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Michael P. Dressler - Milwaukee Hamilton / Wausau West / Fond du Lac

03/01/2006, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network


Inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2006

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mike graduated from Pulaski High School in 1967. He participated in football and track. Mike attended UW-Whitewater, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in history and English, and was a four-year letterman in football and track. Football accomplishments as an offensive end included elections to 15t Team All-Conference, AII-NAIA District 14 Team, and NAIA All-American. He was football and track team co-captain, received the American Legion Award as outstanding student athlete, and served as senior class senator.

Mike taught for 17 years for Milwaukee Public Schools.  From 1972-1979, he was assistant coach at Milwaukee Pulaski High School for football, wrestling, and track.  He played semi-professional football for the West Allis Spartans and Racine Raiders. He volunteer coached the Vincent Lombardi Youth Football League.

Mike became head football coach at Milwaukee Alexander Hamilton High School in 1979. He was also assistant wrestling, and assistant and head track coach.

His football teams were 1979 Milwaukee City Champs Blue Division; 1982 Conference champions; 1983 and 1987 second place finishes. In 1983, he was "Milwaukee Sentinel Metropolitan Coach of the Year".

In 1988, Mike was inducted into UW-Whitewater's Athletic Hall of Fame. He completed his Master's Degree in Education from UW-Whitewater in 1989.  Mike continued on as assistant football coach at West Allis Nathan Hale High School and at Nicolet High School in Glendale. As head track coach at Nicolet, the boys team was the 1990 State Track Champions. Mike was named Division I Boys Track State Coach of the Year.

In 1990, Mike began his position at Wausau West High School as an English teacher, head football, and head girls track coach. In 1992, the football team earned second place qualifying for state playoffs for the first time in the school's history.

In 1993, Mike became a history teacher, head football and assistant track coach at Fond du Lac Goodrich High School, now Fond du Lac High School. Football team accomplishments included 2001 and 2002 Fox Valley Association Conference Champions and qualifying for State playoffs seven times. Mike was named Fox Valley Association Coach of the Year in 2001. He was named a Fond du Lac School District Teacher of the Year 2002-2003.

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