After graduating from Garfield in 1939 Babe mixed up the next few years between the service and Akron U where football was still his first love. After Garfield High's head coach, Earl Wright, passed away in 1949 Babe, an assistant coach, took over the reins. During his years as head coach of the Rams his teams won 175 games, lost 63 and tied 8 - a winning percentage of .728. His teams appeared in 16 City Championships, winning 12 titles from 1951 through 1973. Included among his honors are three times Summit County Coach of the Year, the Dapper Dan Man of the year, Akron Coached Association Master Coach Award and head coach in the annual North-South game.