Lady Cougars Give Dean his 500th Win
Monday night's win over East Poinsett County was a big game for the Lady Cougars, but it also marked a personal milestone for coach Matt Dean. Dean picked up win number 500 in his storied career with the victory.
"It just means I'm old," Dean said with a laugh. "No really, it's a tribute to the kids I've had. Good players make good coaches. I've been fortunate enough to have lots of good kids over the years. I've been really blessed everywhere I've been."
Dean came to RHS in 2011, where he has helped continue a tradition of excellence in the program. Dean also coached at Ozark High School, but is known by many in the area for his time at the helm of a very successful Marmaduke Lady Greyhound program. Under Dean, Marmaduke won eight consecutive regional tournaments amidst a long list of other achievements.
If Dean had his way, his 500th win would have gone completely unnoticed.
"My wife is the one who keeps up with things like that," he said. "Coming into the season, she knew exactly how many wins there were and what number was needed to get 500. After the game, she was the one who told me (it was the 500th). I asked her to keep it low key, and she told some of my family. Of course, they put it on Facebook and then it got out from there."
Dean said he had no special plans to celebrate the achievement.
"My only plan is to hopefully get 501 some time," he chuckled. "That's what I'm looking forward to right now."