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Jim Tressel


Jim Tressel, OSU Football Head Coach

Jim Tressel, OSU Football Head Coach

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James Patrick Tressel, born in Mentor Ohio and educated at Berea's Baldwin-Wallace College, has been the head coach of the Ohio State University football team since 2001. Tressel, whose previous coaching jobs include stints at the University of Akron, Miami University, and Youngstown State University, has a career winning percentage of over 73%.

Early Life:

Jim Tressel was born in the Lake County community of Mentor and graduated from Berea High School, where his father, Lee was head coach of the Baldwin Wallace College football team.

College Career:

Coach Tressel graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 1975. While there he played quarterback for his father on the B-W football team, earning all-conference honors his senior year.

Early Coaching Jobs:

After graduating from college, Jim Tressel was a graduate assistant at the University of Akron, where he helped coach quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs. After that, he was an assistant coach at Miami University (Ohio), Syracuse State, and Ohio State (under Earle Bruce).

In 1986, he was named head football coach at Youngstown State University. During his 15 seasons there, the team captured four national (Division I-AA) championships and appeared in two other post-season championship games. Tressel was also picked four times as Division I-AA Coach of the Year.

Jim Tressel at Ohio State:

Jim Tressel was named the head coach for the Ohio State University football team in January of 2001. Since that time he has led the team to a national championship, three Big Ten titles, and four victories in five bowl appearances. His record at OSU is 73-15 (83%), the second best record in the school's history.


Coach Tressel is married to the former Ellen Watson, whom he met while at Youngstown State University. The couple has raised four children: daughters Carlee and Whitney and sons Zak and Eric.


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