Citation: “Theodore Coaches Varsity Track Team,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 17,
Following Eddie Finnigan's resignation to move to Western Reserve University April 1, the B-W athletic board appointed student Ted Theodore of Cleveland as temporary coach to direct the track team in its 1951 spring season.
Theodore, four - letter - winner in track here and captain of the team last year, is finishing up his scholastic work at B-W this quarter.
Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.
During his time at B-W, Theodore was an exceptional athlete. His abilities grabbed the attention of many even early on as a student at East Tech High, where Jesse Owens and Harrison Dillard attended. Few of his peers could hold a candle to his abilities on the track. The one exception being Dillard, whose time on campus overlapped with Theodore’s. After hanging up the cleats, Theodore taught art at Berea. During the 2002 Olympic games, he was given the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch.
Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.
Stanley Tolliver was a student at Baldwin-Wallace starting in 1944 and graduating in 1948. While at Baldwin-Wallace he was involved in track, the debate team, theater and helped found Beta Sigma Tau (merged with Pi Lambda Phi). After Baldwin-Wallace, he studied law and served as legal counsel for a number of organizations and also Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a leader in the desegregation movement of Cleveland Public Schools. In 1977, he was elected to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the NAACP.
Citation: "News by Classes, '75," Pursuit, vol. 17. no. 4, pg. 9, Summer 1986.
JAMES TRESSEL, Youngstown, is the new head football coach at Youngstown State Univ. He was the quarterback coach for Ohio State's Buckeyes before this recent appointment.
Citation: "Tressel Takes Over Buckeyes Football," Pursuit, vol. 32, no. 3, pg. 8, Spring 2001.
Is there anyone who hasn't heard the news? Jim Tressel '73 was recently named head coach of the Ohio State University Buckeye football team. After two weeks of interviews, Tressel emerged as the choice to lead OSU's beleaguered football program back to a topnotch program.
Tressel, who has spent the last 15 seasons as the coach of the Youngstown State University Penguins, has built an impressive record, leading the I-AA team to nine playoffs and four national championships. The rungs of his coaching ladder included offensive backfield coach for Akron (where he received his master's degree in 1977); quarterback/receivers coach for Miami of Ohio ('79-'80); QB/receivers coach for Syracuse ('81-'82) and a four-year stint as QB/receiver coach at OSU ('83-'86) under Earl Bruce.
But Tressel's initiation into the sport that has become his career, came on the B-W football field, first through watching his dad Lee Tressel '48, coach the Yellow Jackets; then as quarterback for his father from '72-'75.
Tressel's mother Eloise '72, the archivist for the B-W Athletic Archives, told a Plain Dealer reporter that, while Jim has his father's traits, he is, "his own man." Still, those who heard his initial press conference at OSU, must have heard echoes of Lee Tressel's philosophies (particularly espousing excellence in the classroom as well as on the field) in his son's words to the press, OSU administrators and alumni.
"I am so proud, so excited and so humbled to be your football coach at The Ohio State University," Tressel said. "I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community, and especially, in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the football field."
Ever mindful of his roots, he asked, not only his family to be with him at the press conference, but also Jackie Groza (widow of Cleveland Brown Lou Groza) and Sandy Madzy (widow of Tressel's Berea High football coach Tom Madzy), both of whom fueled his love for football.
He did note the absence of one of his own children at the press conference.
"My dad always told us there was only one reason to miss a class... a death in the family... yours," Tressel recalled, "and so my son Zachery is in physics class here at OSU."
Any success that Tressel has at OSU will just build on his already impressive statistics. His 135 career wins are the second most in YSU history. His four national championships are the most for one head coach in Division I-AA history. He has been named Ohio College Coach of the Year five times, and, in 1997, was named American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year for the third time.
Validating those who talk about the Tressel "dynasty" is the fact that Jim and his father are the only father and son combination to win National Coach of the Year honors. They are also the only combination to win national football championships. And, with brother Dick '70, coach at Hamline University in Minnesota, the only football coaching family with at least 100 collegiate wins each.
In the confident, yet humble manner that has typified his actions thus far, Jim Tressel sends this message to his alma mater: "Please share with all the B-W grads - those I observed when idolizing my Dad's teams, and those I attended with - that it is because of their input that I have this opportunity. Thanks too, to my instructors, coaches, fraternity brothers, teammates, Exponent colleagues, and all who contributed to my wonderful experiences and growth at B-W. I'll try hard to make them proud!"
Citation: Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 9, no. 5 (1943): p. 3.
John C. Turton, ex '42, is a veteran United States pilot with Montgomery's Eighth Army in North Africa. With the British army in the battle of El Alemein, Lieutenant Turton had twenty bombing missions to his credit when he started the fifteen hundred mile trek across the desert with Montgomery. An experienced bomber pilot, John has had thrilling experiences in instrument flying through the desert night which we hope we may learn more about when the boys come home. His letters to parents and friends tell of leaves in Syria and the Holy Land, baths in a quart of water and amusement with his squirrel size, one pound pair of pet Marmoset monkeys.
John, who is another of the boys of whom Baldwin-Wallace is justly proud, enlisted in September, 1941 and was assigned as a bomber pilot overseas in July 1942.