- Winning Culture
- Leading by Following
- Coaching Champions
- Leadership Strategy
- Never Quit Attitude
- Mental Health & PTSD
- Team Building Expert
- Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army
- 3x State Champ Basketball Coach
- Division 1 College Basketball MVP
- West Point Graduate & Basketball Player
Coach Babe Kwasniak is unmatched in his ability to instill a winning spirit, and rightfully so, he developed his own early on. As the son of a legendary high school basketball coach in Cleveland, it was there that he learned the importance of building high performing teams with sound leadership. Consequently, the United States Military Academy expressed interest in him for its Division 1 basketball team. Despite his guidance counselor’s lack of belief that he was West Point material, Babe not only got in, but he graduated with honors in 1999. At 5’11 and a mere 160 pounds he was a two year captain and most valuable player of the Army Basketball Team.
While serving with distinction as an Infantry Officer, Captain Kwasniak affectionately dubbed the United States Army the “greatest team in the world”. Although he decided to pursue new challenges outside the Army after his service commitment, Captain Kwasniak’s sentiment about the Army never left him. In fact, he yearned for it until, 16 years later, he was reunited with the service by being sworn in as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) in the State of Ohio. At age 43, Babe was the youngest CASA in the Nation’s history.
Between the Army and his current role as the CASA, Babe continued his legacy of building elite teams. He broke into the medical sales profession with neither sales, nor medical experience. While working for the Nation’s leading anatomic pathology provider, Babe won multiple awards including Rookie of the Year and Sales Director of the Year. In multiple years as a territory manager, responsible for an excess of 37 million dollars, he achieved a ranking within the top 5% of salespeople.
Arguably the best part of his run as a leader teams came as the head basketball coach at his high school alma mater, Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School. His 10-year run included an incredible 184 wins and three Ohio State Championship titles. Furthermore, he lead the Vikings to a record setting five straight title games and amassed a 48-6 record in the state tournament. Though his numbers are impressive, Coach Kwasniak places the most value in learning how youth sports plays a priceless role in the development of young leaders.
Ever the servant leader, Babe leverages his experience as an Army Veteran and as the current CASA to bring awareness to the alarming veteran suicide rate. An admitted PTSD and suicide survivor, Babe speaks passionately about saving veterans from making the same mistakes he made. He has spoken on stages around the County and on numerous podcast, radio, and television shows to highlight the value that veterans have in our society. Babe’s endless energy and passion for veterans is summed up in his mantra: “One at a time.”