Kim Dean accepted the head coaching position at Georgia Southern University on June 6, 2017.
Kim Dean completed her first season as the head coach for Armstrong State softball in 2017, leading the Pirates to an NCAA national semifinals finish - the third semifinal finish in the last five seasons for the Pirates.
Dean led the Pirates to a 38-14 overall record and a 19-5 mark in the Peach Belt Conference. Armstrong State hit a school-record 85 home runs in 2017 while compiling a team 2.16 ERA, backed by NFCA All-American pitcher/outfielder Jane Trzaska. She was named the NFCA DII Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017.
Dean joined 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.
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.
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.
Megen Conner accepted the assistant softball coaching position at Georgia Southern University on June 14, 2017.
Megen Conner finished her second season as an assistant coach for the Armstrong State softball team in 2017.
Conner has been a part of two straight NCAA national semifinalist teams in 2016 and 2017, while working with the Pirate pitching staff. Armstrong State's team ERAs in 2016 (1.87) and 2017 (2.16) were the lowest for the program since 2004 and she has coached two first-team All-Peach Belt Conference pitchers in Tori Bates (2016) and Jane Trzaska (2017) - Trzaska was named the 2017 PBC Pitcher of the Year.
She has been a part of the NFCA's Division II Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year each of the last two seasons.
Conner joined Armstrong State from East Georgia State College, where she served as head coach of the Bobcats for the last three seasons. Conner helped lead the Bobcats to the GCAA Tournament all three seasons, with a third-place finish coming in 2015. Her overall record at East Georgia State was 64-51.
As a player, Conner was a four-year standout and team captain at Georgia Southern University from 2008-11, becoming the first Eagle player to earn All-Conference accolades all four years of her career. She set the Georgia Southern single-season home run record of 18 as a junior in 2010, a record that still stands, while in the circle she notched a school-record seven saves in her career. In four seasons, Conner hit .286 with 29 home runs and 113 runs batted in, while winning 26 games in the circle. She was a also four-year standout at Effingham County HS, where she played for former Armstrong State softball player and current Athletic Hall of Famer Tesh Pace (Wiewel).
After graduating from Georgia Southern, Conner joined the staff at East Georgia State College as an assistant coach in 2012 before being elevated to head coach for the 2013 season.