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YSU football hiring Tresey as coordinator

Published: Fri, February 17, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.



Staff report


Youngstown State’s new defensive coordinator is well-known to Mahoning Valley football fans.

He’s also well-traveled.

According to FootballScoop.com, the Penguins have hired Warren JFK High graduate Joe Tresey to replace Rick Kravitz, who served as YSU’s defensive coordinator the past two years.

Thursday, a YSU spokesman would not confirm Tresey’s hiring, saying only that the school is finalizing a contract with its leading candidate.

This is Tresey’s eighth different stop over the past decade and his fifth in as many years.

He spent last season as UCLA’s defensive coordinator and held the same post at South Florida (2009), Cincinnati (2007-08), Central Michigan (2006), Georgia Southern (2004-05) and Akron (2002-03).

UCLA surrendered 31.4 points per game and 417.1 yards per game last season for Rick Neuheisel’s Bruins. Neuheisel was fired following a 6-7 season.

Tresey also spent the 2010 season as the defensive backs coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

His defenses are known for their attacking style that emphasize turnovers and negative plays. That’s the same style preferred by Kravitz, whose unit surrendered 25.7 points and 352.3 yards per game last season.

YSU gave up a season-high 38 points in a four-point loss to Missouri State in the regular-season finale, a defeat that cost the Penguins a playoff berth. MSU scored 28 of those points in the second half.

YSU gave up 31.5 points and 411 yards per game in 2010.


1valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Arod, PLEASE find me a solid defense in the Pac12 last year. Furthermore, his defense was top 30 at Cincy and at USF.

ToyCannon, he has a five year contract and he does have things "ROLLING" in the right direction. Just ignore the fact he beat the National Champions last year.... ON THE ROAD IN FARGO! Their ONLY loss of the campaign.

You guys are the same individuals that have had a personal vendetta against Wolford from day 1. He is doing things the right way and was left with a mess of a program with the lack of talent to compete at this level. He now has had 3 solid recruiting classes and will have a contender for a title this year.

Go Guins!

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2Klink(36 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Another 6 win season and Wolford will have more wins in his first 3 seasons than Tressel had in his first 3 seasons. People seem to think a young first time coach is going to come in and win fast. Tressel did not. Not many do.

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3valleyred(1103 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Arod, you have bashed Wolford at every possible chance you possibly could get. Sitting on a message board or commenting on articles bashing the guy is going to make a difference.

Instead of bashing the guy, support him and attend the games. This year is going to be a special one!

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