Joe Heskett is a man of faith, a dedicated family man, and father of three incredible children. In just a matter of days Joe went from one of the top wrestlers in the world to fighting for his life. Just 5 days after wrestling in the World Championships in Baku Azerbaijain, Joe unexpectedly went into sudden cardiac arrest and truly outlasted the toughest opponent he had ever faced, death.   

The doctors relayed to Joe that he had been born with a rare and often fatal heart condition. They also reiterated how fortunate he was to be alive telling him that he had less than a 2% chance to live. Contrary to the statistics, Joe was blessed with a second chance at life, a chance to embrace each breath granted to him, and a chance to follow his passion to teach, coach, consult, and develop others. Highly competitive, introspective, and inspirational Joe founded h Leadership.

Raised by his grandmother, Joe never knew his father and at 10 years of age he witnessed his mothers life succumb to the ugly realities of drugs and alcohol. His grandmother, Evelyn, got Joe into sports at the age of 6, but she emphasized that if his academics were not right, then sport would not happen. Through the love, support, and guidance of his grandmother and other positive mentors, coaches, and influencers, Joe embraced being the best athlete, academic, and person possible. He is the first to note that his journey is not about perfection, perfection is not possible nor is a goal, but more about understanding ones self, goal identification, and the conviction to challenge ourselves daily to become better. 

Joe is a rare combination of world class athletic talent, elite coach and teacher, scholar, and owns an unmatched passion for leadership and the  personal development of others. What separates Joe Heskett from many others is his humility and his understanding of team. An intellectual at heart, Joe will be the first to admit that h Leadership is not about him, it is about a team. It has been with great intent and through the combination of both faith and preparation, that a world class team of leadership professionals has been assembled to help you achieve your desired results. Welcome to h Leadership! 

“I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to wake up each morning and positively impact and change lives. h Leadership is more than just inspiration and motivation, h is about instilling personal belief and perspective into others through the invaluable process of introspection. By investing in our “how” we can work to become the ideal version of ourselves.”

- Joe Heskett  

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The Story Behind h Leadership.   


Folk Style Highlights

  • 3x Ohio High School State Champion (Walsh Jesuit High School)
  • 2x Ohio High School Outstanding Wrestler (H.S. career record 150-11)
  • High School National Champion 
  • High School National Championships Outstanding Wrestler 
  • 3x Big 12 Champion (Iowa State University)
  • 4x NCAA All-American
  • NCAA Champion (Collegiate career Record 143-9)

Free Style Highlights 

  • Cadet World Team Trials Champion
  • Cadet World Championships Bronze Medalist
  • Junior National Champion
  • 2x University National Champion
  • 5x U.S. National Team Member 
  • U.S. Pan American Games Silver Medal 
  • U.S. Open Champion
  • World Team Trials Champion 
  • 5th World Championships
  • Retired as the #1 man for the United States Olympic Team 

Academic and Professional Highlights

  • 4x NCAA Academic All-American
  • B.S. Speech Communications - Iowa State University 
  • M.A. Educational Leadership - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Ed.D. Coaching and Teaching Education - West Virginia University (estimated graduation date is Spring 18') 
  • Adjunct Professor - West Virginia University (College of Physical Activity and Social Sciences)
  • Assistant Wrestling Coach and Chief Recruiter - The Ohio State University 
  • Head Wrestling Coach - United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Associate Athletics Director for Sports Performance - West Virginia University 
  • Founder and CEO of Unified Gear (

 The Introspective Process 

Who is Joe Heskett?  

Our Commitment

World Championships vs. Iran