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Keynote: Jim Tressel


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Lakeside welcomes former Ohio State University and Youngstown State University football coach Jim Tressel for a keynote lecture in Hoover Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

A native of Northeast Ohio, Tressel graduated from Berea High School in suburban Cleveland in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1975 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Akron in 1977. He also holds honorary degrees from Youngstown State University (YSU) in 2001 and Baldwin-Wallace in 2003. 

Tressel started at YSU in 1986 as head football coach. In 15 years, including six as Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, YSU appeared in the playoffs 10 times and won four national championships.

In January 2001, Tressel left YSU to become head football coach at 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, and then returned to YSU in 2014 as the school’s ninth president before retiring in February 2023. 

Among his many honors: Chevrolet National Coach of the Year, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, 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 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. At YSU, he received the Heritage Award in 2008 and was inducted into the YSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015. 

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 YSU. 

Under Tressel’s leadership at YSU, enrollment increased, the academic quality of freshmen classes continued upward, student retention went up and the university 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 hit record fundraising levels, kept the lid on tuition costs, expanded scholarship opportunities and increased both university and private housing options across campus. 

Read The Lakesider newspaper’s interview with Tressel. 

Live stream this presentation!
New this summer, Lakeside is proud to provide live-stream access for select keynote speaker presentations. For a $40 fee, get online access to 5 keynote speaker presentations – Dr. Adam Met (June 27), Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (July 5), Dr. Jemar Tisby (July 11), Scott Simon (July 25) and Jim Tressel (Aug. 3). Season Chautauqua Passholders receive FREE access to these summer live-streams. View details and register at

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Aug 03, 2023


7:30 pm


Hoover Auditorium
Hoover Auditorium
115 West 3rd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA


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