Joe Tresey brings a wealth of high school and college coaching experience to the Bearcats. He spent 10 years as head coach at several high school programs in Ohio before moving up to the collegiate level.
Tresey authored a Cincinnati defense that led the nation in turnovers and interceptions in 2007. A pair of Bearcat defenders earned all-America honors and two others were selected in the 2008 NFL Draft. UC fi nished second in the BIG EAST in scoring defense (18.8) and rush defense (114.2) and put five of 11 defensive starters on the all-BIG EAST team.
Tresey joined Brian Kelly's staff at Central Michigan in 2006 and quickly implemented a style that forced 29 turnovers and 31 sacks in 14 games. His MAC Championship defense registered four players with all-league plaudits.
Two seasons prior to joining the CMU staff , Tresey was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgia Southern. The Eagles' defense ranked fourth nationally in total defense in 2004. While in Statesboro, Tresey helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA Playoff appearances. He also mentored a pair of all-Southern Conference linebackers.
A 13-year college coaching veteran, Tresey managed the defense and coached defensive backs at Akron during the 2002-03 seasons. He served the previous three years (1999- 2001) as defensive secondary coach at Virginia Military Institute. Tresey began his college coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Otterbein in 1995.
Tresey moved to the collegiate ranks after serving as a decorated high school mentor. After leading Fredericktown to Ohio's Division IV state semifinals in 1989, Tresey was voted the UPI Ohio Division IV Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Fredericktown High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
No stranger to Southwest Ohio, Tresey served four seasons as head coach at Middletown High School. He also has prior head coaching stops at New Philadelphia (Ohio) High School and Mechanicsburg (Pa.) High School.
Tresey is a 1982 graduate of Ohio State with a bachelor of science degree in education. He earned his master's of education in sports science from Ashland University in 1997.