaching career in August 2014 as the Saint Xavier University men's cross country and track & field coach. In his first year at the helm, the program boasted its first NAIA All-American with Brian Corcoran claiming the honor in the 3K (3,000 meters), had four national qualifiers (two indoor, two outdoor) and broke 16 track and field records (eight indoor, eight outdoor). In his first meet as the SXU men's cross country coach, his top runner, junior Janis Pastars, won the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Twilight Invite and claimed the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week the following week.
Prior to his arrival at Saint Xavier, Rago spent six seasons at CCAC rival Olivet Nazarene University as the cross country/track & field recruiting coordinator as well as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the distance athletes. During those six seasons, Rago helped the program grow from 60 student-athletes to over 140 in 2013-14.
As a former middle distance runner for the Tigers, Rago was a four-time NAIA national qualifier and set six school records. He was named a team captain for both the cross country and track teams during his junior and senior seasons.
Rago graduated from Olivet Nazarene in 2007 with a degree in social science education.