Charles Henderson coach Mike Dean reacts during the first half of a semi-final game in the AHSAA 4A playoffs against UMS-Wright in Troy, Ala., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (Photo/Thomas Graning)
Charles Henderson coach Mike Dean reacts during the first half of a semi-final game in the AHSAA 4A playoffs against UMS-Wright in Troy, Ala., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

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Mike Dean resigns as Charles Henderson head football coach

Published 8:01pm Monday, December 16, 2013

Just 10 days after leading the Charles Henderson Trojans to the AHSAA 4A title game, head coach Mike Dean turned in his resignation

The Troy City Board of Education approved Dean’s resignation at its monthly meeting Monday evening.

Dean was 23-5 in two seasons as Trojan head coach and is 55-20 overall in his head coaching career. Dean said the decision was not based by on-the-field issues but on wanting what is best for his family.

“This decision first and foremost is about my family and what is best for them,” Dean said. “I came to Troy two years ago wanting this to be home. I have dated my wife since the 10th grade and we wanted this to be where we raised our children. But we aren’t real happy as a family, and we need to find a place where we are.”

Troy superintendent Lee Hicks said he is sad to lose Dean but understands the desires of the head coach.

“We hate that Coach Dean tendered his resignation,” Hicks said. “He said he wants to be closer to his family. He has family in the Mobile and Birmingham areas. We want to thank him for what he’s done at Charles Henderson.”

Under Dean’s guidance, the Trojans posted two of the finest seasons in the 92-year history of Charles Henderson football.

Dean led the Trojans to a 9-4 record in his first season as head coach in 2012 and finished 14-1 in the most recent campaign. Charles Henderson advanced to the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.

In two seasons as head coach Dean won six playoff games, the same amount of wins his predecessor Hugh Fountain won in 16 seasons as head coach.

“Coach Fountain was here for 16 years and did a good job,” Dean said. “However, our coaching styles are so different that maybe it didn’t mesh well with some. I may not be the best fit for Troy, but I will remember my time here fondly.”

Dean has been a head coach at four different schools in his six-year career as a head coach. He spent one season at Daleville following a long stint as defensive coordinator at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile.  Dean returned to McGill after that year to lead the Jackets to back-to-back playoff appearances.

Dean resigned from McGill-Toolen in February of 2011 and was hired as the head football coach at Valley High School in Opelika in March. After spending one season at Valley, Dean accepted the job at Charles Henderson in February in 2012.

Dean said the timing of his resignation might be a mystery to some, but he feels it is the best situation for everyone involved.

“It gives me a chance to catch my breath and to go out and find a job,” said Dean. “It also gives the school and Mr. Hicks a chance to look for someone to take over. Come the end of January, I don’t have a job; so this gives everyone time to get things taken care of. I didn’t want to do anything secretly.”

Dean’s resignation is effective January 31, 2014.

 

  • newtopike

    Sure do hate to lose Dean. What a shame! If you are unwanted by the current administration, they will definitely make it so you don’t want to be here. Good luck Dean family and thanks for all you have done!

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    • TR186

      Why not let the football boosters hire the coach? They are the people calling the shots. I’m glad the coach was being politically correct. I am also glad that he is a man of family values, but Troy is between Mobile and Birmingham. He also just came of a runner-up finish for the State Championship–some person or organization did something to make this man angry. Let a dang coach do their job. If he came onto your job and told you what to do, how would you react? If you are a booster or a parent, you have nothing to say about how a coach is coaching(as long as he is not abusing children or cheating). Buy a ticket and watch the game. Guess it will be another 20+ years before we go that deep into the lay-offs again.

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    • Gungho

      This has “fishy” written all over it. The guy took the program to a place it hasn’t been to in 33 years followed with a knee jerk resignation? Makes no since. Obviously after the honeymoon from the initial hire was over, this wasn’t a good marriage. However if you look at Dean’s resume, history is repeating itself. All winning programs are fueled by a head coach that has relentless passion, work ethic, and enthusiasm- and Dean has it. The bottom line is when you hire a winner, you have to make compromises…and when you hire a loser you have to make compromises. The question is what compromises can a program live with?

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  • curious

    There is a person behind this who does not have a dog in this fight. In fact several people setting up the futures of there own at the expense of others. The emails are floating around. Maybe they should be published in the paper Hey remember this is Troy small town Alabama. Don’t blame the Administration because this is not Hicks. Hicks sought ought a man to win and Dean did that. Like him personally or not. The man did what Hicks hired him to do. I mean Hicks can’t win for trying to do the right thing here. Dean couldn’t do his job without people trying to tell him how to do it. And I personally don’t blame him for leaving. He couldn’t run his program for know it all people trying to tell him what to do and how to delegate responsibilities and I really don’t think he was receptive to this type of communication. I just hope Hicks will stand up for what is right and not be drug around buy these nine families who think they run the school system.

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  • WDM

    I could care less if he goes or not and I don’t know all the inside stuff going on but four head coaching jobs in 6 years tells me he isn’t happy anywhere.

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  • WDM

    If you really want to know how Dean feels and why he resign read the Dothan Eagle.
    The Messenger should have done a story like the Eagle.

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    • DAtruth

      The truth is pretty clear. Dean was Not, Hicks’s first choice. He want his buddy Dubois from the old glory days of p-ville. I am sure that Hicks did not let Dean have much control over the program. He is a great man and good coach. I wish the best for him and his family. Troy this was your shot this past year because of being in 4A. When the reclass comes out in Jan you be back in with big boys of 5A. the Spanish Forts and the St. Pauls of the world. Troy you reap what you sow. Sad to see so many good people leave this system. How about that Grad rate??? see ya!

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  • cj5levi

    Dean is quoted in the Dothan Eagle article as saying his years in Troy have been rough and the community did not accept him or his family. He stated “Troy is a very cliquish town,”. Is this the type of community that we are?

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  • Trojanparents

    This is comical, as are some of these comments. Unless you have witnessed his manic behavior on the sidelines and in meetings, you have no idea of the true identity of this man. It is always the “Blame Game”. I remember well, when the decision was made to hire him, we all received warnings from Valley High, from where he hailed. This man quits and leaves the practice field at least once a week. He has continuously (for 2 years) made it clear and vocalizes to the players that he hates this city and has no desire to stay. This has been going on from the very beginning. He had plenty of support He has Sports Boosters and the Athletic Foundation who raise money for these kids. He has alienated most of the parents, because he is IMPOSSIBLE to work with. The Dothan Eagle article is a joke. 4 schools in 6 years? That oughta tell you something. This has nothing to do with a clique or the city or Lee Hicks. This man is nuts.

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    • Perseus

      Agree with Trojanparent and everything that person said is true. This is history repeating itself. Dean blamed the town of Valley and their volunteers who raised money, too. His problems lie within his own heart and until he fixes those, he won’t be happy anywhere. Many, many families reached out to the Dean family in an effort to help them make friends, but they were not accepting. This town supported him, despite his behavior and how he treated the football players and coaches. The stands were full for every home game. the lesson to be learned here is that winning isn’t everything if it comes with a price. Dean wanted everyone here to give him free reign to do as he pleased, treat kids like animals and be rude to there parents with no consequences. He hates every town he goes to which is why this is his 4th job in 6 years. I can just hear it now, the Valley people are saying, “WE TOLD YOU SO!!”

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      • valleyguy

        Yep, Ol’ Mike Dean at it again. History repeating itself, everywhere he goes and quits, he just can’t help himself taking a shot at the community he quit on.

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    • Observer

      We all heard plenty of warnings from the folks in P-ville but our school board was bent on hiring Hicks regardless – that’s why they fired Felton-Smith and threw out the recommendations of the State Department of Education and hired the least qualified of all the candidates who applied.

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  • OldSchoolPike3Worker

    Life has taught me that it is best to think before you speak. On the other hand, there is also the old adage about a rolling stone gathering no moss but I digress.

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    • DAtruth

      Mo Truth!
      Its more of black/white thang than most will admit. Not with Dean but with why Hicks was hired.

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  • Observer

    It would be nice if someone at the Messenger would read its own terms of service and proffer some explanation why posts are deleted which violate none of the rules.

    On this string we have people calling Mike Dean nuts, accusing him of all sorts of things – but that is fine with the censors. But, any allocation of blame for the downward trajectory of the school system on the sacred Bull Lee Hicks will be censored.

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  • OldSchoolPike3Worker

    The Late Show Top 10 reasons the CHHS head coach resigned and is leaving Troy:

    10. Bad drivers

    9. Taking the coaching job at Texas

    8. Couldn’t convince the radio announcer to yell “Men of Troy!” after every CHHS touchdown

    7. Taking Malzahn’s job at Auburn because he is going to Texas

    6. Can’t get in on a decent Bunko game to save his life

    5. Needs to live closer to a Publix

    4. Taking Saban’s job at Alabama because he is going to Texas

    3. The county should have built the Walnut Creek Project when it had a chance

    2. Wants to live somewhere with snow at Christmas

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    1. Too many dang restaurants

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  • Observer

    When the principal at Prattville (Lee Hicks), along with the superintendent and head coach were run out of Prattville in the midst of an investigation into the athletic program which included accusations of recruiting violations, placing students from outside the district in apartments and accusations of grade changing, Hicks was given refuge by his old frat buddies. Part of the deal was he was supposed to bring his coach and players with him, but he failed to do so. Instead he resorted to hiring Dean as a short-timer to facilitate getting his boy from Prattville hired on.
    Dean had legitimate beefs with Hicks but did not go into them in his Eagle interview. The camel’s back was broken in the relationship when Hicks told Dean he could hire an additional coach but reneged on the offer when Dean recommended someone who did not come from P-ville.

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  • Braveheart

    Coach Snyder gone after a successful year. Now Coach Dean. PLAS lost their coach too. Troy is full of people that think they are much more important than they are and have the big fish/little pond syndrome. As a result, no one can work here unless they bow down to the aforementioned cliques that can throw their weight around in recreation sports and in the TCS system BUT when done at a higher level coaches with backbone stand up to them. Good for them. It appears that these people will have to go back to ruling over recreation leagues versus high school sports.

    Can’t wait to see how much local support our Trojans get with we are back in 5a.

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