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Jim Tressel


James Patrick Tressel

Inducted 2015

Date of Birth



Mentor, OH


Ohio State University (2001-2010)

Youngstown State University (1986-2000)


One of the greatest coaches in the history of the state of Ohio, Jim Tressel brought five national titles to the state, becoming the first head coach to win a national title at both levels of Division I college football. Tressel served as head coach at Youngstown State from 1986-2000, leading the Penguins to ten postseason berths in 15 seasons and four FCS national championships in six appearances in the title game. Boasting the most wins of any FCS coach in the 1990s, Tressel led Youngstown State to the 1987 Ohio Valley Conference title, and he was named OVC Coach of the Year. He was also a two-time AFCA National Coach of the Year and the 1994 FCS Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year while with the Penguins. Tressel became the head coach at Ohio State in 2001, and he led the Buckeyes to the BCS National Championship a year later, with subsequent appearances in the championship game following the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He led Ohio State to national rankings every season, including seven finishes in the top five, and at least a share of six Big Ten titles. During his time in Columbus, Ohio, Tressel received the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, the Bear Bryant Award and FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year honors. During his career, Tressel coached ten national major award winners, including 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, as well as 73 First Team All-America and 80 first team all-conference selections. The Berea, Ohio, native also coached seven Academic All-American athletes and three NFF National Scholar-Athletes. Tressel was a first team all-conference quarterback at Baldwin-Wallace, where he played for his father, College Football Hall of Fame coach Lee Tressel. A member of the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame, he is also enshrined in the Greater Cleveland Sports and Baldwin-Wallace Athletics Halls of Fame. After his coaching days, Tressel served as a consultant for the Indianapolis Colts and as Vice President of Strategic Engagement for the University of Akron before becoming president at Youngstown State University.


Wins 241

Losses 79

Ties 2

Career Highlights

  • 2002 AFCA, FWAA & Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year
  • 1997 AFCA District Coach of the Year
  • 1994 AFCA National & District Coach of the Year
  • 1993 AFCA District Coach of the Year
  • 1991 AFCA National & District Coach of the Year
  • 1987 Conference Coach of the Year
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