Baldwin-Wallace's Winningest Football Coach Retires

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Baldwin-Wallace football coach Bob Packard, who became the school's winningest football coach last season, announced his retirement Thursday.

Packard, 58, was 156-54-2 in 21 seasons at the college and never had a losing season.

He surpassed the 155-win total of his mentor, Lee Tressel, in a 46-22 victory over Marietta in October.

Packard played quarterback under Tressel, father of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, and had been his offensive coordinator since 1968 before taking over when Tressel resigned for health reasons.

Jim Tressel said Packard's success resulted from "his love for Baldwin-Wallace, his ability to maintain the past but build his own identity."

Packard said his favorite memory at Baldwin-Wallace came while he was still an assistant, when the Yellow Jackets won the NCAA Division III title in an all-Ohio championship game over Wittenberg in 1978.

Packard has been involved in 58 percent of all victories in the Yellow Jackets' history in 34 years a player, assistant coach and head coach.

"More impressive than his career statistics is the quality of this person. He is an outstanding teacher and tireless worker who devoted countless hours to the development of his team as players and students," Baldwin-Wallace President Mark Collier said in a statement.

Packard will be replaced by offensive coordinator John Snell, who will act as interim coach for a year. Snell, a Baldwin-Wallace graduate, was a student coach for football and played baseball at the college.

A national search will be conducted for a permanent replacement.

Packard will remain at the college as a teacher through the end of the academic year.

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