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.