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Crestview alum Blake Dean chasing records as UNO baseball coach
June 13, 2009; Omaha, NE; LSU Tigers outfielder Blake Dean runs toward first for a single in the first inning against the Virginia Cavaliers during game two of the College World Series. (Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports)

Crestview alum Blake Dean chasing records as UNO baseball coach

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (BVM) – Crestview High School Class of 2006 graduate and LSU baseball great Blake Dean is currently preparing for what will be a milestone 2023 baseball season. Dean is expected to earn his 200th career win as the head baseball coach of the New Orleans Privateers. 

At Crestview, Dean was a left-handed pitcher/outfielder who earned Louisville Slugger All-America recognition and he was named to Baseball America’s Top 300 High School Players of 2006 list. 

Dean switched to first base when he joined the LSU Tigers and today is widely considered as one of the best Tigers hitters of all time. He not only helped LSU win the 2009 College World Series National Championship, but he also finished his senior season in 2010 with monstrous stats that landed him in the top five for several school records. He finished No. 2 in hits (332), bases (575), RBI (260), No. 3 in career doubles (63), No. 4 in home runs (56) and No. 5 in runs scored (223). 

Dean is also a former Los Angeles Dodger. He was drafted in the eighth round in 2010 and ultimately played for affiliated teams: Ogden Raptors (2010) and Great Lakes Loons (2011). 

He joined the Privateers baseball team as an assistant coach after he retired from professional play. He was named interim head coach before the 2016 season but was given the official head coaching title before the season began. 

This upcoming college baseball season will be Dean’s eighth season leading the Privateers. He has a contract extension that will take him through the 2026 season. 

Today, at 34 years old, Dean is one of the youngest DI baseball coaches in the country. He’s actually the third-winningest baseball coach in UNO Privateers history, too. With a career record of 189-170, he also has one of the better winning percentages in the school’s history at .526. 

This Crestview native is clearly no stranger to chasing records. Dean is just 11 wins away from the 200th career win milestone. He’s bound to reach it during the 2023 baseball season considering the Privateers’ 30-win campaign overall last season.

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