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Field honors Tressel family

Sep 16, 2008 1:55:43 PM

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The Tressel name is revered across Ohio, but perhaps no more so than at Baldwin-Wallace, which will honor the family this weekend with the dedication of a new playing surface at George Finnie Stadium.

Tressel Field at Finnie Stadium will be dedicated during halftime of this Saturday’s Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy game against John Carroll.

Lee Tressel, a College Football Hall of Fame member who led the Baldwin-Wallace football team to the Division III national championship in 1978, and his wife and three sons all were deeply involved in the campus and community during Tressel’s 23 years as coach and athletics director.

One of the sons, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, shares with his father the distinction of being part of the only father-son duo to have won national college football championships. The younger Tressel quarterbacked his father’s team before graduating from Baldwin-Wallace in 1975.

The new track and playing surface, the major part of a $2 million renovation project at the stadium, was installed over the summer. It also honors wife Eloise Tressel, who worked on campus and served as athletics archivist, in addition to completing her degree in 1972, as well as sons Richard (Class of 1971, and currently running backs coach at Ohio State) and Dave (Class of 1973, and a longtime educator in local schools).

Dave is the only one of the three sons who can attend the dedication, and he will serve as honorary team captain during the game in addition to speaking on behalf the family. But all three sons were present in May for groundbreaking ceremonies, where they noted their parents’ influence and impact on the community.

“We are better people because we learned how to love here at B-W,” Jim Tressel said of his parents. “First and foremost, we’re Yellow Jackets.”

Dave Tressel said his parents influenced not just their sons, but the campus community.

“My parents raised the bar and were an inspiration for young people to want to succeed,” he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer at the groundbreaking ceremony. “My mom wasn't able to graduate when she was young, but it was neat seeing her go to classes here in the 1970s when we were kids.”

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