Leo Sayles

Leo Sayles is first a Christian, husband, and father. Leo Sayles is also a coach, an author, a pastor, a teacher, and a speaker. He currently serves as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach/ Associate Athletic Director for Sport Ministry at Grove City College in Grove City, PA.

His 17-year career as a college volleyball coach includes 8 seasons at Gardner-Webb University (NCAA Div. 1, Boiling Springs NC) and 7 seasons at Bryan College (NAIA, Dayton, TN)

Leo Sayles’ coaching experience spans a 35+ year career. He has successfully coached both boys and girls teams in volleyball, track & field, soccer, and basketball at the college, high school and middle school levels.

In his 20 years as a minister, teacher, and speaker, Leo has combined sports analogies and stories to highlight biblical teaching.  These analogies are the basis for his book series, “Ordering Our Steps.” Book 1, “Ordering Our Steps: Committing Life & Sport To Christ” was released in 2018.

His second book, “Ordering Our Steps: Focused On Christ,” was recently released.

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About Leo

Coach Leo Sayles’ 30 year career spans athletics, education, and ministry.  In January of 2019, Coach Sayles accepted a new position as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach/ Associate Athletic Director for Sport Ministry at Grove City College, an NCAA Div. III institution in Grove City, PA. Prior to this position, Coach Sayles served for 8 years as Head Coach at Gardner-Webb University, an NCAA Div. I institution in Boiling Springs, NC.

While at GWU, his teams have accomplished the following:

  • GWU Volleyball Wins leader in NCAA Div. I completion.
  • Teams set records for most overall wins, most conference wins, highest conference finish.
  • Teams have reset virtually all GWU Div. 1 team records during his tenure.
  • Teams have won 7 consecutive AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Academic Team Awards.
  • Teams have won 4 consecutive Big South Conference Sportsmanship Awards.

Coach Leo Sayles has also led successful sports camps for over 20 years in volleyball, basketball, and/or track.   He is available as a speaker for school chapels, spiritual life conferences, school/youth retreats, Christian leadership training, athletic department leadership training, teacher in-service, Sunday services.

Coach Leo Sayles Clapping and coaching.
Coach Leo Sayles coaching his team during a match.