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Babe Kwasniak

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Coach Babe Kwasniak on winning the mental health battle by connecting with others

Relentlessly Resilient Podcast

As a state champion basketball coach, West Point Graduate, and Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, you would think Babe Kwaskniak’s success would mean a relatively worry-free existence. In reality, as with many others, he struggles with feelings of depression, mental health issues, and is a suicide attempt survivor. In this episode of the Relentlisly Resilient podcast, Coach Kwaskniak joins our hosts to discuss how opening up about this mental health journey has helped him reach others in the same dark place he was. He emphasizes the lesson of being honest about struggles and reaching out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help. He knows as we connect with others, sufferers can gain the support to fight, and win, the daily battles against the great opponent that is depression.  Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward.  Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at kslpodcasts.com, kslnewsradio.com, or on the KSL App. Join the Resiliences conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


6 Jul 2021

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A Pen And A Napkin-Episode #74 Bob Starkey and Babe Kwasniak

A Pen And A Napkin

In a two-part interview, we have nationally renowed Bob Starkey, the new associate head coach at Auburn University, one of the preeminent assistant coaches in the country. We chat about his experiences with Hall of Famer's Dale Brown, Sue Gunter and Gary Blair, being the coach of TWO #1 overall draft picks from different genders, coaching Shaquillle O'Neal, his friendship with Don Meyer and "The Art of . . ." coaching series. In the second half, Babe Kwasniak returns to the pod, where we talk about his year off, lessons learned and how he's going to attack his new job at Cornerstone Christian Academy. A bunch of terrific stuff in this pod!!!

1hr 50mins

10 May 2021

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Babe Kwasniak - Cornerstone Christian Academy (OH) Boys' Basketball Head Coach

Hoop Heads

Babe Kwasniak will be starting his first season as the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Willoughby Hills, Ohio in the fall of 2021. Prior to Cornerstone, Kwas served 10 seasons as the boys varsity basketball coach at his alma mater Villa Angela St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Babe was a three time state champion as a player at VASJ under his father, the coaching legend, Ted Kwasniak. He played division one basketball at West Point where the discipline he learned at home served him well during his time in the army. Upon returning to his alma mater as the boys varsity coach in 2010 Kwas led VASJ to five straight state championship games winning it all in 2013, 2015, and 2017. His father Ted was his assistant throughout his tenure as the leader of the Viking program.  In addition to our usual hoops talk, Kwas speaks candidly about the realness of PTSD, dealing with suicidal thoughts and actions, and shares the real life struggles he has gone through over the years.If you’re looking to improve your coaching please consider joining the Hoop Heads Mentorship Program.  We believe that having a mentor is the best way to maximize your potential and become a transformational coach. By matching you up with one of our experienced mentors you’ll develop a one on one relationship that will help your coaching, your team, your program, and your mindset.  The Hoop Heads Mentorship Program delivers mentoring services to basketball coaches at all levels through our team of experienced Head Coaches. Find out more at hoopheadspod.com or shoot me an email directly mike@hoopheadspod.comOur roster of shows is growing so don’t forget to check out all our other podcasts on the Hoop Heads Pod Network including Thrive with Trevor Huffman, Beyond the Ball, The CoachMays.com Podcast, Player’s Court, Bleachers & Boards, The Green Light, Courtside Culture and our team focused NBA Podcasts: Cavalier Central, Knuck if you Buck, The 305 Culture, #Lakers, Motor City Hoops, X’s and O’s: NBA Breakdown, Spanning the Spurs, LA Hoops, The Wizards Hoops Analyst, Lakers Fast Break & At The Buzzer. We’re looking for more NBA podcasters interested in hosting their own show centered on a particular team. Email us info@hoopheadspod.com if you’re interested in learning more and bringing your talent to our network.Take some notes and listen thoughtfully as we talk with Babe Kwasniak, Boys’ Basketball Head Coach at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.Website - https://ccacornerstone.com/athleticsEmail – babekwas@yahoo.comTwitter - @BabeKwasVisit our Sponsors!Dr. Dish BasketballMention the Hoop Heads Podcast when you place your order and get $300 off a brand new state of the art Dr. Dish Shooting Machine! AryseAs the first exo-performance company, ARYSE makes products that mimic and strengthen the way the body works. Click the link for team pricing.Snap-RaiseSafe, Secure and Powerful Digital Fundraising for Groups and TeamsFast Model SportsUse Code SAVE10 to get 10% off the number one play diagramming software for coachesTwitter Podcast - @hoopheadspodMike - @hdstarthoopsJason - @jsunkleInstagram@hoopheadspodFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hoopheadspod/YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDoVTtvpgwwOVL4QVswqMLQ

1hr 27mins

19 Apr 2021

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Episode 18 - Babe Kwasniak - Former Head Basketball Coach at Villa-Angela St. Joseph HS (Cleveland, Ohio)

Talkin' Hoops: With Coach Jon Cook

Babe Kwasniak currently holds the position of Civilian Aide to the US Secretary of the Army.  He graduated from Cleveland St. Joseph High School in 1994, after winning a State Championship while playing for his father, Tedd Kwasniak.  He then attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, and played four years of varsity basketball.  After a five year service commitment to the Army and a brief but successful career in the business world, Babe returned to Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph HS as the head boys basketball coach.  In 10 seasons at the helm, he led the Vikings to 5 consecutive state title game appearances and won 3 state championships.  He was informed in late February that his contract as the head coach would not be renewed.  In today's episode, Coach Kwasniak tells his story and reflects on his incredibly successful decade coaching at his alma mater.  Please enjoy my visit with Babe Kwasniak.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jon-cook0/support

1hr 11mins

17 Jun 2020

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VASJ's Babe Kwasniak on fighting entitlement, the Ohio AP Poll, and battling against PTSD

The Triple Double Podcast

Corey is joined by Cleveland VASJ head coach Babe Kwasniak for a special Friday edition of the Triple Double Pod, talking about the tradition and long-term success of VASJ (2:00), military duty in coaching (12:00), fighting entitlement (13:15), giving praise for a fellow scout (24:00), fighting back against PTSD (36:00) and much more. This is one of the best episodes to date, and please rate/comment on the podcast if you'd like to hear more!


18 Oct 2019

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On The Bench 3/7 with VASJ's Babe Kwasniak

On The Bench Podcast

Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph Coach Babe Kwasniak joins the podcast to discuss his team's pursuit of a fifth straight state title game appearance, sitting in the chair that once belonged to his father, why he misses tournament doubleheaders and his journey coaching basketball around the world before returning home seven years ago. 


8 Mar 2017