Pulaski High School graduate Nathan Preslaski is the new wrestling coach at his alma mater. He replaces long-time coach Ryan Deprey, who accepted a teaching position at another district.
Preslaski has served as PHS assistant wrestling coach from 2015 to 2021. He also served as lead coach for Pulaski Youth Wrestling in 2019. He also was PHS junior varsity wrestling coach from 2008 to 2014. Prior to that he was PHS wrestling volunteer coach in 2007-2008, Oshkosh West High School volunteer coach in 2005-2006 and 2003 UW-Stevens Point student assistant coach.
He is a former wrestler and team captain at UW-Stevens Point where was an NCAA Division III qualifier, WIAC Conference Champion and winner of the team/s Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2001. He was a WIAC runner-up in 2000. At PHS, he was a 1997 state title winner and he qualified for state in 1994 and 1995. He was team captain in 1997 and team MVP in 1996 and 1997.
"We wish Ryan Deprey and his family well as they move on to future endeavors and are in very capable hands with Nate Preslaski now taking over the lead role,” said PHS athletic director Janel Batten. “Nate has long been a part of the Pulaski wrestling family both as a wrestler and a coach. He has a plethora of knowledge and success both as a high school and college wrestler and also as a coach. I am not sure I have seen someone more passionate about this opportunity to lead. We are excited for Coach Preslaski, for the kids, and for our wrestling community."
Preslaski said has been part of Pulaski wrestling for a long time. “It’s good to give back and help the kids who are here now,” he said.
Preslaski said he is familiar with the wrestlers, parents and the program. “This is about the Pulaski program, keeping it great and getting as many kids out as possible. This is about the kids in the program,” he said.
He has been married to Tommie for 11 years. They have three children Kutter, 9; Cage, 8; and Breckyn, 6. His two boys are already involved with the Pulaski Youth Wrestling program.