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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What People Say About Ordering Our Steps Book 2
“In this engaging, comprehensive, and highly useful devotional, Coach Sayles has equipped athletes, coaches, and anyone else looking for a reliable guide through the treasures of biblical truth. It is packed with Scripture, focused on the gospel, and infused with the warm encouragements of a seasoned pastor and coach. Your soul is in for a treat.”
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What People Say About Ordering Our Steps Book 1
“In my years as the editor of Sharing the Victory magazine (now FCA Magazine), I was always looking for quality content that we could share through our ministry’s daily Impact Play devotion. Leo Sayles was one of our finest contributors. As a coach himself, he truly understood the competitive mindset and how to turn athletic situations into spiritual and life lessons. Whenever I saw that Leo had sent a new devotion, I knew it would be one worth sharing immediately. I’m thankful for his gift of writing that corresponds with his gift of coaching and hope that each devotion in this book brings new insight and blessing to the lives of the readers.”
“I worked closely with Coach Sayles for three years when he was coaching volleyball and I was coaching women’s basketball at a college. Not only is the content in this book insightful and inspiring but I know it is genuine from being around him. Coach Sayles is a class-act, who loves the Lord. He has a sincere desire to see people transformed. This book is a must-own for anyone that desires to walk closer with the Lord.”
In the pages of this devotional book, Leo Sayles has provided readers wisdom, encouragement, and challenges all at the same time. His personal stories, along with relevant scripture, are inspirational and enjoyable for Christians seeking to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
Coach Sayles has found that perfect balance of simple yet powerful with this book. The stories he shares are ones we can all relate to, and the way he ties it into Biblical lessons is impeccable. This book has become part of my daily routine and I imagine it will be that way for many years to come.
Outstanding book! Great stories that relate sport and our relationship with God. I liked the questions after each devotion that provoked thoughtful consideration and application. As I’m blessed to know the author personally, I know that the themes and messages written in the book are not only believed by Leo, but lived out on a daily basis. I’ve benefitted for years by spending time with him and getting to know his heart, and I’m thrilled that everyone that reads this book can be positively impacted as well.
“I made a mistake in reading Coach Sayles’ book…Reading his words was certainly no mistake, but trying to read something this deep and inspired all at once was like trying to drink from a fire hose! With so many wonderful ideas and challenging thoughts, this is a book that should be taken in daily bites with note pad in hand. If you are involved in sports and/or the mentoring of people, you owe it to your own growth and development to allow God to work on your heart through this book. I have no doubt that I will be going back through these devotions multiple times and look forward to applying and passing on these vital messages!” ,
Ordering Our Steps is a perfect devotional for any coach teacher or Christian who just wants to grow in their walk with Christ. As a leader we also have to be a reader and this book is full of great illustrations and challenges to make us a better leader.
As the Director of the NACA I see coaches annually that are thirsty for someone to pour into them, so they can adequately pour into their athletes. Coach Leo Sayles has given coaches a devotional book that will feed them spiritually. His gifting in using sport as a platform to promote the gospel and spiritual growth will encourage coaches everywhere and better help them disciple their athletes.
I’ve seen first hand the leadership and Christian example of Leo Sayles as a coach and family man. His faith orders every part of his life. In this devotional, Leo shares practical spiritual lessons coaches, athletes and many others can grow from and enjoy.
“Leo Sayles book “Ordering Our Steps” is one of the best devotional books I have read in a long time and it is not only applicable to athletes and coaches but to every Christian with their walk with our Lord. I highly recommend Leo’s book for any person searching for God’s will for their life!
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.