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Jim Tressel announced as speaker at 2022 GCAA and WGCA National Conventions

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel will speak at the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Conventions on Monday, December 5 in Las Vegas.

Prior to becoming Youngstown State’s ninth President, Tressel spent 15 years as the school’s head football coach. Youngstown State appeared in the playoffs 10 times during that time and won four National Championships. In 2001, Tressel became the head football coach at The Ohio State University. In 10 seasons, he guided the Buckeyes to the 2002 National Championship and seven Big Ten Championships. After leaving Ohio State, Tressel served as Executive Vice President for Student Success at the University of Akron before returning to Youngstown State in 2014.

During his career, Tressel has earned many coaching accolades, including Chevrolet National Coach of the Year, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, the American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year, and the Sporting News National Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. At Youngtown State, he received the Heritage Award in 2008 and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Under Tressel’s leadership, Youngstown State enrollment increased for the first time in five years, the academic quality of freshmen classes has continued upward, student retention is up and the university has solidly focused on student success - graduating on time, with little or no debt and with a job or plans for further education. In addition, the university is hitting record fund-raising levels, keeping the lid on tuition costs, expanding scholarship opportunities, and increasing both university and private housing options across campus.

Tressel has published two books, has given hundreds of presentations and lectures across the country, and has had extensive involvement in fundraising and philanthropy, including the recent $1 million gift to create the Jim and Ellen Tressel Student Work Opportunity Endowment Fund at Youngstown State.