Blake Dean – Head Coach – Baseball Coaches
Blake Dean completed five seasons as a head coach at the University of New Orleans. In this period, it is 130-119-1. Dean claimed his 100th victory over Louisiana on March 12, 2019.
In 2021, Dean guided the Privateers to their best result since joining Southland when they won a second place finish in the conference tournament. During that season, he has coached six all-conference caps, tied for most in a single season since 2008.
Dean also climbed to third on the all-time winning list and by the end of season 21 he was the fifth youngest head coach in Division I baseball.
The Privateers started heating up in 2020, winning 11 of 14 games before the season closes due to the coronavirus pandemic. New Orleans swept across the state of Arkansas during this span, won playoffs against UConn and Nicholls, and defeated Tulane in Game 1 of the Pelican Cup.
That didn’t stop Dean’s streak from helping produce draft picks. Eric Orze was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 Draft by the New York Mets. This marked the fourth year in a row that a privateer has been drafted.
In 2019, Reeves Martin enjoyed an All-American season under Dean’s direction and was named as such in three publications (Collegiate Baseball Foundation, NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball). Martin continued the pitchers’ tendency to be drafted after being selected in the 21st round by Seattle.
The Privateers won the Pelican Cup from Tulane for the second straight year in ’19 and swept the green wave in the three-game series. It was only the second time in school history that New Orleans swept a three-game or more streak against Tulane.
2019 also saw the Privateers produce a Rawlings / ABCA Gold Glove winner at Salo Iza. The Privateers had two other all-conference mentions: Gaige Howard (third team) and Collin Morrill (honorable mention).
In 2018, the Privateers qualified for the 2018 Southland Tournament Championship game as the No.8 seed, defeating No.1 Sam Houston State University and No.4 Houston Baptist University (twice) for get there. Pitching staff, anchored by junior Bryan warzek, finished 21stat home with 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Warzek was drafted in the sixth round of the 2018 MLB Freshman Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers after winning first-team Conference honors from Southland, ABCA and All-LSWA. The first revised Pelican Cup went to the Privateers after New Orleans won the season series against Tulane University 2-1.
After that season, Dean was given a two-year contract extension to stay at the Lakeside.
Dean was named the seventh head coach of the University of New Orleans in its 45-year history in the summer of 2015 after a brief stint as the school’s interim head coach after the retirement of Ron maestri. In his first season at the helm, UNO enjoyed a 17-game turnaround, the eighth best in Division I in 2016, while the team were one of 17 to increase their winning percentage by 0.200, posting the fourth best improvement to. 285.
The Privateers’ record 31-26 marked the first winning record for the baseball program since 2008 and qualified for the Southland Conference for the first time since joining the league before the 2013-14 school year . The Privateers set eight-year highs for batting average (0.300), total hits (600), doubles (77), base percentage (0.368) and defensive percentage (0.966) saves ( 15), strikeouts (400) and interval lowest opponent’s batting average (0.286).
Nationally, UNO finished eighth in trebles per game with an average of 0.44 and 10th in trebles overall with 25 while Dakota Dean placed in the top 25 individually with six on the season, the 22nd most.
The resurrected UN offense led the Southland Conference in trebles, while finishing second in hits, batting average, third in RBI, least batting (328) and fourth for the percentage of hits (0.416).
Under Dean’s leadership, five privateers were named to the All-Southland conference teams with Hezekiah Randolph, winner of the first team after finishing in the top 10 in the conference for runs scored (49), runs batted in (45), doubles (16) hits (71) and hit percentage (.502) , won the America Baseball Coaches Association / Rawlings South Central Region Team Second Honor. Kyle bracey(first team), Dakota Dean(second team), Aaron Palmer(second team) and Daniel Martinez(honorable mention) all have been recognized by the league.
The Privateers supported Louisiana’s best programs in the country during the 2016 campaign by taking two of the potential NCAA Southeastern tournament entry into their regular season series before dropping a decision to the Lions in the tournament. the Southland Conference while splitting a two-game series with Tulane and beating Louisiana Tech, both of which qualified for the national tournament.
After two years of work under the legendary Ron maestriDean was first appointed as interim head coach before officially becoming the Privateers’ seventh head coach on June 30, 2015. Prior to assuming his current role, Dean rose through the ranks starting as a volunteer assistant in 2014 before to be promoted to a full-time position the following year.
During his time at the lake, Dean was instrumental in Samuel Capielano and Randolph claiming Freshman All-America status in 2014 while helping several Privateer hitters improve their production at home plate.
As the team’s hitting coach in 2015, the Privateers saw their average increase by 20 points from the 2014 campaign and three of the five returning players saw their respective batting averages increase significantly.
Diamond highlights, however, are nothing new to Dean as the Crestview, Florida native has enjoyed success at every stage of his baseball career to date.
As the prep star at Crestview High, Dean was honored for four years in all states and was a member of the United States National Youth Baseball Team. After his senior season, he claimed Louisville Slugger All-America recognition and was named one of Baseball America’s Top 300 High School Players in 2006.
From there, he packed his bags for Baton Rouge where he helped LSU to 175 combined wins, three trips to the NCAA Super Regionals and a pair of College World Series spots – including a national championship in 2009. .
As they had done during his high school career, honors came in handfuls for Dean in college. As a rookie, he was named Freshman All-SEC, Louisiana Freshman of the Year and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American.
A year later, Dean was named the All-American First Team by Baseball America, the All-South Region Second Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association, and Louisiana Hitter of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. He also claimed recognition as the SEC Tournament MVP and Baton Rouge Area Outstanding Player in the Tigers’ march to Omaha.
Dean has won All-State First Team Honors in each of his last three college seasons, was ranked on the All-SEC First Team as a Junior, and was a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in 2010.
Along the way, he was second in school history in hits (332), RBIs (260) and total goals (575), fourth in homers (56) and fifth in the points scored (223).
In 2020, Dean was named to LSU at age nine by the NCAA after his career at Baton Rouge.
Dean was drafted twice during his time at LSU, going to the 10th round against the Minnesota Twins in 2009 and the eighth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010.
He played two seasons professionally with the Dodgers organization, playing in the Rookie League for the Ogden Raptors in 2010 and the Class A Great Lakes Loons in 2011 before returning to LSU to complete his studies.
Dean received his Bachelor of Sports Administration from LSU in 2013.
After his two years of professional ball, the Crestview, Fla. Native spent a season as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater where he graduated in sports administration before joining the coaching staff of Privateer in 2014.