Coach Bob Dean


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Bob Dean is in his eighth year as the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Hiram College as the longest-tenured and most successful coach in program history. In addition to his coaching duties, Dean also serves as the Director of Student-Athlete Affairs and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee programs.  He currently is on the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Advisory Committee and a trained NCAA Leadership Development facilitator.

Prior to coming to Hiram, Dean spent 12 years as the head girls' soccer coach at nearby Hudson High School, where he led his squad to the Division I "Final Four" on five occasions and captured the Ohio Division I State Championship in 2000. Hudson finished as the runners up in 1995, 1999, and 2001. Dean posted a 181-39-30 record at Hudson and led the team to seven national rankings. He was an 11-time conference Coach of the Year and received Coach of the Year accolades from the Plain Dealer (2000), the Beacon Journal (1994-95), the Akron Touchdown Club (six times), and was a two-time recipient from the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. In, 2001, he was a finalist for the National Federation of High School Coaches national coach of the year award. Most importantly, in 2000, Dean was honored with the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Ethics and Sportsmanship Award.  While at Hudson, Dean produced 40 Academic All-Ohio players, 15 All-Ohio players, five All-Americans, six All-Midwest Regional players. More than 40 of his players went on to compete at the collegiate level. Dean has been a professional coach since 1982, having founded the high school program at his alma mater, Aurora High School (OH) in 1981.

Dean currently serves as the program director for the NEO United Soccer Academy in Hudson, Ohio and also as a staff Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach for the Ohio Youth Soccer Association North. Dean also directed all elements of the girls' program for the Hudson United Soccer Club from 1993 through 2003 and helped to found the girls' program for the Everest Soccer Club in 1992. While at Hudson United, he coached three Bothwell State Cup Championship teams in 1996, 1999, and 2003. He has traveled extensively on the international level, directing tour operations and coaching programs for East-West Team Travel & Ambassadors in Aurora, Ohio. He holds two national coaching certifications from the United States Soccer Federation as well as certification from the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) and is a 25-year member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Dean is a 1986 graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations. In addition to his coaching duties, Dean served the Hudson City Schools by administering the district's substance abuse prevention and intervention programming. He is an Ohio & Internationally-Certified Prevention Specialist-Level II and was one of the first 50 individuals in Ohio to be granted this certification in 1989. Dean was inducted into the Aurora High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002 for his leadership as an athlete, for founding the Aurora High School soccer program, and for his service to youth and families as a professional and volunteer. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and trainer on the topics of leadership, substance abuse, and athletics. Dean is active in his church as a volunteer, mentor, group leader and worship usher. In addition, he has been a long-time supporter of Young Life of the Western Reserve and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He resides in Kent with his wife, Sally, and their two children, Abby (13) and Ryan (10).



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