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Bill Dessart - Kewaunee / Green Bay Preble

03/01/1987, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born August 24, 1918 in Green Bay, WI

Graduate of Green Bay West High School, St. Norbert College, MS University of Wisconsin - Madison

Coached football at:

Kewaunee High School 1951-54; and

Preble High School 1955-85

Bill played football, basketball and baseball at West High School in Green Bay.

After high school Bill coached football for six years at the Parochial Grade School level compiling a 48-1-1 record. He was in the military service from 1942 to 1945.

From 1946 through 1950 Bill was an assistant coach at Green Bay Central Catholic High School (Premontre). In 1951 Bill accepted the head football position at Kewaunee High School where he compiled a 19-7-2 record with one championship. In those years he recorded 154 wins, 98 losses,' 4 ties and six championships. In 41 years of coaching football Bill's teams won 249 games.

He was Athletic Director at Kewaunee and Preble for a total of 27 years. He coached basketball for twelve years with four championships and a record of 156 wins and 95 losses.

Bill received the Kewaunee Eagle Civic Award in 1951, Coach of the Year in the Fox Valley in 1970, Red Smith Award in 1970, Elks Leadership Award in 1980 and Metro Coach of the Year in 1985. He received a special award for the greatest contribution to football in Northeastern Wisconsin in 1984.

In 1985 Bill was the head coach of the North squad in the Shrine All-Star Game.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame