Mickey Dean ‘all about culture’ in taking over Auburn softball
Mickey Dean immediately discussed with his new team how they’ll go about building trust in each other.
In his first meeting with players on Saturday, Auburn’s new softball coach laid the groundwork for building a culture for a program in the wake of the departures of Clint Myers amid allegations of abuse and harassment under his watch by his son and former associate head coach Corey Myers.
“It starts with three things with our program; I can tell you that right up front: trust, love and commitment,” Dean said on Sunday. “I talked with the team (Saturday) about the trust part and I’m going to have trust them and they’re going to have to trust me. That’s where it’s got to start.
“I told them, when you take a class, you have no grades entering that class. You start at zero. That’s what your grade is. Well, for this, we treat have to treat trust the opposite. We have to start at 100 percent. We have to find a way to do that and we will.”
What Mickey Dean said at his introductory press conference
Dean, who coached James Madison to a 237-56 record over the last five years, said “the ceiling is unlimited” at Auburn, where he’s agreed to a five-year contract worth “about $250,000 a year” in total compensation, according to athletic director Jay Jacobs.
After initially being contacted by Auburn on Tuesday, Dean visited the Plains on Wednesday and was offered the job that night. After returning to JMU on Thursday and going over the offer with his wife, Liz, Dean agree to become the program’s third head coach.
“We looked at a lot of different folks but it’s obvious that Mickey was the right guy for us,” Jacobs said. “He’s won everywhere he’s been. So I look forward to seeing that.”
While Auburn senior women’s administrator Meredith Jenkins was in attendance for Dean’s introductory press conference, Jacobs would not say if there would be any changes in who would be supervising the softball program administratively.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Jacobs said. “Mickey and I will talk about that but we’re not going to talk about any personnel issues or anything like that. We’re ready to move forward. The bottom line is, is that this stuff with all those two guys are gone and we’re moving on. So that’s basically it.”
Dean said Auburn’s athletics administration was “very up front” with him regarding the issues that have transpired in the program over the last year and “felt very comfortable” with their responses as it related to any NCAA issues.
Jacobs said he and Dean have not discussed who would be joining the new coaching staff as of yet. Dean said announcements on his assistants would come as he begins the job this week, which starts with forming a culture.
“There’s two types of culture, culture by default and culture by design,” Dean said. “My responsibility as head coach is to make sure we have the culture that we want and that has to be by design. I don’t think you can be great at one thing. If you want to be great then you have to be great in all aspects of your life, academics, socially, on-the-field, work ethic. I told the team (Saturday) the only time we’re going to have a problem is if I’m outworking you or if you’re outworking me.”
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Published at Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:05:00 +0000