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Preble moving forward with new coach Dustin Gresen

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Dustin Gresen hopes to lead Green Bay Preble to more success as he takes over as head coach. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Dustin Gresen gathered his football players around after the first day of practice Tuesday and complimented them on a good start to the season.

It was Gresen's first post practice talk as Green Bay Preble's head coach.

Gresen replaced Tim Larsen, who stepped down after last season after four years on the sideline. Gresen was Larsen's defensive coordinator and now Larsen is an assistant coach this year.

So despite the change in head coach, Preble isn't going through a huge transition. However, senior Dalton Lardinois noticed a difference with Gresen.

"It's more upbeat," Lardinois said. "We had him last year, he was our defensive coordinator. It's not a completely new face. Just a different role in how practice runs.

"I definitely thing it helped we had a familiar face, players already knew him, sort of new what to expect and were comfortable around him."

Players know Gresen and what Gresen knows about his team is it needs to find some offense. Lost to graduation are Henry Geil and Gavin Buergi, who combined for more than 1,900 rushing yards last season and 27 touchdowns.

Each was a big play waiting to happen and this year it appears Preble won't have that same threat. But Gresen is OK with that.

"I actually like when you don't have a star role player," Gresen said. "It's great to have them, yes. but this year it's more about the team. We're going to need guys to step up at different spots at different times for different scenarios and everyone is ready to take that on.

"So we're looking more for spreading the wealth around in terms of our athletes."

Preble has been one of the more consistent programs in Northeastern Wisconsin, having made the postseason the last seven years. However, the Hornets have won just one playoff game in those appearances (2013).

That's something Gresen wants to change.

"I know for a fact that with what we have installed and what's going to continue to be installed that we're going to be very competitive during the regular season in conference play and in the postseason," Gresen said.

The Gresen Era kicks off Aug. 16 at home against Ashwaubenon.

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PREBLE SCHEDULE

Aug. 16 Ashwaubenon

Aug. 23 at Manitowoc

Aug. 30 GB Southwest

Sept. 7 at De Pere

Sept. 14 Sheboygan South

Sept. 21 Sheboygan North

Sept. 28 at Notre Dame

Oct. 5 at Pulaski

Oct. 12 at Bay Port

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