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Jim Tressel has already won one National Championship and been named National Coach of the year in his brief coaching career at Ohio State.

Jim Tressel is in his sixth season as the head football coach at Ohio State. His stellar resume with the Buckeyes includes an overall record of 50-13, a National Championship, two Big Ten co-championships, a 19-game winning streak, National Coach of the Year honors, five bowl appearances, three victories in as many tries in BCS games and three top-five finishes in the national polls.

Tressel, who owns an overall record of 185-70-2 in 20 years as a head coach, was named as the Buckeyes' 22nd head coach on Jan. 18, 2001. His original five-year contract was extended through 2008 following the 2002 season, and he was given a new five-year contract at the end of the 2005 campaign that runs through 2012.

 

In 2002, Ohio State literally came from out of nowhere to capture the Big Ten's, first consensus national title since 1968. The Buckeyes achieved the elusive title by posting a 13-0 regular-season record and then upsetting top-ranked Miami in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in a 31-24 double-overtime thriller, becoming the first Division I-A school to record a 14-0 campaign.

 

Tressel was showered with accolades following the 2002 campaign. He was named National Coach of the Year by the America Football Coaches Association (an award he won three times at Division I-AA Youngstown State), thus becoming the first person in the history of the AFCA to win that honor at two different schools. He also received the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award from the Football Writers Association of America. Additionally, Tressel was selected as the Bobby Dodd and the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year. He also was the choice of the Touchdown Club of Columbus and the Pigskin Club of Washington D.C. as National Coach of the Year.

 

Tressel spent 15 seasons as the head coach at Youngstown State prior to coming to Ohio State. His record at Ohio State includes a 30-10 ledger in Big Ten play. With a 35-6 win at Indiana in 2003, Tressel went 100 games over .500 in terms of wins and losses.

Tressel was selected as National Coach of the Year in 1991, '93, '94 and '97. When he left Youngstown State, he was the second-most successful coach in school history, trailing only Dwight "Dike" Beede, who amassed 147 wins in a 32-year span.

Equally impressive was the showing of the Youngstown State team in the classroom, where during his last two years a total of 67 players achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or better during the fall semester.

Tressel also was deeply involved in the Youngstown community, taking an active leadership role in a number of key civic issues and working extensively with Ronald McDonald's Children's Charities and the Salvation Army. His genuine concern for the people of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley area made him a community icon.

Tressel's coaching staff reflects his personality and shares his beliefs and values. It is a diverse group with a wide range of coaching experience and expertise. More than anything else, however, it is a group dedicated to the well-being of Ohio State's student-athletes.

Tressel was born in Mentor, Ohio, where his father reeled off 34-consecutive wins as a high school coach before becoming the head coach at Massillon High School. But he spent most of his childhood in Berea, more often than not accompanying his father to football practices and games at Baldwin Wallace.

Tressel graduated from Berea High School in 1971. He played for his father at Baldwin Wallace, earning four letters at quarterback and winning all-conference honors as a senior in 1974. He graduated cum laude in 1975 with a degree in education.

Tressel's list of accolades includes being selected as the Chevrolet National Coach of the Year in 1993, '94 and '97; the American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1991, '94 and 2002; and the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2002. He also was the AFCA's Regional Coach of the Year in 1987 and '93 and a six-time pick as Ohio Coach of the Year.

Jim is actively involved with the American Football Coaches Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and The Ohio State University Medical Center, particularly the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital; and the William Oxley Thompson Library


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