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Gregg Preston

History & Social Studies, Bible, Basketball Coach



Old History
Global Studies
AP European History
US History (1877- Present)
Philosophy & Religion
Book of Mark



Gregg grew up in the western Wisconsin town of Eau Claire with his parents and older brother. He attended Bethesda Lutheran Church, where he was taught the scriptures, and he was saved by Jesus Christ at a young age. He graduated from Memorial High School, and throughout his youth he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Inspired by his dad and other great teachers and coaches, Gregg knew he was called to be a teacher. After high school, Mr. Preston attended the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he earned degrees in history and education. In 2005 he completed a Master of Arts degree in history from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He has also had the privilege of taking classes from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary and completing a course of study to become a commissioned minister of the Gospel.

In his senior year of college, Gregg crossed paths with Rodney Venberg (a missionary and HLA alum), who introduced him to Hillcrest principal Bill Colbeck. Gregg was hired to teach history in 1989. He initially expected that his time at Hillcrest would be brief, but the mission of the school (not the Minnesota winters) has kept him here ever since.

Gregg began coaching basketball in 1985 with the Badger Basketball camps. This led to a three year boys basketball coaching job at Eleva-Strum High School in Wisconsin. Upon his arrival at Hillcrest he coached the girls basketball team the first year and has been the boys basketball coach at Hillcrest most years since 1992.

Gregg and his wife, Marie, have four children: Tony (HLA '14), Susana (HLA '17), Daniel (HLA '17), and Gabriel (HLA '19).

Gregg is continuously inspired by the Gospel of Mark and Paul's letter to the Romans. They are incredible works of literature. His favorite verse is Romans 8:1, "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."