Tim Tessalone reflects on his tenure as USC SID

Tessalone joined Annenberg Media Sports Radio to talk about his 43 years as USC’s Sports Information Director.

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Longtime USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone is set to retire on Jan. 1. Tessalone has worked at USC, his alma mater, since 1979 and in his current role since 1984.

Tessalone is a member of the USC Athletics, COSIDA and Football Writers Association of America Hall of Fame and is regarded as one of the best Sports Information Directors in the country. USC’s sports information office has won eight FWAA “Super 11″ Awards during Tessalone’s tenure, which has spanned 43 years and more than 500 Trojan football games.

“Tim has been an incredible partner to me since I arrived at USC and a terrific representative of our university and athletics program throughout his entire career,” athletic director Mike Bohn wrote in an October email announcing Tessalone’s upcoming retirement. “Tim is the embodiment of what it means to be student-athlete centered, and he has dedicated his life in service to our student-athletes and the Trojan Family.”

Tessalone will remain in an advisory role through the end of June to assist with the transition following his departure.

“Thank you for your decades of selfless commitment to our program and student-athletes,” Bohn wrote. “You will forever rank among the legends of USC.”

Listen to Tessalone discuss his time at USC, his favorite memories over the years, his plans for what’s to come after retirement and more on the latest episode of Annenberg Media Sports Radio below. You can also find the episode on Apple Podcasts and Spotify through Annenberg Media Sports Radio.