Name: Pat Tresey.
Position: WR/ Passing Game Coach.
Alma Mater: College of Mount St. Joseph.
Favorite Music Genre: 90’s Rock.
Old Side or New Side: Old Side. “I don’t think I’ve ever eaten in New Side yet, and I don’t think I ever will.”
When the Lords’ freshman class takes the field a week from today for their first game in a Kenyon uniform, they will be joined by another newcomer to the Kenyon football program, Assistant Coach Pat Tresey. Tresey, the son of a football coach in his own right, is entering his fifth season of coaching after serving as a Student Coach at the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University), Graduate Assistant at FBS powerhouse UCLA and as Tight Ends Coach and Graduate Assistant at Division II program Ashland University.
During Tresey’s childhood, Tresey’s father took on numerous college football coaching positions and the family moved around quite a bit as a result. Before graduating high school, Tresey claimed residence in Southwest Ohio, North Canton, Ohio, Virginia and Georgia. “Its been an interesting ride, met a lot of great people for sure,” said Tresey in regards to the change of scenery in his childhood. “It’s kind of cool though, because wherever you go, it’s like you always have somebody. That’s why I never feel like I’m going to be out of luck somewhere.”
Tresey picked up the game of football in fourth grade, getting his start in the Upper Arlington youth football league. “My dad was reluctant, but I convinced him,” said Tresey. “I kind of was always around football with my dad, so the whole coaching deal kind of came natural. It was one of those things I always had a passion for and I knew that the game had been so good to my family and I, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why I give back and spread the word on what I consider the world’s greatest game.“
A versatile player in his youth, Tresey settled into the quarterback position in eighth grade and stuck with it throughout his collegiate career at Hope College and the College of Mount St. Joseph, playing a little wide receiver and strong safety in high school as well. The son of a football coach, Tresey didn’t have to look far for heroes of the gridiron, idolizing the athletes playing on his father’s teams, including NFL QB Charlie Frye, whom Tresey’s father coached while at the University of Akron.
“I always loved it (playing quarterback) because it was a challenge,” remarked Tresey. “You had to know what everyone was doing and you also had to have a good sense of what the other team was doing on the defensive side of the ball, especially if you want to get a leg up. It was a good challenge to have, something I always embraced, and I felt too that it would help me be a better coach down the road.”
Upon graduating from Mount St. Joseph and spending time on the staff of football programs in all three divisions of intercollegiate athletics, Tresey began looking to work his way up the coaching ladder. “I was kind of getting to a point where I was tired of being a GA (Graduate Assistant) and I wanted to potentially move up, at least have a little bit more of an influence. I’d met Coach Monfiletto a couple times before, but I met him up at a convention and just talked with him a little bit. Luckily, he gave me a call about a month after the convention, saying ‘Hey, I think I’m going to have something, would you be interested?’ and I said ‘Absolutely.’”
Since joining the Kenyon coaching staff in the spring, Tresey has been continually impressed by the camaraderie of his players, as well as their mature outlook on life after Kenyon football.
“And really, it happens everywhere you go; you’re going to have great kids,” said Tresey. “But here especially they’re just unbelievable kids. They care about each other, they love the game, they see the bigger picture. What I think makes D3 so interesting is that these kids are coming out and they’re busting their tail on Saturdays, but at the end of the day they know that life is a little bit bigger than football.”
Looking ahead to his first season with the Lords, Tresey is taking things one game at a time with his eyes fixed on Kenyon’s season opener against Marietta. “I can’t wait for Marietta,” said Tresey. “We’ve seen a lot of film on them, we’ve been able to develop a little bit of a strategy; that’s kind of what our mind is geared towards and I really can’t wait for that… It’ll be nice to kick off that first game with the new stands that look unbelievable. I’m really looking forward to it, and I can tell you our whole staff is too.”