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E147: Jim Tressel – National Title Winning Coach to President of YSU



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Jim Tressel is currently the president of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Before becoming an administrator, he was the head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins and later the Ohio State Buckeyes in a career that spanned from 1986 until 2010. Tressel’s teams earned several national championships during the course of his career, earning him numerous accolades. He was born in Mentor, Ohio and attended Baldwin–Wallace College, where he played football as quarterback under his father, Lee Tressel. He was hired by Ohio State before the start of the 2001 season to replace John Cooper. During his tenure as Ohio State’s 22nd head football coach, his teams competed in three BCS National Championship Games, and his 2002 squad won a national title, achieving the first 14–0 season record in major college football since 1897 Penn Quakers.

He resigned from coaching at OSU in May 2011 and finished his career at Ohio State with an official overall record of 94–22 (.810), including six Big Ten Conference championships, a 5–4 bowl record, a 4–3 mark in BCS bowl games, and an 8–1 record against the arch-rival Michigan Wolverines. His eight wins against Michigan place him second in school history to Woody Hayes, who had 16, and he is the only Ohio State head coach to win seven consecutive games against the Wolverines. Tressel’s success as a head coach led to him being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Follow him on Twitter @JimTressel5

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