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David Dean (born February 3, 1964) is an American football coach and former player, currently head coach of the West Georgia Wolves. Dean served as the head football coach at Valdosta State University from 2007 to 2015, compiling a record of 79–27 in nine season. His team won the NCAA Division II Football Championship in 2007 and in 2012.

David Dean
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamWest Georgia
Biographical details
Born (1964-02-03) February 3, 1964 (age 55)
Decatur, Georgia
Playing career
1982–1985Georgia Tech
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986Georgia Tech (GA)
1987Avondale HS (WR)
1988–1991Valdosta State (WR)
1992West Georgia (RB)
1993–1997West Georgia (RB/ST)
1998–1999West Georgia (OC/QB)
2000–2006Valdosta State (OC/QB)
2007–2015Valdosta State
2016Georgia Southern (co-OC/WR)
2017–presentWest Georgia
Head coaching record
Tournaments13–6 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NCAA Division II (2007, 2012)
1 GSC (2010)
2x AFCA Division II Coach of the Year (2007, 2012)
Schutt Sports Division II Coach of the Year (2007)
AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (2010)
2x Gulf South Conference Co-Coach of the Year (2010, 2018)


Playing careerEdit

Dean walked onto the Georgia Tech football team in 1982 and earned a scholarship the following year playing through the 1985 as a wide receiver. He was a graduate assistant for the team in 1986.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Dean was an assistant coach at Avondale High School in Avondale Estates, Georgia in 1987. He was an assistant at Valdosta from 1988 to 1992. From 1993 to 1999 he was an assistant at University of West Georgia. From 2000 to 2006 he was offensive coordinator for Valdosta. In his first season in 2000 his quarterback Dusty Bonner won the Harlon Hill Trophy. During this period Valdosta played in the Division II title game in 2002 and won the national championship in 2004.[1]

Head coaching careerEdit

In 2007, Dean was named head coach of the Blazers in 2007 after Chris Hatcher took the head coaching job at Georgia Southern University. The "Dean Machine" started the season with five straight wins. Delta State University defeated the Blazers 35–31, despite being down 28 points at the beginning of the second half. The Blazers then capped off the season with an eight-game winning streak and their second national championship title win against Northwest Missouri State University, 25–20.[2] This was the third straight championship appearance by the Bearcats, also the third straight time the Bearcats lost the national championship game. Dean is only the second head coach to lead his team to a national championship in his first season. Earle Solomonson accomplished this at North Dakota State University in 1985.

2008 saw the Blazers make it to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and a 9–3 season, 6–2 in the Gulf South Conference. In 2009, after a 6–4 season in which they finished third in the Gulf South Conference, the Blazers did not make the postseason for the first time under Dean, and for the first time since 2006. Dean led the Blazers to an 8–3 record and back into the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2010, marking the third time in his four years he has led his squad to postseason play. After beginning the year unranked, the Blazers rose as high as #7 in the AFCA poll, before finishing the regular season ranked #17.

In 2011, the Blazers had another 6–4 season and missed the Division II playoffs. VSU finished 4th in the Gulf South Conference in 2011. Valdosta had been ranked as high as No. 4 in the AFCA poll[3] in the first weeks of the 2011 season.

After a 2–2 start to the 2012 season, the Blazers won their next 10 straight games and defeated Winston-Salem State University 35–7 in the NCAA Division II Championship game in Florence, Alabama.[4] VSU finished second in the Gulf South Conference after losing to the University of West Alabama. Valdosta would defeat UWA after playing them again in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs. David Dean is the first football coach in Valdosta State's history to win two national titles.

Dean left Valdosta State to coach a single, unsuccessful year as co-offensive coordinator at FBS program Georgia Southern; both co-coordinators were fired after one year.[5] On January 25, 2017, Dean was named the new head coach of former Gulf South Conference rival West Georgia.[6]

Awards and honorsEdit

Dean was the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coach of the Year in NCAA Division II in 2007 and in 2012, after seasons culminating in National Championships.[7][8] Dean was also named the 2007 Division II Coach of the Year by American Football Weekly and Schutt Sports. Dean was a runner up for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in 2008 for Division II. In 2010, he was the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year for NCAA Division II Region 2 and the Gulf South Conference's Co-Coach of the Year.[9]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AFCA#
Valdosta State Blazers (Gulf South Conference) (2007–2015)
2007 Valdosta State 13–1 7–1 T–2nd W NCAA Division II Championship
2008 Valdosta State 9–3 6–2 3rd L NCAA Division II Second Round
2009 Valdosta State 6–4 5–3 T–3rd
2010 Valdosta State 8–3 6–2 T–1st L NCAA Division II First Round 17
2011 Valdosta State 6–4 1–3 5th
2012 Valdosta State 12–2 4–1 2nd W NCAA Division II Championship 1
2013 Valdosta State 6–4 3–3 T–4th
2014 Valdosta State 10–3 5–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 10
2015 Valdosta State 9–3 5–2 T–3rd L NCAA Division II Second Round 14
Valdosta State: 79–27 42–19
West Georgia Wolves (Gulf South Conference) (2017–present)
2017 West Georgia 9–4 5–3 T–2nd L NCAA Division II Second Round 14
2018 West Georgia 10–2 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round 16
West Georgia: 19–6 12–4
Total: 98–33
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b Reed, Shawn (January 19, 2007). "David Dean named Valdosta State's new football coach". Valdosta State University Sports Information. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ Georgia Southern fires offensive coordinators Dean, Gillespie, Savannah Morning News, December 4, 2016.
  6. ^ FORMER VSU COACH HEADED TO WEST GEORGIA, Valdosta Today, January 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "David Dean Named AFCA Coach of the Year". Valdosta State University Sports Information. January 10, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2012.[permanent dead link]
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  9. ^ "2010 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners". American Football Coaches Association. Retrieved January 14, 2012.

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