Kim Dean begins her second season as head coach of the Georgia Southern softball program in 2019.
In her debut season, Georgia Southern finished 28-25 overall and 12-15 in the Sun Belt Conference, advancing to the 2018 Sun Belt Tournament in Louisiana. The Eagles tied a school record with 48 home runs, featured All-Sun Belt and NFCA All-Region third baseman Hannah Farrell and also recorded its first road win over a nationally-ranked team in school history with a 3-2 8-inning win at No. 22 Louisiana on April 21st. Georgia Southern also finished the season with an RPI of No. 85, and went 11-10 against schools in the 51-100 RPI range.
Dean joined the Eagles in 2018 from Armstrong State University in Savannah. In her lone season with the Pirates - the program’s last due to the consolidation with Georgia Southern - she led her team to a third-place finish at the 2017 NCAA DII National Championships and a 38-14 record. The Pirates advanced out of the NCAA Southeast Sub-Regional at home, then went on the road to sweep No. 4-ranked North Georgia in the Super Regionals to reach the national championship tournament, where they won two games before falling in the semifinals. Dean and her staff were named the 2017 NFCA Division II Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the coaches’ association as well.
Senior Jane Trzaska was named the Peach Belt Conference’s Softball Pitcher of the Year, while outfielder Tazha Williams was named the Freshman of the Year. In addition to the pair of major awards, six Pirates earned all-conference honors, with three being named to the first team and three to the second team.
Trzaska was was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III Softball Team and the NFCA Division II All-Southeast Region second-team squad at the utility/pitcher position. Logan Harrell was named the second-team catcher.
The D2CCA All-Southeast Region squad, meanwhile, featured Trzaska as the second-team utility/pitcher and senior Hannah Reppert as the second-team first baseman.
Dean joined the Pirates from the University of Southern Indiana, where she served as the assistant coach for the Screaming Eagles from 2009-2016. While at USI, Dean assisted in all aspects of recruiting and practices as the Screaming Eagles had tremendous success on and off the field under head coach Sue Kunkle. In seven years, USI compiled a 193-146 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Championships three out of the last four seasons.
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-America honorees. On the field, USI players in her seven years with the program earned three NFCA All-America honors, seven NFCA All-Midwest Region honors and 21 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Team plaudits.
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.