Mickey Dean, a native
of the Central Shenandoah Valley, is in his first year as head coach of the JMU softball program.
"It is no doubt great to return home, and I want to thank Athletics Director Jeff Bourne and Associate Athletics Director
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."
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
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.