Jacksonville State men’s basketball coach James Green announced on Thursday the addition of longtime college coach and recruiter Ronnie Dean to his Gamecocks coaching staff.
Dean, a coaching veteran with more than 20 years in the college ranks who is nationally recognized as a top recruiter, replaces former assistant Tom Schuberth, who left to take a similar position at Southern Miss.
“Coach Dean has been known as a national recruiter with experience in our league,” Green said. “He is familiar with the OVC and with our program here at Jacksonville State. He will be a great addition.”
“I’m extremely happy and proud to be a part of James Green’s staff and the Gamecock Basketball family,” Dean said. “Overt the years, I have admired the way Jacksonville State plays the game and coach Green’s ability to always get the best out of his teams. I’m excited to get started and help lead JSU to the top of the OVC.”
Dean comes to JSU after working the past several years in scouting, where he served as a talent scout for Ballplayers Scouting Service. Dean was responsible for evaluating junior college players across the country and high school players in the Midwestern United States.
Prior to that, he served as head coach at Highland Community College in Shreveport, Ill., where he was named Arrowhead Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Cougars to a 23-10 record and a conference championship.
Dean’s experience in the OVC came prior to his stint at HCC, when he served as an assistant at Southeast Missouri State. His arrival at SEMO marked a homecoming for the Charleston, Mo., native, who followed SEMO and OVC basketball throughout his life.
Prior to Southeast Missouri, Dean was an assistant at Jacksonville University, where he worked for legendary coach Hugh Durham during the 2003-04 season.
Dean went to Jacksonville from the University of Montana, where he led the Grizzlies to 13 wins in 2002-03, including a 70-68 win over No. 15 Stanford on the Cardinal[apos]s home floor.
Prior to joining the Grizzlies staff, Dean spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Long Beach State University, where he was the 49ers’ primary recruiter and established himself as one of the top recruiters in the country. In 2002, Long Beach State’s recruiting class was ranked 31st in the nation by Basketball Times, which also ranked the 49ers’ junior college recruiting class sixth nationally.
Dean helped Long Beach State win 55 games in three seasons under head coach Wayne Morgan, including a 24-6 mark in 1999-2000 when the 49ers earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament.
Prior to his stint at Long Beach State, Dean was an assistant at Cal State Fullerton in 1997-98. He has also coached at Barton County (Kan.) Community College in 1994-95, where the Cougars went 21-10 and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation during the season. Dean was tabbed the top assistant coach in the Jayhawk Conference by Basketball Times magazine.
In 1993-94, Dean served as the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College where he led the Antelopes to a win over Hutchinson Junior College, the nation’s top-ranked team at the time. He began his coaching career at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas in 1992. The Hawks finished the 1992-93 season with a 28-4 record and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country during the season.
Dean is a 1990 graduate of Harris Stowe State College in St. Louis, Mo., where he earned his B.A. in elementary education. He started his playing career at Jefferson (Mo.) Junior College in 1983 before transferring to Harris Stowe in 1984, where he played one season before multiple knee injuries prematurely ended his career. He earned his degree in elementary education from Harris Stowe in 1990.
~ JSU Sportswire