Josh Dean has been named the head coach of the Kentucky State football team after serving as the interim coach since March.
“We are very excited that Coach Dean has accepted our offer to be our head fotball coach,” Kentucky State Athletic Director Dr. Denisha Hendricks said. “Over the last eight and half months our football team has made significant progress on and off the field all while maintaining their academic achievements.
“We are pleased with the overall direction of the program and are very excited about the future.”
Under Dean’s direction the Thorobreds are 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the SIAC this season. Dean took over a team that finished the 2012 season with a disappointing record of 2-8 overall, 0-7 in the SIAC.
The Thorobreds were outscored 287-107 by their opponents last season. This year, Kentucky State is almost dead even with its opponents with just a minus-16 (235-219) scoring differential.
Dean was asked what it means to be named head coach after having the interim tag this season.
“It’s a humbling experience,” he said. “It’s an emotional process because I now have an understanding of all the hard work that it takes to get to this point. We’re trying to create a culture and identity for this program and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this year.
“All of the success we’ve had so far is a testament to the hard work of my coaching staff and even more so the young men we are coaching and teaching every day.
“We have so much more to prove as a unit so I’m honored that Dr. Sias and Dr. Hendricks have entrusted me with this football program and believe that we can bring a conference championship to Kentucky State.”
The Thorobreds, who lost at Lane College 38-28 Saturday, wrap up the regular season at home Nov. 9 in a conference game against Morehouse College.