William Larry Sayles


Larry’s passion about sports was formed early thanks to his Dad who was the President of the National Little League of Ottumwa, Iowa and living one block from the Ottumwa High School Football Stadium. When playing wasn’t meant to be and with the love of sports and the passion for helping athletes, he was guided to the Athletic Training Program at the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Larry was well-known for his leadership and passion for athletic training.

Upon graduation from the University of Iowa in 1977, he was hired by the Harlem Globetrotters as the Head Athletic Trainer. He was so loved by the team and organization that along with being their athletic trainer, he became part of the show.

Larry moved to Milwaukee, WI and was named the Head Athletic Trainer for the Milwaukee Wave Soccer Team in 1984. He passionately continued in that role along with a wide variety of duties for the organization for 30 years. He has been awarded the 2004 Aircast MISL Athletic Trainer of the Year, the 2012 Wisconsin Soccer Association Meritorious Award and the 2013 UW-Milwaukee John Ochsenwald Outstanding ACI Award.

Larry’s philosophy has been to not only treat the athlete physically but mentally for their life long well-being, which has resulted in the utmost of respect from his peers, student athletes, professional athletes, and student athletic trainers whom he has most enjoyed the opportunity and privilege of mentoring.

Larry lives in Greenfield, Wisconsin with his wife, Kathy, son, Brian, and daughter, Mary.