SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Armstrong State University athletic department announced the hiring of Kim Dean as the Pirates’ new head softball coach today. Dean becomes the third head coach of Pirate softball since the sport was reinstated as a fastpitch varsity sport in 1998.
Dean will be introduced to the Savannah community at a welcome reception on Wednesday, August 24th, at 2:00 p.m. in the President Dining Room of the Armstrong Student Union.
Dean joins the Pirates from the University of Southern Indiana, where she has served as the assistant coach for the Screaming Eagles since 2009. While at USI, Dean assisted in all aspects of recruiting and practices as the Screaming Eagles have had tremendous success on and off the field under head coach Sue Kunkle. In seven years, USI has compiled a 193-146 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Championships three out of the last four seasons.
“I am excited and grateful to have been chosen to lead the softball program at Armstrong State University,” Dean said. “This program has a winning tradition and culture that is second-to-none and I am looking forward to hitting the ground running.
“I’d like to thank Armstrong Sate athletic director Lisa Sweany and everyone involved in the hiring process. Armstrong State University athletics as a whole has a strong presence at the conference, region and national level and it is an honor to be part of that moving forward.”
Dean was also in charge of monitoring academics of a Southern Indiana program that has featured 56 Academic All-Conference honorees, four CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees and two CoSIDA Academic All-American honorees. On the field, USI players in her seven years with the program earned three NFCA All-American honors, seven NFCA All-Midwest Region honors and 21 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Team members.
“Early in the process, Kim Dean rose to the top of a very talented candidate pool for our head softball position,” Armstrong State athletic director Lisa Sweany said. “It became clear that Kim was the best fit to take over the leadership of our program and her coaching experience and leadership ability will ensure the continuation of our on-field successes while also helping to develop our student-athletes academically and personally.
“I am impressed with her coaching experiences, history of campus and community involvement, her dedication to the institution she’s worked at and – most importantly – her overall commitment to the student-athlete experience. I look forward to watching our softball program thrive under her leadership.”
Prior to joining Southern Indiana, Dean was a student-assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for a season after finishing up her four-year career with the Rangers. She was a two-time All-GLVC honoree during her four seasons and twice led the team in batting average. Dean graduated from UWP with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2006 and received her master’s degree in public administration from Southern Indiana in 2012.
Armstrong State University softball went 43-15 in 2016, advancing to the DII Championships in Denver, Colo., as a part of the DII Spring Sports Festival and finished third nationally. The Pirates return 13 players from that squad for the upcoming 2017 season.