Alex Kuznia was born on May 16th, 1989 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is the son of Bill and Carol Kuznia. His family includes his sister, Elizabeth, a 2005 graduate of Sacred Heart and his brother, Jordan, a 2012 graduate of Sacred Heart.
Alex graduated from Sacred Heart in 2007 and participated in football, basketball, and track during his high school career. He excelled on both the football field and the basketball court where he earned four letters in each sport. Alex made the all-conference team twice in both football and basketball, and as a senior, he was named the “KNOX Radio Male Athlete of the Year.”
During the 2006 football season, Alex had four games where he broke the 200-yard rushing mark, scored 11 touchdowns, and set a school-record for rushing with 1,338 yards. He was named to the Minnesota 9-Man all-state football team and won The Exponent’s “Fall Athlete of the Year” award. Former football coach, Dave Aker, commented on Alex and his athletic abilities on the football field by saying, “Alex could do it all! He was a powerful runner and anybody who got in his way paid the price. He not only scored often on the ground, but he also did it on kickoffs, receiving, and by interceptions on defense. More importantly, Alex was a student of the game and his head enhanced his awesome physical talents. He demonstrated a great love of sports and was a great role model, helping the younger players love the game. He was a great example of what it meant to be a Sacred Heart Eagle.”
In basketball, Alex finished his career as the #2-ranked scorer in the history of Sacred Heart with 1,148 career points. He had a big senior year in 2006-2007 as he led the team in almost every statistical category. He averaged 21.0 points per game, but also possessed great passing skills. Former basketball coach Jonathon Vonesh summed up Alex and his contributions to the basketball team by saying, “Alex was a go-to player, the guy you wanted to have the ball at crunch time. He could hurt you out of a set offense, but he was an even better creator on offense by reading what was happening on the court. Many times, he was found working relentlessly on his game, even sometimes as a school dance was taking place on a Saturday night. When others were dancing, he was doing his own dance in the gym while building his skills. It was a pleasure to coach this young man and watch him grow.”
Over the course of his high school career, Alex played a major role on the football and basketball teams. He was a fierce and talented competitor, but he had a humble and gracious attitude. Alex had the desire to not only make himself better, but to also make those around him better.