Joe Dean, Jr. has served as Athletics Director at Birmingham-Southern College since 1999. For over 20 years, Dean has served as a TV color analyst on SEC basketball games. After being a three-year letterman at Mississippi State, Dean went on to become an assistant basketball coach at Mississippi State and Kentucky. Dean went on to be the head basketball coach at Birmingham Southern from 1983-1987 and then at Central Florida from 1989-1993. Dean is the son of the legendary Joe Dean, who was a popular college basketball analyst and Athletic Director at LSU.
Larry Blakeney has served as head football coach at Troy University since 1991. Blakeney has won 175 games at Troy in his 23 seasons. During Blakeney’s tenure, the Trojans have has 15 winning seasons, including six seasons of 10 wins or more. Since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2004, the Trojans have won 5 conference championships. Prior to going to Troy, Blakeney served 14 seasons as an assistant coach at Auburn University. Previously, Blakeney was a successful high school coach at Vestavia Hills, Walker, and Southern Academy. He was a three-year letterman under Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan at Auburn and was a member of the Tigers baseball team.