David Dean enters his 12th season as an assistant coach at MSU. This is his first year to serve as the team's strength and conditioning coordinator. Dean came to MSU after serving as an assistant at the University of Minnesota in 1989-90. During that season, the Golden Gophers finished third in the Big Ten and 10th at the NCAA Championships.
A native of Montrose, Mich., Dean was a two-time Big Ten Champion at 177 pounds for Minnesota in 1987 and 1989. He placed second and third, respectively, at the NCAA Championships those two years.
After his collegiate career, Dean continued wrestling at the national level. He served as an alternate at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta after finishing third at the Olympic Greco-Roman Trials. In 1994, he captured the silver medal at the Greco-Roman Pan American Championships to help lead the U.S. to the title. The United States won both the Greco-Roman and freestyle titles for the first time ever that year and Dean was honored as the Wrestler of the Year by the Michigan Wrestling Association.
Dean, a 1989 graduate of Minnesota, was a two-time state champion at Montrose High School. He resides in Laingsburg with his wife, Beth, and three children: sons Gabe (10) and Max (7), and daughter Cassandra (5).