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Bill Dessart - Kewaunee / Green Bay Preble

03/01/1993, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born August 24,1918 in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Bill graduated from Green Bay West High School and St. Norbert College.

After high school he started his coaching career at the parochial grade school level, coaching for six years and compiling a 48-1-1 record. After college, Bill was in the military service from 1942-45. From 1946-50 he was an assistant coach at Green Bay Central High School.

In 1951, Bill accepted the head football position at Kewaunee High School where he compiled a 19-7-2 record with one championship. In 1955, Bill moved to Preble High School where he coached until his retirement after the 1985 season. In those years he recorded 154 wins, 98 losses and 4 ties, winning six championships.

In retirement Bill coached as an assistant at St. Norbert's. Overall, his teams prior to retirement have won 249 games. During his career Bill served as athletic director for 27 years. He coached basketball for twelve years, winning four championships.

Bill received the Kewaunee Eagle Civic Award in 1951, Coach of the Year in the Fox Valley in 1970, the Red Smith Award in 1970, Elks Leadership Award in 1980, and Metro Coach of the Year in 1985. Also, in 1985, he coached the North Squad in the Shrine All-Star Game.

In 1990, Bill was elected to the Green Bay Municipal School District Board of Education. He is seeking a second term.

Bill is a tireless worker and a tremendous influence on the game of football in Wisconsin. We salute you with this Gold Service Award.

"52 Years of Coaching Football in Wisconsin"

Tag(s): Hall of Fame