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.