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Mickey Dean
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Elkton, Va.
Alma Mater: Elon
Graduating Year: 1987
Experience: 1 Year
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Mickey Dean, a native of the Central Shenandoah Valley, is in his second year as head coach of the JMU softball program.

In his first year of work, Dean guided the Dukes to great heights by helping the team win a school-record 42 games and collect its first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. JMU went 42-17 in 2013 and 18-3 to finish second in the CAA. They advanced to the Knoxville Regional of the NCAA tournament and picked up the program's first-ever NCAA tournament win with a 5-0 defeat of Longwood.

Individually, JMU did incredibly well in Dean's first year of work as the team raked in conference, state and regional award. Dean was voted the VaSID State Coach of the Year while first-year pitcher Jailyn Ford collected CAA and VaSID Rookie of the Year awards. She became the second player in school history to be named the Virginia Pitcher of the Year while Sarah Mooney became the third JMU player to be named the CAA Player of the Year. Mooney and Ford were two of four players to be named NFCA All-Region honors as they were joined by outfielder Jasmine Butelr and pitcher Heather Kiefer. Ford was also selected to play on the USA Softball Junior National Team where she won silver at the ISF Junior World Championships.

In total, JMU boasted the CAA Player and Rookie of the Year, seven All-CAA selections and two All-Rookie selections.

"It is no doubt great to return home, and I want to thank Athletics Director Jeff Bourne and Associate Athletics Director Kevin White for this opportunity," Dean said.  "As I stated to both, I believe the future of this program is limitless.  With the combination of our history of academic excellence and state-of-the-art facilities, JMU softball can become a nationally recognized program competing for championships at the highest level."
 
Dean guided Radford to unprecedented success with a six-year overall record of 241-116 (.675) and an 84-21 (.800) mark in the Big South Conference.  The Highlanders finished first in the Big South's regular-season standings in each of the past four seasons and captured championship crowns by winning the Big South Championship Tournament in 2009 and 2010.  In 2009, the Highlanders also claimed the program's first NCAA tournament win, compiling three victories in their two NCAA appearances. Dean was tabbed as the league's Coach of the Year of the past four seasons and once on the regional scale. Since 2005, Radford was the winningest program (320-163) in the state of Virginia and from 2006-09, the Highlanders were just one of 10 Division I programs nationally to win 40 contests each season.

His Radford players accounted for 15 Big South annual awards, 14 All-Region honors, 37 All-Conference laurels and 32 All-State recognitions.  Radford also had the program's first All-America selection this past season.

Prior to being named the Highlanders' head coach in 2006, Dean served as an assistant coach at Longwood University (2005-06), Indiana University (2002-04) and the University of Akron (2001-02).


In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Dean has also worked on the professional and international level.  He was the pitching coach for the Venezuelan National Team (2002-08) and the head coach for the Chicago Bandits (2004-10) that finished as the National Pro Fastpitch Regular-Season Champions five times and won the World Championship in 2008. Dean was named NPF Manager of the Year three times and coached world-renowned pitcher Jennie Finch, who was the NPF's Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2005 and has a gold and silver medal from her two Team USA Olympic appearances.

Dean Family Dean attended nearby Spotswood High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in public administration and a minor in business administration from Elon University in 1987. 

Dean and his wife, Liz, have two children, Isaac and Caroline.

Year School Record Finish
2007 Radford 44-27 3rd
2008 Radford 46-15 2nd
2009 Radford 41-15 1st
2010 Radford 38-17 1st
2011 Radford 38-21 1st
2012 Radford 34-21 1st
6years   241-116  
       
2013 JMU 42-17 2nd

 

 

 

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