Tony Legando is a team builder and a captivating motivational speaker. 

He is a program builder who architects the plans for successful achievement by branding the cause, creating the inspirational motto, and then dishing up the fuel of motivation.


  • Recipient of  Erie County’s Aiding Children’s Excellence (ACE) Award in recognition of outstanding service for area children
  • Co-founder and facilitator for Lead Like a Panther, a powerful leadership experience created for recognized leaders in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 at Sandusky Central Catholic
  • Founder of First-Step, a leadership program for 4th-grade students. Partnering with area service groups, individuals, and businesses, Tony and his wife Sandy gift two books he authored–Fables for Yong Leaders, the First Step, and Journal for Young Leaders–to students in over 20 schools in North Central Ohio
  • Multi-awarded and recognized high school football coach
  • National Football Foundation Hall of Fame
  • OHSFCA Sportmanship, Ethics, Integrity Award
  • Leader in multiple youth development programs
  • Accomplished fundraiser supporting benevolent programs from the field to the heart of the community and capital enrichment programs
  • Fueled the spirit of many community programs to accomplish their goals

The Buzz About Tony

“Incredibly insightful, inspirational, and impactful! Tony’s words reflect a lifetime of leadership, character, and grit. His significant legacy will live on through these stories, in addition to the endless amount of lives he has touched along the way—all enabling him to share his seasoned wisdom with us!”

Megan Casselberry

Advancement Director, Teen Leadership Corps

“His speeches inspire us. Not just to tears, but to act!!!”

Alicia Roshong

Attorney & Player Parent

“As a beloved elementary school teacher and highly-successful varsity football coach, Tony Legando has profoundly impacted the lives of literally thousands of young people with lessons on life and leadership. With To Lead a Good Life, Coach Legando has now expanded his classroom and locker room to impart those much-needed lessons on anyone fortunate enough to get their hands on his book.”

Ty Roth

Author, Random House