AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn softball has its replacement for Clint Myers.
Auburn announced the hiring of James Madison softball coach Mickey Dean on Thursday evening. Dean spent the last five seasons with the Dukes, compiling a record of 237-56 (.809).
“Coach Dean’s accomplishments at JMU are remarkable,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “He’s won consistently at every level throughout his career. He’s done it the right way, winning with class and integrity while graduating his student-athletes at a high level. Auburn already has a winning program and we’re going to get even better. He’s a great fit for Auburn.”
— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) September 14, 2017
Dean also spent six seasons as the coach at Radford before heading to James Madison. He’s been to seven NCAA tournaments in 11 years as a coach, including a super regional berth at James Madison in 2016.
Dean has an impressive track record with pitchers, as he coached former Olympic star Jennie Finch in her professional days with the Chicago Bandits. Last season, Dean coached Megan Good, who was named the national player of the year in college softball. Good won a national-best 38 games, including one against Auburn, with a 0.86 ERA.
“It is an honor to be named the leader of the Auburn softball program,” Dean said in a statement. “I want to thank President Leath, Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs and the Board of Trustees for the exciting opportunity to lead this program. The future is bright for Auburn softball. We want the fans to be as excited as we are to come out and watch the program represent them in the highest standing.”
Dean replaces Myers, who “retired” from the program last month. Myers and his coaching staff were accused of player abuse and sexual harassment in a report from ESPN that was published two days after Myers’ departure. Jacobs and Auburn athletics confirmed a Title IX investigation into those allegations.