Jim Tressel is an American college football coach and university administrator who is currently the president of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Before becoming an administrator, Tressel was the head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins and later the Ohio State Buckeyes in a career that spanned from 1986 until 2010. Furthermore, Tressel’s teams earned several national championships during the course of his career, earning him numerous accolades.
Tressel was born on December 5, 1952 in Mentor, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. His father, Lee Tressel, was the coach at Mentor’s high school. After a 34-game winning streak at Mentor, Lee was hired as head football coach for Baldwin–Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Additionally, Baldwin–Wallace won the 1978 NCAA Division III National Championship under Tressel’s father. Tressel attended many of his father’s games and practices, and developed a friendship with neighbor (and former Cleveland Browns player) Lou Groza. Moreover, Tressel’s mother Eloise Tressel worked as the athletic historian at Baldwin–Wallace while his father was the head coach.
After graduating from Berea High School in 1971, Tressel played quarterback under his father at Baldwin–Wallace. Likewise, as quarterback, he earned four varsity letters and won all-conference honors as a senior in 1974. Basically, Tressel also joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity while attending Baldwin–Wallace. In 1975, Tressel graduated from Baldwin–Wallace with a bachelor’s degree in education.
Tressel and his wife Ellen, a Youngstown State graduate, are actively involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, the OSU Thompson Libraries and The Ohio State University Medical Center, particularly the James Cancer Center. Tressel has three children from a prior marriage: Zak, Carlee, and Whitney; Ellen has one, Eric. Moreover, he currently lives in the Youngstown, Ohio area. Tressel sold his former home in Upper Arlington, Ohio to Robert “Bobby” Layman, a Columbus-area Chevrolet dealer. Moreover, Jim’s brother, Dick Tressel, served as his running backs coach at Ohio State for seven seasons after serving as the head coach at Hamline University for 23 seasons. Dick’s son, and Jim’s nephew, is Mike Tressel, the defensive coordinator at Michigan State.
After graduating from Baldwin Wallace, Tressel became a graduate assistant at the University of Akron. He coached the quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs, while earning a master’s degree in education. Since 1978, he left to become quarterbacks and receivers coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Further, by 1981, he had left to become the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse.
Since 1983, he was hired at Ohio State to be the quarterbacks and receivers coach. Similarly, that year, OSU had a 9–3 record, including a 28–23 victory over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl; a 39-yard pass from quarterback Mike Tomczak to wide receiver Thad Jemison clinched the win with 39 seconds remaining in the game. Since 1984, he was given the added responsibility of coaching the running backs. Likewise, that year, the team became Big Ten champs, played in the Rose Bowl, and tailback Keith Byars finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. In 1985, OSU defeated BYU in the Citrus Bowl.
Administrative career in University of Akron
On February 2, 2012, Tressel accepted a non-athletic-department position where he started his coaching career, the University of Akron. His title was Vice President of Strategic Engagement.
- Full Name: James Patrick Tressel
- Date of Birth: December 5, 1952
- Age: 66
- Birth Place: Mentor, Ohio, U.S.
- Bowls: 5–4
- Nationality: American
- Height: N/A
- Weight: N/A
- Spouse: Ellen Tressel (since m. 1999)
- Children: Zak Tressel, Carlee Tressel, Eric Tressel, Whitney Tressel
- Education: The University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea High School
- Salary: $3.5 Million
- Net Worth: $18 Million
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