Joe D’Antonio, CAA Commissioner
“It was a pleasure to have had an opportunity to work with Mickey. His success at JMU, and in the CAA, was a testament to his work ethic, his ability to develop his student-athletes both on and off the field and his innovative approach to the game of softball.”
Jennie Finch, Olympic gold medalist and former All-American at Arizona
"I couldn't be more excited for Coach Dean and the success he's had over the years. It's just been such a thrill to watch and to be a part, and to cheer for him, from the Bandits to Radford and JMU, the success he's had up there. I'm excited for this opportunity for him on a big stage."
Donna Papa, North Carolina Head Coach
“Mickey Dean is a great choice to lead the Auburn program forward. Throughout his career, he has consistently put the programs he has been at on the map regionally and nationally and has had many successes at both the collegiate and professional levels. He has an outstanding softball mind and will have his teams very well prepared in all phases of the game. Having had the opportunity to compete against him and his teams for many years, they will play tough until the last out. Mickey will develop a championship culture and mindset in the Auburn program. I wish him well as he begins this next chapter in his coaching career."
Glenn Moore, Baylor Head Coach
“Auburn could not have made a better choice. No one knows the game better and gets more from their student-athletes than Coach Dean”
Laura Berg, Oregon State Head Coach
“I’m really excited for Coach Dean. He’s a great coach and will do great things at Auburn. It’ll be fun to watch.”
Eugene Lenti, DePaul Head Coach
“As soon as I heard that Mickey got the job at Auburn, the first thought that came to my mind was that he was a perfect fit for the job. I’ve known Mickey for a long time going back to our days when we coached the Chicago Bandits together. Not only is Mickey a great coach and teacher, but he is a great strategist and excellent recruiter. I really believe that Mickey is going to take Auburn to the next level. Mickey has had previous experience going toe-to-toe with and beating the other teams in the SEC, and I believe that trend will continue as he steps into his new role with Auburn. No challenge is too great for him because Mickey is a great developer of players and people.”
Mike Candrea, Arizona Head Coach
“I have known Mickey Dean for many years and without a doubt, he was a great choice for the Auburn softball program. Mickey is very passionate about the game. He is a great teacher of the game and has had success at every level he has coached. He did a great job at JMU and without a doubt, will provide Auburn softball with great leadership.”
Scot Thomas, Virginia Tech Head Coach
“I have known Mickey for over 20 years and off the field have become very good friends riding our Harley's, enjoying time away from the field. On the field, Mickey is one of the greatest, most knowledgeable and competitive coaches in the business. Auburn has made a great hire and I wish him all the best.”