Jim Tressel to Step Down As Youngstown State President in 2023

By Dan Hope on June 22, 2022 at 9:01 pm
Jim Tressel
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Jim Tressel’s tenure as Youngstown State’s president will end early next year.

The former Ohio State football coach announced Wednesday that he will step down as the leader of Youngstown State University on Feb. 1, 2023.

“It has been truly a blessing and labor of love to serve Youngstown State University ... I cannot thank my family enough for allowing my schedule, and the needs of our university, to take priority and center stage,” Tressel said. “It is now only fair to have Ellen (his wife), our wonderful children and grandchildren, extended family, friends and former students, set the schedule.”

Tressel has been Youngstown State’s president since 2014, three years after he resigned as the football coach at Ohio State, where he went 106-22 and led the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship along with seven Big Ten championships in only 10 seasons.

Tressel, who is set to turn 70 later this year, was previously the head football coach at Youngstown State from 1986-2000. In an email sent to Youngstown State students Wednesday, Tressel said he and his wife plan to remain involved in the YSU community.

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