The City renamed the outdoor municipal pool in memory of beloved swimming coach Dave Tressel with a hundred of Dave’s family and friends on hand to celebrate and remember their friend.
The ceremony on July 2 included unveiling a brass plaque at the entrance to the pool and a sandstone welcoming sign engraved with Dave Tressel Memorial Pool.
Dave passed away on Feb. 11. He was an award-winning swimmer and coach for the Berea Recreation Department, the Berea Schools and Baldwin Wallace University.
In his opening remarks, Mayor Cyril Kleem said he recalled an old Gatorade commercial that featured basketball star Michael Jordan, urging customers to be strong and healthy. “Be like Mike” was the tagline.
“I thought of Dave,” the Mayor said. “I want to be like Dave. There is so much anger, hostility and negativity in the world. Dave was the exact opposite. He was kind and so soft-spoken.”
“In a world with so many problems, it would be a better place if more people were like Dave.”
Also speaking was Consolina Templeman, a retired City employee who worked with Dave at the Rec Center. They met 49 years ago at City Hall and later volunteered at the Berea Historical Society.
“If you look in the dictionary under kind, helpful and friend, you’ll see Dave’s picture,” she said.
Dennis Kushlak, president of the Historical Society, is a retired teacher who coached Dave on the Berea High School football team. “He was this undersized and aggressive kid,” Kushlak recalled. Two years later, Dave ended up being captain of the team.
He often credited his parents, Lee and Eloise Tressel for his volunteerism and love of community. Lee Tressel was the long-time BW football coach and Eloise Tressel was a community volunteer and the backbone of the Historical Society. Like them, Dave received the Grindstone Award as an outstanding citizen.
“Dave honored his mother by giving back to Berea and BW and most of all to the children,” Kushlak said. “Naming the pool after Dave Tressel is a tribute to his legacy. He spent 50 years of his life teaching kids how to compete and how to be good citizens.”
Dave’s daughter, Julie Kadri, said one of her father’s passions may have been swimming but the other was family.
“His first team was his family,” she said, “and we are all part of his community team.”
Family members on hand for the unveiling were Julie and her sons Robbie and Sammy, son Mark, and their mother Sharon Tressel, and brother Jim Tressel. Brother Dick Tressel was in Wisconsin and unable to attend.