RADFORD, Va. -- Radford University's head softball coach Mickey Dean announced his resignation on Thursday afternoon to take the same position at James Madison University.
"I would like to thank President Penelope Kyle, Robert Lineburg, Stephanie Ballein, Randy Butt and the rest of the administration and staff for all of the support and confidence they gave to the Radford Softball program the past six years," said Dean. "My experience and my family's experience at Radford was truly a family atmosphere. I wish nothing but the best and true success in the future for all of Radford's athletic programs, the softball program and administration."
The four-time Big South Coach of the Year set a new standard for Highlander Softball as they competed at the highest level during his six-year tenure. In addition to four-straight regular season championships, Dean guided Radford to its first two Big South Tournament titles and NCAA Regional appearances in 2009 and 2010. In the 2009 regional, the Highlanders recorded the first-ever NCAA team tournament victory for a Radford athletic program. A year later, the Highlanders were competing against Georgia in the Athens Regional Final after pulling off a 3-2 upset over No. 24 Florida State.
"I enjoyed my time at Radford and am grateful to everyone there. With the leadership and dedication of the administration we were able to build a nationally recognized program," Dean said.
Over his six seasons, Dean became the program's all-time winningest coach posting a 241-116 (.675) record, which included three triumphs over Top-25 programs. Averaging 40 victories per season, his squads won almost 60 percent of those contests away from home, which helped make the Highlanders a regular in the RPI's top 50 since 2008.
Even more impressive was his dominance in the Big South. Radford recorded an 84-21 mark and .800 winning percentage in regular season play. During that time, the Highlanders became the first team to win four outright Big South regular season titles. Between 2008 and 2011, they won a League-record 21-straight regular season series and posted the best four-year run for a Big South program with a 168-73 (.706) overall and 59-10 (.855) Conference record.
A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.