Courtesy: Dominique Ramos, UIW Athletics
The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to announce that Kimberly Dean has been selected as the new head softball coach. A 12-year coaching veteran, Dean spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Georgia Southern Softball (GSU) program. This past season, Dean secured her 100th career collegiate head coach victory, improving her overall record to 103-77. Dean lead GSU to three Sun Belt Conference Tournament Qualifier appearances in her four years. In addition, under Dean the GSU softball program led the nation in community service hours in 2018, 2020, and 2021.
“We are excited for what coach Dean will bring to the UIW softball team” says UIW Athletic Director Richard Duran. “We have high expectations for her and the future of UIW softball, and we know she will take our program to new heights. Coach Dean is a true servant leader with head coaching experience at the DI level, so we have no doubt she will successfully lead our program.”
“I’m extremely grateful to Dr. Thomas M. Evans, Richard Duran, Angela Lawson and all those involved in the hiring Committee for entrusting me in taking over this up-and-coming softball program,” says Dean. “UIW felt like home from the first stages of the interview process to the first time stepping on campus. I truly believe in the mission of the university and it’s athletic department. UIW is creating the best experience for the student athletes and building great leaders. I’m excited to build a culture of excellence and hit the ground running.”
Prior to Georgia Southern, Dean served as the head coach for the Armstrong State University (ASU) Softball program. At ASU, Dean and her staff received the Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2017. In that year, they appeared in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, the Southeast Regional Tournament, and the National Semifinals.
“I’m excited to see the future development of the UIW softball program under Coach Kim Dean,” says Lisa Sweany Associate VP for Administration Georgia Southern. “I’ve witnessed firsthand her drive for success at both Armstrong State and Georgia Southern and I am confident the Cardinals are in good hands. She is an exceptional recruiter, has tremendous knowledge of the game and most importantly develops her student-athletes on and off the field to be successful leaders. Great hire for UIW, the future is bright.”
Dean’s coaching career started at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), as the assistant coach for the Screaming Eagles from 2009-2016. During her seven years with USI, Dean helped led the team to four conference tournaments, three regional tournaments and an overall record of 209-167. While at USI, Dean assisted in all aspects of recruiting, practice planning and execution, scouting reports, and pitch calling. Dean also monitored the academics of a Southern Indiana program that featured 56 academic all-conference honorees, four CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees and two CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees.
During her time as a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (UWP), she was a two-time All-GLVC honoree and twice lead the team in batting average. After completing her four-year softball career at UWP, Dean spent one season as a student-assistant for the Rangers.
Dean earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Coaching from UWP in 2006. She went on to obtain a Master of Public Administration in 2012 from the University of Southern Indiana.