Charlie Weis was named as the OC over Dean, who returned to Valdosta State and led the Blazers to a national championship two seasons later.
Dean has led the Blazers to 54 wins in his six seasons, including a pair of national championship victories — 2007 and 2012. He has the second most wins of any coach at Valdosta State, behind his predecessor Chris Hatcher.
Valdosta State has already lost one assistant coach this offseason. Offensive coordinator Robby Brown was named to the same position at Northwestern State. Defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Earl Chambers has been rumored to be the choice as the new defensive line coach at Georgia Southern University.
Kennesaw State is located in the Metro Atlanta area. Dean and his wife are both from the area and still have family that resides in the Atlanta suburbs.
Dean did not return phone calls left Monday morning.
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