YOUNGSTOWN — Trustees at Youngstown State University voted Friday to offer the president’s job to former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who started his college coaching career there.
The Youngstown State appointment will not be official until a contract is signed, school spokesman Ron Cole said. The board chairman and vice chairman were authorized to begin negotiations.
Tressel, who has been an administrator at the University of Akron for two years, said he looks forward to building on Youngstown State’s success.
“We are honored and privileged to accept the board’s offer and we are humbled by this opportunity to return to the area and school that we deeply love,” Tressel said in a written statement with his wife.
Tressel became a popular figure in the area while coaching Youngstown State’s football team from 1986 to 2000, a run that included four Division I-AA national titles, and serving as the Penguins’ athletic director for part of that time.