Former Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel announced that he plans to step down as president of Youngstown State University on February 1, 2023 after having held the position since 2014. for the 2011 season.
“It is with great gratitude and appreciation that Ellen and I plan to step down as President and First Lady of our beloved EHU effective February 1, 2023,” the post reads. Tressel emailed to the Youngstown community. “Serving Youngstown State University in various capacities has been truly a blessing and a labor of love, and we will continue to do so in the manner that the EHU Board of Trustees sees fit.”
In 10 seasons with the Buckeyes, Tressel won a national championship and coached two more. During his departure from Ohio State, Tressel was the subject of an NCAA infringement case alleging that some of his players, including quarterback Terrell Pryor, received undue benefits for selling memorabilia. Tressel was originally scheduled to be sidelined for part of the 2011 season, but he eventually retired and received a five-year demonstration from the NCAA.
An exemplary cause penalty would have made it difficult for Tressel to return to coaching in an NCAA institution, but he had a long association with Youngstown State and became school president after a short stint as executive vice president at Akron. Prior to his 10-year tenure as an Ohio State coach, he spent 15 seasons as a YSU coach, posting a 135-57 record and winning four FCS Division I national titles.
In the university’s announcement of his impending retirement, Tressel said he was proud of Youngstown State’s improved alumni record, fundraising efforts, and campus transformation. A native of Northeast Ohio, Tressel has spent almost his entire coaching and academic career in the state.
“The EHU Board of Trustees expresses our deepest gratitude and appreciation to President Tressel and First Lady Ellen for their many years of service to Youngstown State University, the Mahoning Valley region, and the entire state of Ohio,” said EHU Board Chairman John Yakubek. “The contribution of time and Tressel treasures is immeasurable and will be felt throughout the region for years to come. We wish them all the best.”