Jim Tressel has a new job, but his lifetime goal remains the same as he will continue to work with students.
"I always wanted to be a teacher and coach and for many years I had 150 students, but now I have about 35,000 and that is great," Tressel said.
Monday night, Jim Tressel was the featured speaker for the 10th Annual Shaw Jewish Community Center Sports Dinner in Akron. The former Ohio State University Football Coach is now the vice president for strategic engagement at the University of Akron.
"This is something I have always wanted to do, but I will say that I did not have it planned this early," Tressel said.
Tressel described the past year and a half as stressful for him and his family, but he considers himself lucky to have coached the Buckeyes for 10 years.
"When I was hired, I told my family that I would be lucky to last five years at that level and it would be a dream to last 10 years," Tressel said.
Tressel had a great 15-year run as the head football coach at Youngstown State University before he moved to Columbus to guide the Buckeyes.
In 2002, Ohio State finished 14-0 and won a National Football Championship under his direction.
He says that was a special and memorable moment, but all the teams and big games are different and important to him.
Will he ever coach again?
"Ever is a long time," Tressel said.
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