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Tressel's continued contribution to the Valley

Tressel: History of contributions to the Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - As former head coach of the Youngstown State University football team, Jim Tressel lead the Penguins to win four national championships, made countless donations to the area, and today some of his family still call the valley home.

As he now makes his way back to the area, this time as President of Y.SU, family and former players reflect on all that he has given to the area.

And while some of the most obvious contributions are financial, like the Watson and Tressel Indoor training site named after he and his in-laws made a significant donation, his in-laws say Tressel's most lasting legacy is the lives of so many young men he has touched.

"He would always see that they did well academically too, football wasn't the only thing," said Norma Watson, Tressel's Mother In-Law. "They made sure that he was going to have good citizens."

"One function he's always done was help them get that first job once they got through college," said Frank Watson, Tressel's Father In-Law.

The investment into his players, has had a ripple effect throughout the valley.

Inspiring former players, like Elliot Giles, to lay roots in the area and also coach the game.

"He always gave back and that's kind one thing I like to instill in myself, is give back to the community as far as my flag football league," said Giles. "You never forget where you came from."

Former players talk about Tressel's composure and poise while under pressure, and say it's a characteristic he instills in everyone he's around.

"No matter what adversity the university may face in the future he'll be able to handle it and he'll get the people that are working with him to be able to handle that situation to work together and to overcome it," said Former Player Chris Sammarone.

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