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Tressel, Lee

Lee Tressel

Induction Year : 1980

Sport: Football

The most successful football coach in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference, he built a 154-53-6 record during 23 years as head coach at Baldwin-Wallace College. He reached the zenith of his career in 1978 when he directed the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Division III National Championship and was named Division III Coach-of-the-Year. He also guided B-W to the national playoffs in 1979 and 1980 before retiring because of illness to which he succumbed in April, 1981. Also served as Director of Athletics at B-W and is a member of the Baldwin-Wallace College Letterman’s Hall of Fame. (He was the nation’s leading scorer as a running back for the Yellow Jackets in 1943.) As a high school coach at Mentor High, he ran of 34 consecutive victories from 1952 to 1956 and extended the streak to 39 at Massillon High where he coached two seasons before coming to Berea. That record earned him a niche in the Ohio High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.