PRESTON DEAN, right, is honored by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation for his outstanding athletic, academic and community service accomplishments. Courtesy photo


Preston Dean has the brawn and brains to match

By March 19, 2012

The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc held its annual Football Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet March 9 at the Sacramento Elks Lodge.

MC’d by Fox News 40’s Jim Crandell, the event honored 41 top football players from area high schools/community colleges not just for their dedication to their sport but more importantly their commitment to their education, community service and school leadership.

Among the 41 honored was Oak Ridge High’s Preston Dean for his outstanding contributions at linebacker/fullback to the Trojans’ 2011 playoff season, academic performance (4.0 GPA), community service and school leadership.

Oak Ridge coaches in attendance were head football coach Eric Cavalier and assistants Darren Jonutz, Mark Preacher and Ron Martin.

Dean’s athletic resume includes wrestling and baseball. With exception to one JV season on the diamond, Dean’s focus at Oak Ridge was football and wrestling.

For his senior season on the gridiron, Dean was a first-team Delta River League All league pick, second-team All Metro selection, varsity team captain and the team MVP. He was also named to the Holliday Bowl’s Sacramento All Star team.

As a junior, Dean was Delta River league first-team, All Metro Honorable Mention and the Trojans’ Defensive MVP. As a sophomore he was a Sierra Valley Conference Honorable mention and selected by the student body for the football program’s Trojan Award as a freshman.

In wrestling Dean was a Masters Meet qualifier as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Dean always finds time to help out in his spare time from assisting with the Oak Ridge Jr. Midget football program; tutoring Rolling Hills Jr. High students; volunteering for the “Helping Hands” project to refurbish Coloma Park and area schools; working Oak Park’s Thanksgiving dinner project for the homeless; coaching at the West Coast Youth Football Camp; and helping at the annual Apple Hill’s Rainbow Orchard Fair for handicapped children.

Dean has been recruited by Cornell, Harvard, Claremont McKenna and Williamette University. He’d like to continue in football but he can lean on an academic scholarship if sports aren’t part of the equation. His plan is to major in accounting/finance.

See a complete list of Dean’s academic/athletic awards at

Special to Village Life


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