VOLLEYBALL
Record: 31-17 Home: 9-0 Away: 10-5 Neutral: 12-12 AAC: 15-1
 
 
2009 Volleyball Coaches
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John Miller
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Johnny Miller enters his second season as the assistant coach for the women's volleyball program at Bryan College.  A 2008 graduate of Bryan College, Miller brings experience both as a student assistant coach and a summer camp clinician to the staff of the women's volleyball program.  Coach Miller began his volleyball career as the team manager his freshman year at Bryan and was quickly elevated to student assistant coach after one season.  "I never got the opportunity to play on an organized men's team growing up," said Miller, "so being able to be involved right away as a freshman was huge for me."  Coach Miller eagerly accepted the responsibilities of being a student assistant coach and really strived to become a student of the game.  "I'll never forget when Coach Sayles sat me down and told me that he could see me as a head college coach one day if I really wanted it," commented Miller.  He embraced that vision and began his volleyball career by accepting the assistant coach position at Bryan in the spring of 2008.  
 
Coach Miller also heads up Bryan's Junior Varsity Squad.  Last year the team posted a season best 10-1 record while only dropping three sets.  "To have that kind of record my first season is unprecedented, and I am very humbled to have been part of such a great team," said Miller.  The Lady Lions have had a remarkable turnaround in the last five seasons, becoming a top conference contender each of the last three seasons.  Coach Miller looks forward to another season at Bryan, to not only vie for the conference title, but also to grow as a team and strive to push one another to levels they never thought were possible.  
 
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Julie Barnett
Manager
Age: 20
 
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
 
Year: Junior
 
Major: Christian Ministry
 
High School: Homeschool
 
Favorite Athlete: Kerri Walsh
 
Other Interests or Hobbies: drawing, reading, and listening to music
 
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Leo Sayles
Head Coach - 6th Season

Leo Sayles begins his 6th season at the helm for the 2009 season. He has guided the Lions to elite status in five seasons.  On November 15, 2008, he attained his 100th collegiate victory (overall record 100-79). The past three seasons he led the Lions to a 45-9 conference record and their first consecutive 20+ win seasons in the history of the program. His 2008 team was 27-9, finishing #6 in the final NCCAA national rankings, and 2nd in the AAC. The Lions were 2007 AAC and Region XII Tourney finalists, and advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time in school history (24-17, 15-3 in AAC). The 2006 team finished the regular season as the AAC #2 team with a 27-12 overall record (14-4 conference).  Coach Sayles was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for his accomplishments in 2006. 

Coach Sayles begins his 20th season as a volleyball coach at the high school, club, or college level. In his five seasons at Bryan, he has produced 2 NCCAA All-Americans, an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, 15 All-Region, 14 All-conference, 4 AAC All-Freshman and 19 AAC Scholar-Athletes.  His teams won the AAC Champions of Character Award in 2004 and 2006, and were recognized with AVCA Academic Team Awards in 2005 and 2009.  The team received a NAIA Scholar-Team Award in 2009 as well.  The overall average GPA since 2004 is a 3.3.

Coach Sayles' high school girls' teams were ranked in the top 20 in California, and as high as #5 in Connecticut. His boys' teams advanced to the final four in Connecticut his final two seasons there. He has a number of high school conference championships and personal awards to his credit. During is 10 yrs. as a teacher, he received several awards, including the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth - Teacher Recognition award, the East Hartford School-Business Partnership Staff-Volunteer award, and the first East Hartford National Honor Society "Light Of Our Lives" award.  He has won conference/regional championships in basketball, track, and soccer as well.

Sayles is an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and currently serves on the AVCA-NAIA Head Coaches Executive Committee and as the AAC Conference Volleyball Chair. He has served on Regional and State Executive Boards for FCA.  His devotions have been featured on FCA's IMPACT daily email devotions, and he was featured in a 2007 article in FCA's "Sharing the Victory Magazine."  Sayles is a licensed minister and teaches at a local church in Dayton.
 
Coach Sayles resides in Dayton with his wife of 19 years, Tanya, and their five children: Benjamin, Faith, Jonathan, Nathaniel, and Anna Rose.