Georgia Southern hires two standout coaches from Armstrong

Former Armstrong State University Head Softball Coach Kim Dean and Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Sean McCaffrey—both of whom had outstanding seasons with the Pirates—have joined the Georgia Southern athletics staff.

photo of kim dean on the left and sean mccaffrey on the right
Kim Dean on the left and Sean McCaffrey on the right.

Dean was named Georgia Southern’s head softball coach last summer and made an immediate impact on the program in her first season, leading the Eagles to a top 50 RPI nationally and several big Sun Belt victories. McCaffrey took the helm as head women’s tennis coach and led the Eagles to a successful campaign this past season, picking up his 400th career victory along the way.

“I think Kim and Sean came in and did phenomenal jobs in their first season at Georgia Southern,” said Lisa Sweany, deputy athletics director. “We saw both teams progress and move forward under their leadership and we’re excited about the future of their programs.”

Dean is the former head softball coach at Armstrong, where in one year of coaching she led the Pirates to a third place finish at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships and a 38-14 overall record. For her efforts, Dean and her coaching staff were named the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

McCaffery oversaw three stellar years of men’s and women’s tennis at Armstrong. In his three years, he led the women’s team to two consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships, the first of which they tallied a perfect 33-0 record. He led the men’s team to two consecutive NCAA Division II semifinals and a No. 3 national ranking both years.