Episode 062: Jim Tressel – Coaching Ohio State: President of Youngstown State: Servant Leadership: #QuietTime

I’ve been fortunate to know Jim Tressel since 2002 when he recruited my younger brother AJ to play football at Ohio State University.  He has always been a phenomenal example of what it means to be a servant leader.  Always calm, composed, and measured in his approach… He’s someone who I admire a great deal.  It was a thrill for me to have this in depth conversation with him.

Jim Tressel a former college football coach who served as head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins from 1986 to 2000 and the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2001 to 2010, winning five national championships between the two schools and 12 “Coach of the Year” awards during his career. He is currently the president of Youngstown State University.

Episode 062: Jim Tressel – Coaching Ohio State: President of Youngstown State: Servant Leadership: #QuietTime

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“It’s not where you’re coaching, but with whom you’re doing it with.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics amongst high achievers?
  • Would you consider going back to coaching football at the collegiate level?
  • What is your relationship like with Urban Meyer?
  • How could colleges better set up student athletes for success post University life?
  • How specifically do you help people follow through on their goal setting practices?
  • What is quiet time? What does it mean to you? How can quite time help everyone?
  • What occurs during the first 60 minutes of your day?
  • What does it mean to be a learning leader?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of being a servant leader and what that specifically means
  • The emotions he feels as he watches Ohio State play on Saturdays
  • His identity and the importance of being an educator
  • Maurice Clarett and their relationship
  • Leadership is not a position or a ranking.  Most people have it wrong.  It’s about serving others
  • The importance of writing down what you’re grateful for everyday

“You can’t influence unless you are willing to be influenced.”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell


Bio from YSU.edu  

Jim Tressel became the ninth president of Youngstown State University on July 1, 2014.

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 received honorary degrees from YSU in 2001 and Baldwin-Wallace in 2003.

He previously was executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron, where he was charged with restructuring and leading the efforts of a newly created division dedicated to the academic and career success of students. Tressel’s areas of responsibility included recruitment and admissions, financial aid and career services, advising and adult/transfer services, the military services center and multicultural academic programs. He spent a great deal of time in the Northeast Ohio region, emphasizing the need for top-notch higher education, innovation and collaboration.

Prior to joining the University of Akron, Tressel was head football coach at Ohio State University from 2001 to 2010, where his teams won the national championship in 2002 and seven Big Ten championships and appeared in eight BCS post-season bowl games. As head football coach at YSU from 1986 to 2000, Tressel’s teams won four Division I-AA national championships. He also was executive director of Athletics at YSU from 1994 to 2000.

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